After two months of feverish speculation following its unexpected announcement by Netflix, the first trailer for Matt Groening’s new show Disenchantment just dropped at San Diego Comic-Con. The Simpsons creator has ventured outside of Springfield before — Futurama is considered by some to be a classic — but had never gone full fantasy and never done coming-of-age comedy. Disenchantment, which follows a less than perfect princess’s travails, checks both those boxes and looks the right amount of unpredictable.
Disenchantment is the story of alcoholic Princess Bean (Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson), who, having failed to marry a prince in the bloodiest way imaginable, sets of on an adventure in the hopes of finding herself. Like a lot of Groening’s other female leads, notably Leela from Futurama and Lisa from The Simpsons, Bean is free-spirited and smart but still feels stifled by both the expectations of her others and her own desire for self-acceptance. Also, she has a demon friend that wants nothing more than to make mankind suffer, which is something that most adults (and all parents) can sympathize with.
The show does look markedly similar to Futurama on a number of levels, but will be less episodic in nature. There is a sense that Princess Bean might actually change or grow up, something that doesn’t really happen on The Simpsons and wasn’t exactly at the core of Futurama. It’s clear that Netflix is allowing Groening to go in a new creative direction while also betting that viewers are going to be down for a lot of Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings jokes. Seems like a safe bet.
Disenchantment will hit Netflix on August, 17th.