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When he’s not busy working on The Simpsons or trying to bring Futurama back from cancellation purgatory – again – you’d think that Matt Groening liked to just take it easy.
After all, the guy is 64 years of age now and has certainly done enough in his time to earn a rest.
However, as you’d probably have surmised by now, Groening isn’t in the habit of ‘slowing down’ and his latest project could be his most ambitious one yet.
Far away from the relative safety that he’s had at 20th Century Fox, Groening’s latest series is headed exclusively to Netflix.
Coming in mid-August, Groening’s Disenchantment centers on the dysfunctional Princess Bean and her partners, Luci, a demon, and Elfo, a dwarf, as they make their way through the magical realm of Dreamland.
Apparently looking to capture the same Netflix adult-orientated market that shows like BoJack Horseman and Big Mouth have captured, Disenchantment could help round out Netflix‘s ever-increasing rule over the industry.
Abbi Jacobson (of Broad City fame) will lend her voice to Princess Bean, with Eric Andre and Nat Faxon (from The Descendents) voicing Luci and Elfo, respectively. Rounding out the rest of the cast will be David Herman, Matt Berry, Jeny Batten, Noel Fielding, Lucy Montgomery, and Rich Fulcher. The series will also act as a mini Futurama reunion as John DiMaggio (the voice of Bender), Billy West (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan), Maurice LaMarche (various, but most notably Kif Kroker), and Tress MacNeille (Mom) will all act as supporting roles.
The Simpsons’ 29th Season has only just concluded, leading to a Matt Groening art-style void in fan’s lives. Thankfully, however, that doesn’t seem to be the case now.
Expect plenty of satire of the classic fantasy genre, just as The Simpsons pokes fun at American pop-culture and Futurama made light of sci-fi conventions, as Disenchantment has already been ordered for two seasons at 10-episodes apiece.