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#1 May 22 2018 at 7:05 PM Rating: Good
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disenchantment_(TV_series)

I'm not sure if it will be all that different than his previous launches, but I'm ok with it not being.
#2 May 23 2018 at 10:26 AM Rating: Good
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Sounds interesting enough to watch one or two episodes.
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#3 Aug 18 2018 at 11:22 AM Rating: Good
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Disenchantment is out on Netflix now. (Yesterday actually).

If you ever liked Simpsons/Futurama (whether or not you like Simspons currently) you will likely enjoy it. I've seen the first 4 episodes and it's not actually "LOL" funny but just enjoyable.

Eric Andre voice the demon, and his voice sounds so familiar. Like I've heard it on another show. But looking thru his voice acting list (very minimal list on IMDB) I can't place it. John Dimagio (Bender) voices the king, and does a good job. One of the women from Broad City is the princess. While not a fan of Broad City, she fits the character in Disenchantment. Kind of disappointed that Billy West seems to be voicing only a single minor character in the series (beyond a couple single lines from a few randoms).

Worth a watch if you have a Netflix account. Not something that would be worth subscribing to Netflix for.
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#4 Aug 19 2018 at 10:42 AM Rating: Good
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I'm 4 episodes in as well.

It's difficult to evaluate in comparison to his previous projects, because those teams had so much more time to refine characters over the course of several seasons. The key 3 characters are perhaps better than season 1 episode 4 of either The Simpsons or Futurama, but certainly not better than episode 4 of later seasons.

Comparisons between those other two key works may seem passe, but it's the linkages are strong enough that the comparisons are heavily merited. In terms of character personalities, Bean draws from a very much erveryman (not so cleverly hidden as everygirl) vibe found in fry. She's a princess who wants to not be controlled by her father and drink alcohol. Elfo, the gratingly name elf character, is a pull from Fry as well. Initially setup as discontent with his overly smile and literal sugar-coated realm, he ventures off to see a wider range of feelings including sorrow and bitterness. Instead he very quickly succumbs to a singular emotion, which is infatuation with Bean. He is Fry's feelings for Leela, and that's about all he is so far. Luci serves much the same purpose as Bender, to serve as a jerkass and encourager of plot-filled naughty behavior.

In terms of art design, it's very much the same style you'd be familair with form Groening's other works. Not just merely in technique, but Elfo is pretty much just Bart with green skin and a hat. Bean's is a bit stronger, but Luci is actually quite superb. There's some tangents going on when he speaks that are bothersome, but his overall design is memorable and unique. Key supporting cast have almost the designs you would find for extras.

Sound design is quite odd. It's very subdued, and I wouldn't say in the good way. Scenes that should be spiked feel underpunched, with no oomf. There's not much ambient noise, and so it's often eerily and synthetically quiet when characters talk. The voice actors almost seem to have been told to tone it down when delivering many of their lines.

The setting is quite odd. The simpson's relied on family and neighborhood dynamics to fuel it's plot, and Futurama could draw from absurd scifi occurrences. For a magical land, there isn't much magic going on. I feel the starring cast often just mopes about the castle and town in what is a largely mundane world.

Narratively, Groening probably can't do a truly serial format. There's some light connection between episodes, but they're still largely self-contained. It seems more like a collection of 10 episodes from a much longer episodic series.

The humor just isn't all that up to snuff. I've seen a few family guy throw away jokes entirely disconnected to the story.

I wanted something more manic with perhaps some heart, and I'm not quite getting that so far.

For something similar, try the 10 episode series, Over the Garden Wall.
#5 Aug 19 2018 at 3:58 PM Rating: Good
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I finished off the rest of them this morning. When compared to his other works, it really is like they took 10 related episodes from a larger series. Like Cartoon Network does with their "related episodes" bundles.

His shows work better as loosely related, "sitcom", episodes. This short, storyline driven series lacks the character interactions you get in Simpsons and Futurama.

After the 4th episode, the environment they are in is explored more and does lead to story-related interactions.


I liked Over the Garden Wall. Though that one was more like a condensed Simpsons / Futurama. Instead of what Disenchantment has done, which is remove most of the unrelated "filler" and just have 10 story episodes, Over the Garden Wall has something like 2 actual story episodes, and the rest being filler which explores the world the two brothers find themselves in and the different characters they interact with. Each episode being pretty much stand alone, with the last episode having the tie back to the characters.

Edited, Aug 19th 2018 6:02pm by TirithRR
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