by Lee Hazell
Matt Groening’s television resume is one of the most prestigious in all of prime-time television. After re-inventing the family sitcom with The Simpsons, one of the most beloved TV series of all time, he hit it big again with internet, sci-fi favourite, Futurama.
Now, he turns his pen to fantasy with Disenchantment, a series looking to do to Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, what Futurama did for Arthur C. Clark and Isaac Asimov. The show takes place in the Kingdom of Dreamland where the hard-drinking princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo, and her personal demon Luci will probably cause the same kind of havoc Homer, Bart and Lisa caused in Springfield or Fry, Leela and Bender caused in New New York. The voice cast includes returning Matt Groening collaborators Billy West, John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille and Noel Feilding.
Matt Groening said of the program, “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.” Matt’s shows have always been about using surrealism to tackle modern life’s most ludicrous concepts and problems, and have always been one of the most effective forms of catharsis for television audiences.
Let’s hope this collaboration of one of the most respected entertainment channels of the 21st Century and the 20th Century’s greatest cartoonist comes together to make something as special as we would all hope it to be.