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by Jake

Groening and Weinstein 

Interview with Matt Groening and Josh Weinstein of "Disenchantment" on Netflix - San Diego Comic-Con Round Table July 22, 2018

I had the chance to attend a round table interview with creators Matt Groening and Josh Weinstein. We had a talk about "Disenchantment", their new animated fantasy sitcom!

Jake: Can you remember the moment when you first had the idea for the show?

Matt: Back in high school I used to draw a comic book called "Tales of the Enchanted Forest". It was filled with little talking animals. I always loved that idea of creatures that could speak. I'm very much inspired by the comic strip Pogo by Walt Kelley. However, I was not such a good drawer, so none of my friends could tell what the animals were, except for the rabbit. There was a rabbit in the forest so that's why I started drawing rabbits. That's basically the idea. Shooting ahead to 2018, there is an enchanted forest in Disenchantment. That's where it first began.

Jake: Why was this idea set in the past?

Matt: Well, *is it* set in the past?

Jake: Hmm, go on.

Josh: There are a lot of secrets hidden within the show. That's what we're especially excited about because it's a serialized show that we've never gotten to do before. It's kind of like a newer thing in animation. You get ten episodes at once so we get to tell these deep-reaching story arcs. With twenty episodes, we know where the series will end as well. There is a clue in the very first episode. When put together, it will explain things. Or more likely, in hindsight, you'll be like "oh my god. I can't believe it was right there in the beginning."

Matt: I'm gonna say something enigmatic. There is a secret hidden clue in the very first animation that you see that reveals a lot.

Jake: The first frame?

Matt: That's the enigma. Hang on to that idea, and we'll talk about it as soon as someone figures that out, whenever that happens.

Jake: Interesting. By secrets do you mean within the world of Disenchantment, or are there Easter eggs from your other shows?

Matt: I would say that there are both.

Josh: There are secrets and there a lot of symbols that have to do with deep running arcs, but there are also sly little references to other things.

Matt: When you got a cartoon show, you have to hide stuff, you know? And certainly in the fantasy genre. In every good fantasy, things are not what they seem to be. Certainly that's the case with Disenchantment. Now, if you're just a casual viewer, the show is fine, and we think it's very funny. But if you're the kind of obsessive who comes to Comic Con, you will find little things to look for.

Jake: Thank you for your time. I'll keep my eyes peeled.

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Netflix Announces DISENCHANTMENT, a New Epic Fantasy Animated Series from Matt Groening


Hollywood, CA - July 25, 2017 -- Netflix, the world's leading internet TV network, has ordered twenty episodes of Disenchantment, an adult animated comedy fantasy series from the mind of Matt Groening.

In Disenchantment, viewers will be whisked away to the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, where they will follow the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo, and her personal demon Luci. Along the way, the oddball trio will encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses, and lots of human fools.

“Ultimately," says Matt Groening, "Disenchantment will be about life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots, despite what the elders and wizards and other jerks tell you."

The series will feature the voice talents of Abbi Jacobson (“Bean”), Nat Faxon (“Elfo”) and Eric Andre (“Luci”), along with John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Matt Berry, Jeny Batten, Rich Fulcher, Noel Fielding, and Lucy Montgomery. Animation is being done by Rough Draft Studios (Futurama).

Disenchantment will premiere on Netflix ten episodes at a time, starting in 2018, and is produced by The ULULU Company for Netflix, with Matt Groening and Josh Weinstein (The Simpsons, Futurama) serving as executive producers.

"Matt Groening's brilliant work has resonated with generations around the world and we couldn't be happier to work with him on Disenchantment," said Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content for Netflix. "The series will bear his trademark animation style and biting wit, and we think it's a perfect fit for our many Netflix animation fans."

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