DisenchantmentLatest News and Opinion
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 11:54PM EDT
IFC picks up British cult comedy series Toast of London
Episodes of the comedy starring Disenchantment’s Matt Berry were previously available on Netflix.
Posted Saturday 9/08/18 at 12:54AM EDT
Disenchantment would've worked better if it had more key female characters
Source: The Mary Sue
Matt Groening said he wanted his Netflix medieval animated series to have a "feminist bent." But having the show star Abbi Jacobson and Sharon Horgan while surrounded by male characters isn't sufficient to fulfilling Groening's goal, says Princess Weekes. "In season two," she says, "I hope they bring in a more balanced collection of male and female writers and really start crafting out a story for Bean where she can be pro-active and interesting as an anti-hero, instead of just being a collection of bland 'cool girl tropes."
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 10:02PM EDT
One positive aspect of Disenchantment is its portrayal of the girl as a loser
Source: Vanity Fair
As a whole, Matt Groening's new medieval animated Netflix series is disappointing, says Sonia Saraiya. "What Disenchantment does have going for it," she adds, "is unlikely protagonist Bean, a female take on Fry from Futurama—a couch potato everywoman, a slacker, an idle audience surrogate. Saraiya says Abbi Jacobson's character is "oddly refreshing: here is a female character who doesn’t have to be witty, pretty, or brave. She just exists, poorly, and gets a whole show for her troubles."
Posted Friday 8/24/18 at 10:43PM EDT
Stop trying to place Disenchantment and Futurama in the same universe
Source: The A.V. Club
A new Nerdist investigative video does a deep dive into the two Matt Groening series, questioning whether they take place in the same universe. The problem is that the video turns an inside joke into a conspiracy theory. As William Hughes says of a both shows existing in the same world, "sure, it’s hypothetically neat, but isn’t there a point where this encyclopedic need to “solve” all of pop culture starts to simply suck all the joy out of things?"
Posted Saturday 8/18/18 at 6:39AM EDT
Matt Groening's Disenchantment feels like a never-ending "Treehouse of Horror" sketch
Source: Entertainment Weekly
A lot of Groening's medieval animated series seems nasty -- gross without being funny, says Darren Franich. "The main feeling you get is that everyone’s stoked to work for a service without any apparent standards and practices division," says Franich. He adds: "There’s a low-key boom in brilliant TV animation these days: The deranged anti-humanism of Rick and Morty, the candy-colored muchness of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time and Steven Universe, the kinetically rebooted DuckTales. Next month sees the return of Bojack Horseman, Netflix’s best ongoing series. Catch me on the right night with way too much Duff on the brain, and I’ll tell you Bojack is the modern-day Simpsons, an ever-expanding silly city symphony carving a precise path between brilliant cultural commentary and up-close emotionality. Compared to all that, Disenchantment feels half-formed, a bit plastic. The vibe is like one of the wilder 'Treehouse of Horror' segments, the kind where the big joke is how many grotesque ways Simpsons characters can die."
- Disenchantment is comfort food for Simpsons and Futurama fans
- Disenchantment plays it too safe and winds up looking bland and dated compared to other Netflix animated series
- Groening's influence catches up with him with Disenchantment: He's looking backwards instead of forward
- Anybody expecting Disenchantment to be great from the get-go should also remember that The Simpsons and Futurama had early struggles
- Disenchantment starts rough, but it instills high stakes and emotional resonance toward the end of the season
- On the cleverness and hilarity spectrum, Disenchantment is much closer to The Simpsons Season 29 than Season 4
- Disenchatment's voice cast rescues it from mediocrity
- Groening avoided watching Game of Thrones, but added a reference "to get it out of the way"
Posted Saturday 8/11/18 at 4:53AM EDT
Matt Groening to visit Seth Meyers on Thursday for his first late-night TV appearance since 2007
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Simpsons creator will promote his new Netflix animated series Disenchantment. His last visit to a late-night show was in 2007 when he appeared on former The Simpsons writer Conan O'Brien's Late Night to promote The Simpsons movie.
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 10:51PM EDT
Matt Groening: Netflix's support for Disenchantment is night and day compared to Fox's treatment of Futurama
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Netflix couldn't have been more supportive," says Groening of his first new TV series in two decades. "They basically said yes after a very quick pitch and have been completely supportive thereon — and that is unusual in the history of TV. There is usually a lot more worry and second-guessing as time goes on." His experience with Fox was completely different. Groening says of Fox's treatment of Futurama: "They so much didn't like it, they scheduled the show for 7 p.m. on Sunday nights and then made the slogan of the network: 'The fun begins at 8 p.m.' So, I wasn't able to just read between the lines, I was able to read the line."
Posted Monday 7/30/18 at 12:49AM EDT
Matt Groening: Disenchantment grew out of ideas we couldn't do on The Simpsons
“I keep sketch books that are full of characters and I started drawing fantastic creatures we couldn’t do on The Simpsons and we just went from there,” Groening said at the TV press tour while promoting his medieval animated series. “I filled up an entire sketch book full of imps and gnomes and trolls and fairies." ALSO: Groening declined to further discuss The Simpsons' Apu controversy at press tour.
Posted Saturday 7/21/18 at 9:16PM EDT
Matt Groening's Disenchantment unveils its official trailer
Source: TV Guide
Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon and Eric Andre lend their voices to the medieval animated comedy for Netflix.
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 6:48PM EDT
Netflix teases Matt Groening's Disenchantment
The animated medieval series looks like The Simpsons meets Game of Thrones.
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
Matt Groening's Disenchantment releases its first full images
Here's the official first look at The Simpsons creator's medieval animated comedy starring Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon and Eric Andre, plus a bunch of Futurama alumni.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 10:30PM EDT
Here's your first glimpse of Matt Groening's Disenchantment Netflix animated series
Source: Dark Horizons
The Simpsons creator's medieval animated series has revealed partial images on its Twitter account. Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon, Eric Andre and Billy West are among the voice cast members on Disenchantment, which premieres later this year.