Disenchantment (2018) IMDb

Extent

Seen in 2019.

This review refers to the first ten episodes, a half-season released in one batch on streaming services.

Categorization

One of Matt Groening’s animated sitcoms: The medieval-fantasy equivalent of The Simpsons (1989) and Futurama (1999). Thankfully, the plot is more serialized.

Subject

Zøg of House Grunkwitz, once a warrior, rules the kingdom of Dreamland with more practicality than intelligence. Bean, his 19-year-old daughter from a previous marriage to a since-petrified noblewoman, likes to get drunk. Nobody likes the new queen, an amphibious reptile whose marriage to Zøg sustains a fragile peace with the neighbours. Bean gets a personal demon around the same time she friend-zones a little green optimist. Fairies are mostly hookers.

Commentary

The main problem with this series is the lazy jokes. Another problem, less serious but equally consistent, is the lack of imagination. The setting is purposefully naïve: The kind of American faux-medieval Europe that has plenty of drawbridges, plague carts, literal churches, Scotsmen in kilts and magical human-like species but very little internal consistency. The lack of worldbuilding is apparently meant as a joke, which brings us back to the main problem. Compare Mahoujin Guru-Guru (1994), a children’s show that proved able to go the distance in very similar territory.

animation fiction moving picture series