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Netflix orders Matt Groening animation

Netflix has commissioned 20 episodes of a new series from The Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening.

Matt Groening

Disenchantment will premiere on Netflix 10 episodes at a time, starting in 2018, and is being produced by The Ululu Company. Groening and Josh Weinstein (The Simpsons, Futurama) are serving as executive producers.

The announcement comes more than 18 months after it emerged that the US streaming giant was in talks with Groening about a new project.

The adult animated comedy fantasy series is set in a crumbling medieval kingdom and follows the misadventures of a hard-drinking young princess, her feisty elf companion and her personal demon.

Along the way, the oddball trio will encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses and lots of human fools. Animation is being handled by Rough Draft Studios (Futurama).

“Ultimately 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,” said Groening.

The series will feature the voices of Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon and Eric Andre, along with John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Matt Berry, Jeny Batten, Rich Fulcher, Noel Fielding and Lucy Montgomery.

“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, VP of 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.”

Groening’s The Simpsons began in 1987 as a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman show before turning into one of the most popular animated series of all time, spanning 28 seasons on US network Fox so far.

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