August 17 saw jurors asking for a definition of “reasonable doubt,” President Trump doubling down on ‘fake news’ charges, and the new Netflix release of Matt Groening’s newest creation, the animated series, “Disenchantment.”
While the title may seem to reflect the current political status of America, that reflection is the only similarity. “Disenchantment” follows the young female character, Bean (Abbi Jacobson), as she drinks and complains her way into mischief and mayhem with the help of Elfo the elf (Nat Faxon), and her demon Luci (Eric Andre).
The Internet Movie Database , IMDb, has some reviews out there that state that this show is slow and that there are not enough jokes, but it seems that these are the type of people that are used to cable programming. With this new release by Netflix they are able to focus on the story and character development with adult humor and innuendo inserted in the correct locations. This is not your traditional “Family Guy,” “South Park,” or even “The Simpsons” for that matter. This is a show about a girl trying to find her place in a world that doesn’t fit her personality type.
There is plenty of humor that is sprinkled throughout the first season that keeps you coming back for more episodes. Elfo, trying to not always be happy, Bean, trying to be happy, and Luci, just causing problems all along the way is the perfect recipe for smart and subtle humor.
The animation style is a cross between “The Simpsons” and “Futurama”, but there is a mix of what looks like 3D rotoscoping that makes the scenery and backgrounds really pop out.
The show is rated TV-14, and while commonsense media gives it a TV-14 rating as well, parents say it should be for 18+. There is blood, drinking, drug use, violence, sexual innuendo, and some overall rough humor, but it is fit in well with the shows story and I agree with the TV-14 rating. I would go as far as to say a 13-year-old could handle it fine these days. The worst part about this show is that I binged the season so fast, that I now have to wait a year for season 2.
I would have to say that is a must watch show if you like smart and slightly offensive cartoons.
Verdict: 4 out of 5 Stars
Review By Lee Frazier
“Disenchantment” stars Abbi Jacobson, Eric Andre, Nat Faxon, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille, Billy West, David Herman, Maurice LaMarche, Matt Berry, Noel Fielding, Lucy Montgomery
Written by Matt Groening, Josh Weinstein, Jamie Angell
Directed by Wesley Archer, Frank Marino
Production Companies: Netflix