Matt Groening’s ‘Disenchantment’ Netflix series is not good vs evil, it’s more nuanced

When I saw the trailer for Matt Groening’s new Netflix series ‘Disenchantment‘ pop up in my YouTube feed this morning, my Sunday was all of a sudden even brighter.

Because, come on, Matt Groening takes on the fantasy world with characters that look and sound like they just stepped out of The Simpsons or Futurama? How freaking cool is that?



The official trailer for ‘Disenchantment‘ was unveiled yesterday at San Diego Comic-Con International (the perfect place for it).

The show itself centers around Princess Bean, a young girl drawn very much in the vein of Marge Simpson, but younger and white-haired, her friend Elfo (yep, he’s an elf) and the princess’s personal demon Luci.

The trailer starts off with Princess Bean being forced to marry a man she is not in love with but, during the wedding ceremony, she thinks better of it. So she smacks the ring out of the unfortunate man’s hand, and screams “No”.

What follows is a crazy Simpson-style adventure, kicked off by the no-longer-Bean’s-fiance impaling himself on a chair made of swords as he bends down to retrieve the ring, and Bean herself heading out on the road on an adventure of self-discovery with Elfo and Luci in tow.

As for the theme of the show? Is ‘Disenchantment’ good versus evil, like in most fantasy worlds?

Not according to Groening.

He told the crowd at Comic-Con yesterday he didn’t want to go that route. (Let’s face it, it’s been done to death anyway). So, instead, the characters in ‘Disenchantment‘ are more nuanced, with a bit more “shade”.

As Groening describes it,

“The tendency in a lot of epic fantasies and science fiction is ‘good vs. evil,’ and we tried to shade it a little bit. King Zog starts out pretty villainous, but then you find out he has his reasons, and he’s not all bad.

And same thing with Bean, who’s the star of the show, and who it’s all about. She’s not perfect by any means–she makes some bad mistakes and she has a lot of flaws, but you like her anyway”.

Watch the ‘Disenchantment‘ trailer below to see just how ridiculously good this show looks to be.

Season 1 of ‘Disenchantment‘ will be available on Netflix in its entirety (10 episodes) starting August 17th. I know what I’m going to be doing at 12:01 am. What about you?

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Michelle Topham