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Matt Groening unveils new show Disenchantment

A scene from the new series Disenchantment. Photo: Twitter, Netflix
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The first new show in two decades from Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, will launch later this year, with just-released imagery carrying the animator’s familiar style.

Ten episodes of Disenchantment, a fantasy adult comedy set in a medieval kingdom called Dreamland, will be available through Netflix from August 17.

Broad City‘s Abbi Jacobson will take the lead voice role as Bean, described as a “hard-drinking young princess”.

Bean has a “feisty elf companion”, Elfo – who resembles Bart Simpson – and a “personal demon” Luci.

“Along the way, the oddball trio will encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses, and lots of human fools,” Netflix said in a press release.

The show is Groening’s first major new production since Futurama, which aired for seven seasons from 1999.

It also comes as The Simpsons, the longest-running scripted show in television history, faces controversy and calls for its ending.

Earlier this year, the show was criticised for the way it handled a controversy over the character Apu, who some claim is a stereotype harmful to South-Asian people.

Hank Azaria, who voices the character, said he wanted to see Indian and South Asian writers join The Simpsons‘ fold, to help shape the character’s development and portrayal.

But Groening appeared to dismiss the story, telling USA Today: “I think it’s a time in our culture where people love to pretend they’re offended.”

Last year, the show disappeared from Australian free-to-air TV screens for the first time in 25 years, suggesting its waning significance to audiences.

One of the writers on Disenchantment is Indigenous rapper Adam Briggs, one half of the award-winning duo A.B. Original and a writer for ABC shows The Weekly and Black Comedy.

Groening said last year Disenchantment would 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”.

Joining Jacobson in the main roles will be comedians Nat Faxon and Eric Andre, as well as John DiMaggio (who voices Futurama‘s Bender), Billy West (Futurama‘s Fry and Professor Farnsworth) and Tress MacNeille, who voices many characters on The Simpsons and Futurama.

-ABC