“Disenchantment,” “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening’s animated series for Netflix, is finally moving along, with the streaming service ordering 20 episodes and announcing the voice cast.
The series takes place in a crumbling medieval kingdom called Dreamland and will follow the lives of a princess with a drinking problem named Bean, an elf companion named Elfo and her personal demon Luci.
Abbi Jacobson (“Broad City”) will star as Bean, Oscar-nominated screenwriter and actor Nat Faxon will play Elfo and Eric Andre (“The Eric Andre Show”) will voice Luci.
A staple of voice actors from Groening’s past works, including from “Futurama,” will also be lending their voices. This list includes John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Matt Berry, Jeny Batten, Rich Fulcher, Noel Fielding and Lucy Montgomery.
“Ultimately,” says Matt Groening, who will also be showrunner, “‘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.”
Netflix ordered 20 episodes, but will be airing it ten at a time starting in 2018.
“Matt Groening’s brilliant work has resonated with generations around the world and we couldn’t be happier to work with him on ‘Disenchantment,'” said VP of original content Cindy Holland. ” “The series will bear his trademark animation style and biting wit, and we think it’s a perfect fit for our many Netflix animation fans.”
A deal between Groening and Netflix was first announced in January 2016 for a new animated series, but with few details.
“Disenchantment” is produced by The ULULU Company for Netflix, with Groening and Josh Weinstein serving as executive producers. Rough Draft Studios, which animated “Futurama,” will also be doing animation here.