It was a pretty large deal in July 2017 when Netflix introduced it had landed Matt Groening’s latest animated collection, “Disenchantment.”
In any case, Groening created “The Simpsons” — the longest-running animated collection in TV historical past — in addition to “Futurama,” which bounced round from 1999 to 2013 (repeats air on Comedy Central). Earlier than “The Simpsons,” Groening made noise together with his “Life in Hell” cartoon.
“Disenchantment,” premiering Aug. 17, was billed as “an grownup animated comedy fantasy collection” however misses its mark, because it’s neither “grownup” nor is there a lot comedy. The 10-episode collection will enchantment extra to a preteen sensibility than to anybody over 14 (there’s implied raunchiness — phrases like “dong” and a kingdom known as “Bentwood”) and it’s obtained loads of, properly, cartoonish violence a la “Itchy and Scratchy” from “The Simpsons.” What it doesn’t have is the appeal or wit of that collection — both in its storyline or its characters — and principally plods together with solely the occasional throwaway line eliciting a smile.
What “Disenchantment” does have, nonetheless, is a first-rate solid giving it their all to breathe some life into their characters. Abbi Jacobson (“Broad Metropolis”) takes the lead function as Bean, a bored, belching, hard-drinking younger princess (with buck tooth — a Groening trademark) whose father, King Zog of Dreamland (John DiMaggio), desires to marry her off to seal an alliance with the aforementioned Kingdom of Bentwood. Bean’s sidekicks are her “private demon,” Luci (Eric Andre) — an equally hard-drinking, wisecracking feline-ish incarnation who’s actually not all that unhealthy — and Elfo (Nat Faxon), a good-natured elf who left residence towards the recommendation of the village elders. Collectively, they attempt to foil Bean’s upcoming nuptials; her first marriage ceremony doesn’t go as deliberate and now she’s been promised to the useless, dimwitted Prince Merkimer (Matt Berry).
A lot of the jokes fall flat and appear weirdly dated. One character is dubbed “Slayer of Metallica” and there’s this change: “How can we repay you?” “Money. Depart it on the department.” A stab at topical commentary includes a “racist antelope” within the Enchanted Forest (“An elf and a human lady? That ain’t proper,” he says); Bean, searching for a approach to eliminate Prince Merkimer, visits the “Little Seizures Poison Store.” The smoke from a cannon blast spells out “Mazel Tov.” It’s that type of humor.
“Disenchantment” compensates for its lackluster writing/originality with its first-rate animation, however that gained’t be sufficient to maintain “grownup” viewers round very lengthy, given the array of top-notch animated collection at present airing (together with “The Simpsons” and “Rick and Morty”).