Disenchantment: Matt Groening’s Animated Fantasy Epic

Exploring the Enchanted Kingdom of Dreamland

Disenchantment: Matt Groening's Animated Fantasy Epic
(Clockwise From Top): The demon Luci (Eric Andre), the elf Elfo (Nat Faxon) and the princess Bean (Abbi Jacobson) head into the woods in Disenchantment.

Disenchantment: In animated television, few names are as iconic as Matt Groening. The creative genius behind “The Simpsons” and “Futurama” brought his unique blend of humor and storytelling to a new frontier with “Disenchantment,” an American animated fantasy sitcom produced exclusively for Netflix.


Genre: Animated Fantasy Sitcom

Created by: Matt Groening

Streaming Service: Netflix

Number of Episodes: 50 (5 parts)

First Part Release: August 2018

Final Part Release: September 1, 2023

Main Characters:

  • Bean (Princess Tiabeanie Mariabeanie de la Rochambeau Grunkwitz) – Voiced by Abbi Jacobson
  • Luci (Bean’s personal demon) – Voiced by Eric André
  • Elfo (Half-elf) – Voiced by Nat Faxon
  • King Zøg (Bean’s father and ruler) – Voiced by John DiMaggio
  • Queen Oona (King Zøg’s second wife) – Voiced by Tress MacNeille
  • Prince Derek (Zøg and Oona’s hybrid son)
  • Prince Merkimer (Arranged to marry Bean) – Voiced by Matt Berry
  • Odval (Prime Minister of Dreamland) – Voiced by Maurice LaMarche
  • Queen Dagmar (Bean’s mother and sorceress) – Voiced by Sharon Horgan

Development: Created by Matt Groening, animated by Rough Draft Studios.

Casting: Main cast includes Abbi Jacobson, Eric André, Nat Faxon, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille, Matt Berry, David Herman, Maurice LaMarche, Lucy Montgomery, and Billy West.

Reception: The series received generally positive reviews with praise for its humor and character development.

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A Groening Creation: From Springfield to Dreamland

“Disenchantment” marked a significant milestone in Matt Groening’s career, becoming his first production to appear exclusively on a streaming service. Before this, Groening had made television history with “The Simpsons,” a beloved family sitcom that became a cultural phenomenon, and “Futurama,” a futuristic comedy garnered a dedicated fanbase. With “Disenchantment,” Groening delved into medieval fantasy, offering a fresh take on the genre.

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The series is set in the medieval fantasy kingdom of Dreamland, a land filled with mythical creatures, magic, and quirky characters. At its core, “Disenchantment” revolves around the adventures of Princess Bean, a rebellious and often alcoholic royal who defies convention at every turn. Bean’s loyal companions include the idealistic elf Elfo and the impish Luci, her demon. Together, they embark on a series of escapades that unravel the mysteries of Dreamland.

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The Stellar Voice Cast

“Disenchantment” boasts a talented ensemble of voice actors who bring the characters to life:

  • Abbi Jacobson as Princess Bean: A spirited 19-year-old princess with a penchant for alcohol and rebellion. Despite her wild ways, Bean cares deeply for her kingdom, friends, and father, King Zøg. As the series unfolds, she discovers a latent magical power that could change her destiny.
  • Eric André as Luci: Bean’s demon, who often takes the form of a minor, mischievous creature. Luci’s antics frequently lead to trouble, and he is often mistaken for a cat.
  • Nat Faxon as Elfo: An optimistic 18-year-old half-elf hailing from Elfwood. Elfo’s innocence and love for anchovies contrast with the darker aspects of Dreamland.
  • John DiMaggio as King Zøg: Bean’s father and the ruler of Dreamland, a character reminiscent of classic Groening patriarchs.
  • Tress MacNeille as Queen Oona: King Zøg’s second wife and Bean’s stepmother, a humanoid amphibian from Dankmire who married into the royal family as part of a political alliance.
  • Matt Berry as Prince Merkimer: A prince from the kingdom of Bentwood, initially betrothed to Bean until a curse transforms him into a talking pig.
  • Maurice LaMarche as Odval: The three-eyed prime minister of Dreamland, a mysterious character with his agenda.
  • Sharon Horgan as Queen Dagmar: Bean’s mother and King Zøg’s first wife, whose dark past as an evil sorceress haunts her daughter’s journey.

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The Epic Saga: Multiple Parts and Releases

“Disenchantment” unfolds its story over five parts, each with ten episodes. This format allows for gradually exploring Dreamland and its neighboring lands and unraveling a mythical conspiracy that threatens the kingdom.

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The ” Disenchantment ” release schedule has kept viewers eagerly anticipating new adventures. The series made its debut in August 2018 with the first part. Subsequent parts were released in September 2019 (Part 2), January 2021 (Part 3), February 2022 (Part 4), and finally, the fifth and concluding part arrived on September 1, 2023.

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The Groening Touch: Familiar Humor and Deeper Themes

As a Matt Groening creation, “Disenchantment” carries his trademark animation style and irreverent humor. However, the series also dives into deeper themes and narrative arcs. Groening has described the show as having a “definite feminist point of view,” emphasizing the strength and independence of characters like Princess Bean in a medieval setting where gender roles are often rigid.

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Showrunner Josh Weinstein noted that one of the joys of writing for “Disenchantment” is the gradual unfolding of mysteries and character development. As the series progresses, viewers witness the deepening of the show’s mythology, along with a focus on complex character relationships and evolving storylines.

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Casting Connections: A Groening Reunion

“Disenchantment” reunites several voice actors who had previously worked on Groening’s other projects, such as “Futurama.” This familiar camaraderie adds to the series’s charm and showcases these actors’ versatility in bringing a diverse range of characters to life.

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Tying the Animated Universes Together

In a delightful nod to fans, “Disenchantment” features Easter eggs and references that tie it to Groening’s other works. The episode “Dreamland Falls” notably hints at a shared universe with “Futurama,” suggesting that both shows exist in the same animated multiverse. Such connections add an extra layer of enjoyment for fans who appreciate the interconnectedness of animated storytelling.

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Critical Reception: Mixed but Evolving

“Disenchantment” received a mixed reception from critics and viewers, particularly in its early parts. Rotten Tomatoes reported a 62% approval rating for Part 1, with reviewers praising Groening’s humor but noting that the series sometimes played it safe. Metacritic yielded “mixed or average reviews” with an average score of 56 out of 100 for Part 1.

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However, the series showed promise and improvement over time. Part 2 garnered a 73% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with reviewers appreciating the evolving storytelling and character development. Screen Rant described it as a “considerable step forward.”

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With each subsequent part, “Disenchantment” continued to refine its storytelling and explore deeper themes, including love, loss, and mental health. The series found its footing and began to resonate more strongly with audiences. Viewers appreciated the expansion of the story into places like Steamland, a steampunk-inspired counterpart to Dreamland, and the gradual maturation of its characters.

Conclusion: A Journey of Enchantment

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“Disenchantment” represents Matt Groening’s enchanting foray into medieval fantasy, blending his signature humor with intricate storytelling and memorable characters. Despite initial mixed reviews, the series evolved, deepening its mythology and engaging with complex themes. As “Disenchantment” concluded with its fifth part, it left behind a legacy of growth and enchantment, reminding us that genuine character development and storytelling depth can thrive even in the most fantastical worlds.

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FAQ: Disenchantment – Matt Groening’s Animated Fantasy Sitcom

1. What is Disenchantment?

Disenchantment is an American animated fantasy sitcom created by Matt Groening for Netflix. It’s set in the medieval fantasy kingdom of Dreamland and follows the adventures of Princess Bean, her demon Luci, and their elf companion Elfo.

2. Who is the creator of Disenchantment?

Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons and Futurama, is the mastermind behind Disenchantment.

3. Where can I watch Disenchantment?

Disenchantment is exclusively available on Netflix.

4. How many episodes and seasons are there?

Disenchantment consists of five parts, each containing ten episodes. The first part premiered in August 2018, and the fifth and final part was released on September 1, 2023.

5. Who are the main characters in Disenchantment?

  • The main characters include:
    • Princess Bean (Abbi Jacobson)
    • Luci (Eric André)
    • Elfo (Nat Faxon)
    • King Zøg (John DiMaggio)
    • Queen Oona (Tress MacNeille)
    • Prince Derek (Tress MacNeille)
    • Prince Merkimer (Matt Berry)
    • Odval (Maurice LaMarche)
    • Queen Dagmar (Sharon Horgan)

6. Can you tell me more about the plot?

Disenchantment is set in the fictional kingdom of Dreamland and follows the rebellious Princess Bean, her demon Luci, and her elf companion Elfo. Over five parts, they embark on adventures, uncover mysteries, and encounter mythical elements.

7. Is Disenchantment related to other Matt Groening shows like The Simpsons and Futurama?

While Disenchantment has its unique world and characters, it bears Matt Groening’s trademark humor and animation style. Some crossovers or references to other Groening series may exist.

8. Are there plans for more episodes or seasons?

The creators have confirmed that new episodes were in production as of September 2022. However, as of August 1, 2023, Netflix announced that Disenchantment would conclude with the fifth and final part.

9. What can I expect from the humor and themes in Disenchantment?

Disenchantment combines humor with fantastical elements and often tackles themes such as feminism, adventure, and mythology. It’s known for its witty writing and unique character dynamics.

10. What is the critical reception of Disenchantment?

Disenchantment received mixed-to-positive reviews, with some praising its humor and character development, while others found it slow to start. It has a dedicated fan base is known for its charm and uniqueness.

Read also: Matt Groening (1954-): The Creative Genius Behind The Simpsons, Futurama, and Disenchantment, The Simpsons: A Chronicle of American Satire, and Futurama: The Time-Traveling Odyssey of Matt Groening

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