Disenchantment (TV series)

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Disenchantment
Disenchantment title card.png
Genre
Created byMatt Groening
Developed by
Voices of
Composer(s)Mark Mothersbaugh
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
Running time22–36 minutes
Production company(s)The ULULU Company
Rough Draft Studios
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (Ultra HD)
Original releaseAugust 17, 2018 (2018-08-17) –
present
External links
Website

Disenchantment is a satirical fantasy sitcom created by Matt Groening. The series is Groening's only production to appear exclusively on Netflix; he previously created The Simpsons and Futurama for 20th Century Fox Television. Set in the medieval fantasy kingdom of Dreamland, the series follows the story of Bean, a rebellious and alcoholic princess, her naïve elf companion Elfo, and her destructive "personal demon" Luci. Disenchantment stars the voices of Abbi Jacobson, Eric Andre, Nat Faxon, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille, Matt Berry, David Herman, Maurice LaMarche, Lucy Montgomery, and Billy West.

Twenty episodes of the series were initially ordered by Netflix, with the first ten episodes being released on August 17, 2018, and the remaining episodes were released on September 20, 2019. In October 2018, Disenchantment was renewed for a twenty-episode second season, to be released between 2020 and 2021.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Abbi Jacobson as Princess Bean, a 19-year-old princess from Dreamland.[1] Her full name is Princess Tiabeanie Mariabeanie de la Rochambeau Grunkwitz.[2] She enjoys drinking.[1]
  • Eric Andre as Luci, Bean's personal demon.[1]
    • as Pendergast, the head of King Zøg's knights.[1]
  • Nat Faxon as Elfo, an 18-year-old elf from Elfwood. He is optimistic and likes candy. In "To Thine own Elf Be True", it is revealed that Elfo is only part elf and part something else. His mother has yet to be revealed.[1]
  • John DiMaggio as King Zøg, Bean's father and the ruler of Dreamland[1] of the Royal House of Grunkwitz.
  • Tress MacNeille as Queen Oona, King Zøg's second and former wife and Bean's stepmother. She is an amphibian creature from Dankmire who married into the family as part of an alliance between the kingdoms.[1] In "The Very Thing", she divorces Zøg and leaves Dreamland to become a Pirate Queen.
    • as Bonnie Prince Derek, Zøg and Oona's son, and Bean's half-brother.[1] Their kingdom follows male-preference primogeniture, so Derek is heir to the throne ahead of his older sister - not that Bean particularly cares. He becomes de facto King in "Tiabeanie Falls", after Zøg is accidentally shot by Bean in the previous episode.
    • as The Fairy, who helps Bean with advice.[1]
    • as the Arch Druidess, the religious leader of Dreamland, revealed in "Tiabeanie Falls" to be secretly in league with Odval to take over Dreamland.
  • Matt Berry as Prince Merkimer, from the kingdom of Bentwood, who is arranged to marry Bean, but was turned into a pig.[1]
  • David Herman as The Herald, who announces arrivals for the kingdom of Dreamland and also presents news[1]
    • as Guysbert, Merkimer's older brother.[1]
    • as Jerry, who assists Cloyd and The Enchantress[1]
    • as Superviso, the supervisor of Elfwood.
  • Maurice LaMarche as Odval, the three-eyed prime minister of Dreamland.[1]
    • as Big Jo, the world's leading exorcist and all-around creepy person.
    • as Leavo, an elf who left Elfwood and became a pirate captain.
  • Lucy Montgomery as Bunty, Bean's lady-in-waiting. She is married to Stan.[1]
    • as The Enchantress, a mysterious woman who sent Luci to Bean as a wedding gift.[3][1] Later revealed to be Dagmar and Cloyd's sister Becky, who prefers to go by "Rebecca".
  • Billy West as Sorcerio, a wizard who serves as King Zøg's advisor.[1]
    • as The Jester, whose catchphrase is "Oh no!" when he is tossed out of windows or falls through trap doors.[1]
    • as Mertz, a Dreamland knight reporting to Pendergast[1]
    • as Pops the Elf, Elfo's father.[1]
    • as King Rulo, the ruler of Elfwood.
  • Noel Fielding as Stan the Executioner, Dreamland's good-natured royal executioner and manager of the torture chamber[1]
  • Sharon Horgan as Queen Dagmar, Bean's biological mother and ex-wife of King Zøg.[4]

Recurring[edit]

  • Jeny Batten as Kissy the Elf, Elfo's friend, coworker, and former lover in Elfwood[1]
    • as Ursula, a selkie, a bear that transforms into a woman when she removes her fur. She meets and falls in love with Zøg.
    • as Tess, a one-eyed giantess.
  • Rich Fulcher as Cloyd, who is in league with the Enchantress,[1] who was revealed by an assassin to be the Emperor of Maru in Episode 8, "The Limits of Immortality," [1] and also Dagmar and the Enchantress's brother
    • as Turbish, a Dreamland knight reporting to Pendergast.[1]
  • Unvoiced but appearing are Vip and Vap, King Zøg's silent cape-bearers[1]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release dateProd.
code
Part 1
1"A Princess, an Elf and a Demon Walk into a Bar"Dwayne Carey-HillMatt Groening & Josh WeinsteinAugust 17, 2018 (2018-08-17)1DNT01
Princess Tiabeanie "Bean" is the roughhousing princess of Dreamland, unhappily destined to marry Prince Guysbert, son of the incestuous king and queen of Bentwood. Looking through her wedding gifts, Bean finds a demon named Luci who was sent by two dark mages hoping to turn Bean to evil. Luci ends up being a fun-loving troublemaker who sympathizes with Bean's predicament as she feels that the marriage is simply a grab for more power by her father King Zøg. Meanwhile, Elfo, an optimistic elf, disillusioned with his candy-making happy life, leaves the elf realm much to the consternation of his people. Elfo arrives in time to witness Bean turn down Guysbert who unfortunately impales himself on a sword. Bean, Elfo, and Luci escape while Prince Merkimer, next in line to marry Bean, and his men chase after her. The group is directed by a fairy to the Wishmaster, who turns out to be the Washmaster, and hopelessly surrounded, they jump off a cliff.
2"For Whom the Pig Oinks"Frank MarinoDavid X. CohenAugust 17, 2018 (2018-08-17)1DNT02
Bean, Elfo, and Luci are "rescued" by Merkimer who takes them back to Dreamland. Elfo is taken in by Sorcerio who wants to use his blood to create more magic and so Zøg can gain the elixir of life. At Luci's suggestion, Bean approaches Merkimer with the idea of having a bachelor party before the marriage. She also discovers Zøg and Sorcerio's plan to drain Elfo of his blood so they use pig's blood to fool them. At the bachelor party, the entire crew travels to mermaid island in the hopes that Merkimer will be killed by the mermaids. He is instead taken in by walruses who save them from murderous Borcs, though they turn out to be the allied Bozaks. Bean ultimately loses hope; however, a thirsty Merkimer discovers the "elf blood" which is mostly pig's blood and Elfo convinces him to drink it transforming him into a pig. Bean, fed up, denounces the marriage and Zøg finally agrees with his daughter. This upsets the king of Bentwood and he and Zøg settle things in a fistfight with Bean, Elfo, and Luci happily watching.
3"The Princess of Darkness"Wes ArcherRich FulcherAugust 17, 2018 (2018-08-17)1DNT04
While under the influence of Queen Oona's snake root, Bean, Elfo, and Luci run into a gang of gender aware thieves who convince Bean to join them. At Luci's urging, Bean breaks into her ancestors' resting place and steals their valuables, but the thieves betray them and they get caught. At the suggestion of Odval, Zøg's vizier, they decide to hire an exorcist named Big Jo to remove a demon from Bean, unaware of the fact that Luci, whom everyone thinks is a cat, is Bean's personal demon. Big Jo manages to seal away Luci and leaves. While Bean feels clean and at peace with herself, Elfo convinces her that they need to get Luci back and learn that he, along with several other demons will be tossed into a volcano. Bean and Elfo get back at the thieves by getting their valuables and manage to reach Big Jo who they end up dismembering and toss into the volcano. When they successfully free Luci, Elfo accidentally causes Big Jo's carriage to roll down the mountain which crashes and frees all the other demons into the world.
4"Castle Party Massacre"David D. AuJeff RoweAugust 17, 2018 (2018-08-17)1DNT05
Due to her status as a princess, as well as her reputation, Bean is frustrated by the fact that she cannot have a real relationship with anyone. Zøg ends up drinking poisoned fountain water and is taken by Oona to her people's spa where an employee named Chazz begins to torture Zøg with his stories. Meanwhile, the residents at the castle throw a party. While Bean seeks to use this to hook up with someone, Elfo wants to use the opportunity to tell his true feelings to her. The party is suddenly overrun by vikings where their leader, Sven, ends up catching the interest of Bean, angering Elfo. When Bean and Sven are about to make out, Elfo interrupts them and accidentally reveals that Bean is the princess. Sven then reveals his true intent to take over Dreamland and have Bean rule by his side. The trio trick Sven into drinking the poisoned fountain and get rid of him and his vikings. They manage to clean up the party in time for Zøg to arrive, but he finds severed body parts in the chimney angering him. Bean, Elfo, and Luci calmly watch the sunrise mutually.
5"Faster, Princess! Kill! Kill!"Ira SherakReid HarrisonAugust 17, 2018 (2018-08-17)1DNT06
Following the party, Zøg sends Bean to a convent to become a nun. She immediately gets kicked out and Zøg insults her for being a "good-for-nothing." She meets up with her maid Bunty, her husband Stan and their numerous children. To earn her living, Bean decides to take a job as an apprentice to Stan, who is an executioner and torturer. Elfo stays with Bunty who babies him so much that he runs away into the woods. Bean meets a cackling witch named Gwen with whom she sympathizes. When it comes time to execute her, Bean cannot bring herself to do it and leaves the kingdom. She and Luci find Elfo's foot prints when he ran into the woods and follow them, where they find he has entered a candy house which is now owned by a cannibalistic Hansel and Gretel. Bean and Luci arrive in time to rescue Elfo and Bean ends up killing the siblings with a candy ax, albeit in self defense. Gwen is suddenly cured from a curse and leaves pardoned. Zøg tells Bean that he is proud of her, though she threatens to kill him if he continues to make fun of her buck teeth.
6"Swamp and Circumstance"Albert CallerosEric HorstedAugust 17, 2018 (2018-08-17)1DNT03
Bean once again sneaks off with Elfo and Luci for more debauchery. Zøg feeling that he does not give Bean enough to do, decides to make her an ambassador while the family goes on their trip to Dankmire, the homeland of Oona and her son Derek. When they get there, the group puts up with the customs of the Dankmirians who for years were at war with the Dreamlanders due to a canal that was built (which the Dankmirians were forced to pay for). Both sides claimed ownership of the canal and the fighting stopped once Zøg married Oona. Impressed with Bean handling the situation, Zøg asks for her to give a speech at a banquet. Overcome with the stress of thinking of what to say, Luci spikes Bean's drink and she shows up drunk at the banquet where she humiliates herself and her family and offends the Dankmirians who chase them out of their land. Oona makes it back safely, but Zøg and Derek are captured by hillbillies and Bean, Elfo, and Luci rescue them. Zøg finally admits that he is proud of Bean and allows her to go to Hay Man, an event that he initially disallowed her to attend.
7"Love's Tender Rampage"Peter AvanzinoJeny Batten & M. DicksonAugust 17, 2018 (2018-08-17)1DNT07
While passed out drunk, Bean, Elfo, and Luci are picked up by the plague patrol who toss them into a pit. As they are about to be burned alive, Elfo tries to kiss Bean, but she rebuffs him. They manage to get out and Elfo claims that he was not trying to kiss her because he already has a girlfriend who Elfo claims is tall, has red hair and one eye. The trio head to a drug den and while in a state of intoxication, Bean claims to have seen Elfo's girlfriend. She sends the royal guard to go and find her and they bring back a giantess who they later learn is named Tess. Tess is upset over having been taken from her home, but she agrees to go along with Elfo's charade so that she can get a real working eye from him. Elfo ends up using a crystal ball and Tess is suddenly able to see the truth in everyone. This results in Elfo telling Bean the truth and a fire causes a mob to chase the three and Tess. They use the drug den to turn the mob away and Tess leaves with Bean and Elfo finally kissing, albeit while in another intoxicated state.
8"The Limits of Immortality"Brian SheesleyPatric VerroneAugust 17, 2018 (2018-08-17)1DNT08
During a parade, Elfo is kidnapped by someone and Bean approaches Zøg with a quest to find him. Coincidentally, Sorcerio finds a book in Gwen's burned down candy house and figures out that the secret to the elixir of life is tied to a vial called the Eternity Pendant and decides to come along with Bean and Luci on their quest. They meet Gwen who leads them to her ex-husband Malfus who had taken the elixir of life, but has become a hermit in a cave. He directs the group to the "edge of the world" where they run into a transgender griffin who informs them about the vial. Big Jo is revealed to be Elfo's kidnapper as he can locate the vial and soon kidnaps Bean and Luci as leverage. They find the Lost City of Cremorrah out in the middle of a desert and manage to locate the vial while Big Jo and his assistant Porky are distracted by a knight. The trio escape by burying Big Jo in the city as it fills with sand. Meanwhile, the mages who sent Luci, named the Enchantress and Cloyd, congratulate Bean as they prepare for Dreamland's fall.
9"To Thine Own Elf Be True"Frank MarinoShion TakeuchiAugust 17, 2018 (2018-08-17)1DNT09
The trio return from their adventure with the pendant and try to use Elfo's blood to bring people back to life. However, the pendant still does not work. An expert is brought in and reveals that Elfo is not a true elf, angering Zøg who kicks him out of Dreamland. Odval allows Bean and Luci to go and find Elfo so that he and the knights can follow. Bean and Luci find Elfo who decides to take them to Elfwood where he is reunited with his kin. While Bean and Luci mingle with the elves, Elfo learns from his father that he is half-elf, with his other half a mystery due to being interrupted by the arrival of Zøg's men. Bean, Elfo, Luci and the elves fight off the knights and seal Elfwood away before the rest of the troops can arrive, but the victory is short lived when an arrow fatally pierces Elfo. Zøg reveals that he did not want the elixir for himself but to revive Bean's mother, Dagmar, who was turned to stone by a poison. Having gotten some genuine elf blood on her handkerchief after she was trying to help some elf in Elfwood, Bean heavy-heartedly chooses to use the pendant on Dagmar over Elfo.
10"Dreamland Falls"Wes ArcherBill OakleyAugust 17, 2018 (2018-08-17)1DNT10
Dagmar is reintroduced to the kingdom as everyone rejoices including an ecstatic Zøg. Oona immediately takes a disliking towards Dagmar and reasserts her position. The entire kingdom holds a funeral for Elfo; however, Dagmar and Oona get into a fight resulting in Elfo's corpse falling into the ocean. Oona flees and makes a deal of some kind with Odval while Zøg keeps Derek "safe" in the tower. Dagmar attempts to spend the day with Bean proclaiming she has a destiny to fulfill. Zøg reveals more about himself to Luci who uses the crystal ball that Tess returned to see things that happened in the past. The kingdom's residents one by one turn to stone and Dagmar takes Bean to a secret library while Luci reveals to Zøg that Dagmar tried to poison him all those years ago. Dagmar releases more of the poison upon all of Dreamland, turning everyone to stone except Zøg and Derek. Luci is captured by an unseen figure, we don't know, who is it (only that it's someone from Dagmar's team), just it's not Dagmar herself, because at the same time Dagmar with Bean escapes on a boat with creatures. In a post-credits scene, Elfo's corpse washes onto shore and is retrieved by mysterious figures.
Part 2
11"The Disenchantress"Albert CallerosShion TakeuchiSeptember 20, 2019 (2019-09-20)1DNT11
Zøg wanders what is left of Dreamland. Oona gets on Dagmar's boat to warn Bean, but is incapacitated by Dagmar. She is kicked off, but grabs her eternity pendant, and rests at the bottom of the sea. Bean and Dagmar arrive at Maru where the Echantress (Becky) and Cloyd are. They are actually Dagmar's siblings with Jerry, their servant, as their younger brother. Dagmar tells Bean that Zøg did not want her to come because their family has a history of being murderous and crazy; something Bean believes could be true for her. She slowly becomes suspicious of Becky and Cloyd and with the help of Jerry discovers a sinister plot. She is horrified to discover that Dagmar was the one who turned the kingdom to stone and that she was born, solely to fulfill a satanic prophecy. Bean finds Luci in the basement where Dagmar, Cloyd and Becky chase them. Bean accidentally blows up the basement as she and Luci escape. Using a spying flame, they discover that Elfo is in Heaven and tell him to literally go to Hell so they can meet him. Luci opens a stairway to Hell and Dagmar arrives to wrestle with Bean before she is knocked out by Jerry who slowly dies from an earlier injury. Bean and Luci begin their descent.
12"Stairway to Hell"Dwayne Carey-HillDavid X. CohenSeptember 20, 2019 (2019-09-20)1DNT12
Zøg encounters Merkimer, still in pig form, and they decide to hang out. The Bozaks arrive, and, while looting the castle, kidnap Merkimer. Zøg regains his courage and strength to slay the Bozaks. Meanwhile, Elfo is in Heaven when he gets Bean and Luci's message. He tries to anger God, but God only finds his insults amusing rather than offensive. After insulting Jerry, who ended up in Heaven, God angrily sends Elfo to Hell. Bean and Luci arrive in Hell and discover that Elfo made it too, but has been sent somewhere to be tortured. While searching the archives, they are confronted by Asmodium, Luci's superior. Luci reveals he tricked Bean and Elfo into coming to hell, and Asmodium rewards him with a promotion. Bean and Elfo end up being tortured together, watching a loop of when Bean chose to revive her mother instead of Elfo. Elfo is enraged and heartbroken that Bean chose her mother, while Bean tells him it was the worst mistake of her life. As they insult each other and Luci, Luci arrives to break them out, as he needed the wings from his promotion to escape from Hell. The trio is confronted by Asmodium, and Luci once again sells out his friends. Asmodium makes Luci into a higher level demon, and Luci uses his newfound powers to save his friends - despite Asmodium warned him that Luci will lose his immortality. The three friends escape Hell through a volcano, and Luci loses his wings. They immediately find Elfo's body and Bean puts his soul back in to revive him. The three friends happily hug each other while God and Jerry look on from Heaven.
13"The Very Thing"Frank MarinoAndrew BurrellSeptember 20, 2019 (2019-09-20)1DNT13
Bean, Elfo and Luci realize that they are on mermaid island. After spending the night, as well as getting a spa treatment, the three leave on a boat left on the island. They head out where Elfo is still upset over being left for dead in favor of Dagmar, but he pushes those feelings aside in the meantime. They finally arrive at Dreamland where Zøg, believing that Bean betrayed him, begins tossing rocks at them, though they manage to get on land. Oona is rescued by pirates who do nothing as their captain is uninterested. She urges them to attack a nearby vessel and learns that the captain is an elf named Leavo. Bean finally manages to get through to Zøg and Oona and pirates arrive demanding treasure. In return they will give them the pendant. Zøg sends Elfo down to the dungeon with Leavo to knock him out, but Leavo discovers something that intrigues him and Elfo reveals Zøg's plan. Leavo decides to help them anyway and he gathers the rest of the elves to use their blood to revive the citizens of Dreamland. Zøg and Oona decide to get a divorce and Derek, who has been stuck in a tower this whole time, takes it well. Oona decides to be the new pirate captain and leaves Dreamland and Zøg on good terms.
14"The Lonely Heart Is a Hunter"David D. AuBen WardSeptember 20, 2019 (2019-09-20)1DNT14
Bean keeps having dreams about Dagmar visiting her and playing a music box that sits on her shelf. Infuriating her, she proceeds to look for clues and finds Maruvian symbols scattered throughout the castle. She ends up in a cavern, but after hearing the music box, she runs away scared and breaks and tosses her own box. The elves have moved into their own section of Dreamland where Elfo is reunited with Kissy. She hooks up with Luci, much to Elfo's chagrin and he spends the whole time trying to convince Luci that Kissy does not care about him. Eventually, she breaks up with Luci after realizing that she loves herself more than him and the numerous other dates she has had. Zøg is sad over his love life and decides to go hunting, where he encounters Ursula, a selkie who transforms into a bear. He hits it off with her due to her wild and savage ways. Despite Odval's disapproval, Zøg welcomes her to Dreamland and they spend a day together and have sex. When Ursula desires to go back to the forest, Zøg keeps her bear coat, but sees how unhappy she is and returns it, though she thanks him and waves goodbye. Later at night, Bean sleeps, but awakens to a newly rebuilt music box.
15"Our Bodies, Our Elves"Wes ArcherAdam BriggsSeptember 20, 2019 (2019-09-20)1DNT15
On Wash Day, the elves in Dreamland get sick after ingesting the dirty leftover water. They hold a meeting where Pops, Elfo's father, tells them of the Legenberry Tree that can cure any ailment, but is in the possession of the ogres. They get a volunteer in the form of "Handsome" Wade Brody Jr. and Elfo and Bean join him while Luci stays behind to "nurse" the elves back to health. While traveling through the jungle, Elfo learns that Wade is a phony and has been stealing tall tales from a book. He abandons them when they get attacked by vines. Elfo and Bean find the ogre village, but they get captured and discover that Wade has been killed. Elfo manages to take out numerous ogres and rescues Bean. When they find the tree, the ogre queen arrives and secretly helps them collect the berries for them and gives them a secret passage to escape. As they leave, the queen ponders on Elfo's name. Elfo and Bean make it back and use the berries to heal all the elves, with Pops revealing that he stole Elfo's college fund.
16"The Dreamland Job"Ira SherakJeny Batten & M. DicksonSeptember 20, 2019 (2019-09-20)1DNT16
After being paraded through town in a shame barrel, Bean angrily resents Zøg and his bossiness, especially when he has begun overtaxing the elves. Overhearing her, an elf named Grifto offers his services to steal from him. Owning a circus, they plan to steal from Zøg's now full money vault and return all of the gold to the elves. Meanwhile, Luci takes control of the bar they frequent by and renames it Luci's Inferno. Bean convinces Zøg to have the elf circus perform for them and by doing so, allows her, Elfo and the others to sneak down and steal the gold. During the performance, Zøg admits that he was wrong to tax the elves and plans on giving back the money. When Bean goes to tell Grifto, he and his circus betray her and Elfo by revealing that they are, in fact, trolls, stealing for themselves. Bean and Elfo chase down the trolls, but are too late. Luckily, Luci caught on to their plan and switched the gold out with chocolate coins. As Bean, Elfo and Luci return the gold, Zøg bathes in the elves praise of him.
17"Love's Slimy Embrace"David D. Au
Ira Sherak
Eric HorstedSeptember 20, 2019 (2019-09-20)1DNT17
Another night of boredom leads Zøg to invite his friend, the Duke, over for dinner. To get out of his hair, Bean, Elfo and Luci head down to the bar. Derek follows them as he is lonely, but Bean tells him to leave as she does not like having him around. Bean has always had some animosity towards her half-brother due to him being Zøg's successor and considers him a loser. Derek solemnly heads to the beach where he finds a small one eyed octopus whom he names Slimy. Zøg learns that the Duke has gout. He claims that when a royal gets gout that means they are successful. Zøg has Luci feed him many unhealthy things to get the disease, leading to another visit from the Duke who reveals that he had his foot amputated. After four days of caring, Slimy has grown in size and has begun killing people after witnessing Derek playing with Elfo. He drags Derek away and Bean and Elfo race to rescue him. They manage to secure Derek and escape the monster island. Afterwards, Derek is amazed that Bean rescued him even though she said she hated him.
18"In Her Own Write"Ira SherakBill OakleySeptember 20, 2019 (2019-09-20)1DNT18
Bean continues to have nightmares about Dagmar. She learns through Zøg that the reason the kingdom is called Dreamland is because the castle contains mysterious powers that affect your dreams and nightmares and that she needs to overcome them. Bean goes out at night and comes across The Jittery, a café. Miri, an employee, convinces Bean to literally write her feelings down. With support from Luci, Bean begins writing, but gets inspiration from Merkimer and Elfo to make it a play instead. After completing it, she is shocked to learn that women are not allowed to perform in plays. Merkimer sells the script himself, but takes credit as author. He pays Bean, but she is still upset about the credit. Odval and the Druidess inform Zøg about the play and he decides to see it. Bean stops by the Jittery and decides to give a spoken word account about her life. Zøg dislikes the play and leaves in anger, but stops by the café to listen to Bean. They both come to terms with Dagmar's betrayal of them and the head home together.
19"The Electric Princess"Edmund FongJamie AngellSeptember 20, 2019 (2019-09-20)1DNT19
While out in Elf Alley, a dragon appears and begins setting fire to the town. Bean and the knights race after it with the former firing an arrow. The dragon turns out to be a giant mechanized air ship flown by a man named Skybert Gunderson. Skybert is captured and, due to the kingdom's basic understanding of science, believe he is an enchanter and imprison him. Curious, Bean breaks into the prison and helps him build a radio to contact his allies. They escape in his submarine and head back to Steamland, his home. Upon reaching his home, Skybert tells Bean to stay, but she leaves and explores Steamland and its many oddities. She arrives at Skybert's workplace and discovers that he and his coworkers have been planning to overthrow Zøg. Bean escapes in one of the sky vehicles and fights Skybert; knocking him out and taking his bag. She makes it back to Dreamland where she tells Zøg about the plot, but while arguing over a "dragon whistle", actually a gun, it goes up and shoots Zøg. As he falls over, Bean rushes to his side and cries over his body.
20"Tiabeanie Falls"Peter AvanzinoPatric M. Verrone & Josh WeinsteinSeptember 20, 2019 (2019-09-20)1DNT20
As Zøg is taken away to be treated, poorly, Odval and the Druidess pin the blame of his "assassination" on Bean. Derek is crowned king, but Odval is the acting regent. As everyone tries to get Bean to confess to being a witch, Odval makes his move on taking over the kingdom. Derek goes to a sick Zøg for advice, but tells him to listen to his gut. At the trial, Luci acts as Bean's attorney and the witnesses all point out some way Bean had affected them. Elfo tries to explain about how Bean went to Hell to save him, but his poor explanation further pushes everyone to believe she is a witch. Derek tries to reach a decision later. Stan the Executioner frees Bean, Elfo and Luci from prison and the three go to see Zøg to remove the bullet. They are captured and set to be burned at the stake. Derek cannot bring himself to do it, so Odval does. As Luci explains that he lost his immortality, they fall through the ground and end up in a catacomb. They are found by subterraneans, called Trogs, and Dagmar who still has the music box as she greets Bean and her friends.

Production[edit]

Promotional poster for the series.

Development[edit]

The series, created by The Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening, "will bear his trademark animation style.”[3] The series is animated by Rough Draft Studios, the same studio that worked on Futurama.[5][5] In July 2017, it was announced that rapper Briggs is part of the writing team for the series.[6] John DiMaggio has described the series as "the offspring of The Simpsons and Game of Thrones."[7] Groening has said the show has a "definite feminist point of view."[8][9]

Marketing[edit]

On May 22, 2018, Groening released three teaser images on Reddit.[10] The next day, the premiere date was revealed along with several more images.[11] Before Part 2 was released, Groening created a new comic book company, Bapper Books which released a San Diego Comic Con exclusive book, Disenchantment: Untold Tales. [12]

Tie-ins[edit]

The episode "Dreamland Falls" ties into Groening's other show Futurama, implying that both shows do in fact take place in the same universe. When Luci uses the crystal ball to show moments from before, Philip J. Fry, Bender and Professor Farnsworth can briefly be seen in a time machine. The moment is a clear reference to the episode "The Late Philip J. Fry" in which the trio travel in a one-way time machine and witness the end and rebirth of the universe, implying that the three were passing through after time restarted.[13]

Release[edit]

Initially, twenty episodes of the series have been ordered by Netflix, with the first ten episodes being released on August 17, 2018, and the remaining episodes released on September 20, 2019.[14][15][16] On October 22, 2018, Disenchantment was renewed for a twenty-episode second season, to be released between 2020 and 2021.[17]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The series has received mixed to positive reviews from critics, based on the first seven episodes sent to critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first part of season 1 has a score of 63% based on 88 reviews with an average rating of 6.13/10. The critical consensus reads: "Disenchantment showcases enough of Matt Groening's trademark humor to satisfy fans—although the show's overall familiarity and disappointing willingness to play it safe may not bode well for future seasons."[18] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 56 out of 100 based on 28 reviews indicating "mixed or average reviews".[19] Forbes called the series "charming, unique, and excellent."[20] Ars Technica stated the series starts rocky, but then it gets "bloody good".[21] Entertainment Weekly gave the series a "C" grade, likening it to an extended "Treehouse of Horror" story.[22] Den of Geek gave a more mixed reception of the series, praising the concept, but criticizing some of the jokes.[23] Brian Tallerico from RogerEbert.com wrote the series does not live up to the standards of other Netflix Original animations, but praised its concept and cast, and suggested the series might improve in the future.[24] Reviewing seven of the first season's 10 episodes, Danette Chavez of The A.V. Club gave the series a B-, saying that the strength of the cast made up for weak writing.[25]

Upon its initial review, TV Guide had a lukewarm reception. But upon viewing of the last three episodes, the opinion changed, and praised the serialization of the series that paid off in the end.[26]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the second part of season 1 has a score of 73% based on 15 reviews with an average rating of 6.6/10. The critical consensus reads: "As Disenchantments's pieces slowly fall into place it grows deeper in character and world building to become a more fully realized show -- if only those pieces would fall just a little bit faster." [27]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Credited as supervising producer.
  2. ^ a b c Credited as co-producer.
  3. ^ a b c Credited as co-executive producer.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z Schneider, Michael (July 29, 2018). "'Disenchantment': Meet The Characters Voiced by Abbi Jacobson and Others in Matt Groening's Netflix Dreamland". IndieWire. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  2. ^ Weinstein, Josh [@Joshstrangehill] (September 3, 2018). "Bean's full name is Princess Tiabeanie Mariabeanie de la Rochambeau Grunkwitz, not "Drunkowitz" - she just called herself that while drunk. Grunkwitz is Zøg's family name from the House of Grunkwitz (like House of Windsor or House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg)" (Tweet). Retrieved September 4, 2018 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (July 25, 2017). "Matt Groening Netflix Animated Comedy A Go With 20-Episode Order, Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon & Eric Andre Lead Voice Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  4. ^ "Disenchantment season 2: Everything you need to know". Digital Spy. September 11, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Liao, Shannon (July 25, 2017). "Matt Groening is making an animated medieval adult fantasy with Netflix". The Verge. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  6. ^ Moran, Rob (July 27, 2017). "Briggs to be part of the writing team on Matt Groening's new Netflix series". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  7. ^ Shepherd, Jack (May 27, 2018). "Disenchantment: Matt Groening's Netflix series described as lovechild of The Simpsons and Game of Thrones". The Independent. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  8. ^ Littleton, Cynthia; Littleton, Cynthia (July 25, 2017). "Netflix Orders Matt Groening Animated Comedy 'Disenchantment'". Variety. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  9. ^ Hughes, Josiah (August 14, 2018). "'Disenchantment' Sees Matt Groening Living in the Past". Exclaim! Media. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  10. ^ Groening, Matt (May 22, 2018). "Matt Groening here! Wanted you all in r/netflix to be the first to see what I've been working on…". Reddit. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  11. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (May 23, 2018). "Netflix Sets 'Disenchantment' Premiere Date, Unveils First Look At Matt Groening Animated Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  12. ^ www.comicsbeat.com https://www.comicsbeat.com/bapper-books-matt-groening-comic-con/. Retrieved 2019-10-12. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ Leadbeater, Alex (August 18, 2018). "Disenchantment Easter Egg Confirms Netflix Show Exists In The Futurama Universe". Screen Rant. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  14. ^ "Netflix Announces DISENCHANTMENT, a New Epic Fantasy Animated Series from Matt Groening" (Press release). Hollywood, CA. July 25, 2017. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  15. ^ Goldberg, Leslie (July 25, 2017). "Abbi Jacobson to Lead Voice Cast for Netflix's Animated Matt Groening Comedy". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  16. ^ Petski, Denise (May 16, 2019). "'Disenchantment' Part Two Gets Premiere Date On Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  17. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (October 22, 2018). "Disenchantment Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix, Returning in 2019". TVLine. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  18. ^ "Disenchantment: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  19. ^ "Disenchantment Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  20. ^ Barr, Merrill (August 7, 2018). "'Disenchantment' Review: 'The Simpsons' Creator Does For Fantasy What 'Futurama' Did For Sci-Fi". Forbes. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  21. ^ Machkovech, Sam (August 7, 2018). "Disenchantment review: Groening's new Netflix toon is off to a bloody good start". Ars Technica. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  22. ^ Franich, Darren (August 7, 2018). "Disenchantment is like a never-ending 'Treehouse of Horror' sketch: EW review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  23. ^ Matar, Joe (August 7, 2018). "Disenchantment Review (Spoiler Free)". Den of Geek. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  24. ^ Tallerico, Brian (August 14, 2018). "All-Star Team Of Voice Talent Carries Netflix's Disenchantment". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  25. ^ Chavez, Danette (August 8, 2018). "An Excellent Cast Rescues Fantasy Parody Disenchantment from Mediocrity". The A.V. Club. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  26. ^ Surette, Tim (August 17, 2018). "Matt Groening's Disenchantment Gets So Much Better as It Goes Along". TV Guide. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  27. ^ "Disenchantment: Season 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved October 6, 2019.

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