Later this month, the creator of The Simpsons and Futurama is getting medieval on Netflix. Matt Groening's latest animated comedy, Disenchantment, reunites some of the Futurama creative team, animators, and cast members for the new show. But according to series co-developer Josh Weinstein, Disenchantment is more than just a string of endless Game of Thrones jokes and fantasy riffs.
"Futurama did sci-fi, this is 'Matt Groening does fantasy,'" explained Weinstein when SYFY WIRE caught up with him at San Diego Comic-Con. "We thought 'there's a thousand fantasy movies, TV shows, and books. So if we don't do something different it’s not worth doing.' So what [Disenchantment] really is an epic coming of age story with the backdrop of a fantastical medieval world."
The young woman at the center of this story is Princess Bean, as portrayed by Abbi Jacobson, while Eric Andre plays one of Bean's companions: a demon named Luci. Jacobson and Andre were also happy to tell us how they became involved with Disenchantment, and they both expressed their utter disbelief that they were cast in the show.
"We both auditioned," recalled Jacobson. "Basically, I got an e-mail asking 'do you want to audition of this?' 'Of course, but also, I won't get this.' I recorded it on my phone [as a] voice memo, sent it in, and forgot about it because I don't usually book anything I audition for. It was just an everyday thing, and then I got a call and I was like 'what are you talking about?!'"
For more details about Disenchantment and the cast, you can watch the entire video. Disenchantment Season 1 will hit Netflix on August 17.