Fresh off its cancellations of two high-profile shows, ‘Iron Fist’ and ‘Luke Cage’, Netflix has given the green light to another series, Matt Groening’s ‘Disenchantment’, a skewed take on classic fairy tale tropes. The first ten episodes were released in August with an additional 10 arriving in 2019. But it appears these 20 episodes will collectively make up the first season. Now Netflix has ordered 20 more that will also be broken up to arrive in 2020 and 2021.
Groening issued a statement, saying:
“We’re excited to continue this epic journey with Netflix. Stay tuned for more cranked-up suspense, infuriating plot twists, and beloved characters getting knocked off.”
Critically speaking, ‘Disenchantment’ hasn’t been a slam dunk. It has gotten a mixed reaction from both critics and viewers, who aren’t as enchanted with this series as they have been by ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Futurama’. Abbi Jacobson voices the series’ lead, Princess Bean, a rebellious, independent woman in a world of old-fashioned values. (The first episode centered on her refusal to enter into an arranged marriage.) Instead, Bean has embarked on a series of misadventures in the magical kingdom of “Dreamland,” accompanied by the randy elf, Elfo (voiced by Nate Faxon), and demon Luci (Eric Andre). The amazing John DiMaggio voices Bean’s father, King Zøg, who actually looks just like DiMaggio in real life, while Tress MacNeille plays her stepmother Queen Oona. The cast also includes Jeny Batten, Matt Berry, Noel Fielding, Rich Fulcher, David Herman, Maurice LaMarche, Lucy Montgomery, and Billy West.
‘Disenchantment’ is just one of a number of Netflix adult-skewing animated series including “wworkhorse” ‘BoJack Horseman’ (whose fifth season was just released), Bill Burr’s ‘F is for Family’, Nick Kroll’s ‘Big Mouth’, and ‘Paradise P.D.’ The streaming service has also ordered new series, ‘Hoops’, featuring Jake Johnson (‘The New Girl’) and ‘Tuca & Bertie’, created by the team behind ‘BoJack Horseman’ and starring Tiffany Haddish.
Were you a fan of ‘Disenchantment’? Are you excited that there will be more coming for the next few years?