After introducing us to the 31st century with Futurama, Matt Groening is exploring the other side of the SF/F divide for Netflix: His next project is the adult animated comedy Disenchanted, set in a fantasy land populated by princesses and elves and orcs yet also filled with the same quotidian issues as our ordinary human lives.
Netflix describes the series in a press release:
In Disenchantment, viewers will be whisked away to the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, where they will follow the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean (Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson), her feisty elf companion Elfo (Nat Faxon, Star Wars: Detours, and her personal demon Luci (Eric Andre, Man Seeking Woman). Along the way, the oddball trio will encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses, and lots of human fools.
“Ultimately,” Groening said, “Disenchantment will be about life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots, despite what the elders and wizards and other jerks tell you.” Other voice talent includes Futurama favorites John DiMaggio and Billy West, among others.
Groening dabbled in fantasy tropes with the 2008 Futurama film “Bender’s Game,” which sees the characters enter a virtual-reality Dungeons & Dragons campaign.
Netflix has ordered twenty episodes of Disenchantment; the first ten will be released sometime in 2018.