One of the new Netflix shows that came out this August is Disenchantment. Disenchantment is from the creator of the Simpsons and Futurama, Matt Groening. The Simpsons is one of the longest running shows in history that highlights the antics of Homer Simpsons and the residents of Springfield. Futurama was a somewhat spinoff of the Simpsons. The story for Futurama focused on an everyday shlub that ends up in the future with all sorts of whacky characters. While Futurama never reached the popularity of the Simpsons, it did build quite a cult following on Cartoon Network.
Disenchantment A Fantasy/Comedic Adventure
Disenchantment is a medieval adventure centered around a spunky princess Bean (Abbi Jacobson), her elf friend Elfo (Nat Faxon), and her demon sidekick Luci (Eric Andre). Right from the start, you learn that Bean is not your normal princess, and she lives to defy for father King Zog (John Dimaggio). Like many other main characters created by Matt Groening, Bean loves to party and drink. Always looking to avoid the average duties of a princess, Bean escapes the castle and meets up with her soon to be new friends Elfo and Luci.
The big difference between this show and the other two is that it has an ongoing story throughout the season. The first season is 10 episodes and about 30 minutes long so it is perfect for binge watching.
What To Like About The Show
One of the first things that really sticks out on this show, is the beautiful backgrounds. The kingdom of Dreamland is done with great detail, and far surpasses any background you will see on the other shows. Also, the characters all have the Simpsons look to them, but they are colored normal and not yellow. Another good aspect is the voice acting overall, all the actors breathe life into their characters.
As stated earlier, I really enjoyed the overall arching storyline. By the time you reach the last two episodes you really get to see how it all tied together.
What Still Needs Work
The biggest crime the show commits is it is just not that funny. I know the Simpsons have lacked in its later years, but there was a time when the Simpsons were one of the funniest shows on TV. Futurama also has some great episodes as well. With this being the first season of Disenchantment, there will hopefully be time to find its footing. The characters, while likable, are a little one note and feel like you have seen them before.
Elfo starts off funny and a naive sidekick, but then they change his character to a wannabe love interest half way through. Luci just becomes a Bender wannabe, and Bean is the same usual drunken main character. In addition, some of the individual stories feel like been there done that type stories as well.
With this being the first season hopefully, it will have time to develop and go to new places that are not that predictable. Also, with the pedigree of the Simpsons and Futurama behind the show, in time Disenchantment should become a must watch cartoon show, right now it is just passable.