Disenchantment Review 2018 TV-Show Series Season Cast Crew
Creators: Matt Groening, Josh Weinstein
Stars: Abbi Jacobson, Eric André, Nat Faxon
Review: I’ve enjoyed the work of Matt Groening. Both the Simpsons and Futurama were funny shows, with great comedy timing and full of excellent writing.
Disenchantment is a Matt Groening project in look alone. It is uncomfortably unfunny for the most part. Sure it has it’s occasional moments, but they are so few and far between. (the holy man being dropped off a cliff is one example). Generally speaking, the writing is terrible. Jokes feel forced and the timing is nonexistent. The visual humour is the only thing that occasionally works, but just barely.
It’s not just the writing that is lacking though. It seems like everything was done on a shoestring budget. The sound is awful. Music is lackluster and the whole show in general seems to lack sound effects. It all feels empty. The animation isn’t great either. It is a mashup of old style Simpsons characters, with a pinch of Futurama, and then a bunch of poorly drawn new additions. Add to this the awkward moments where characters walk and move as if they were part of some terrible amateur dramatics production and it all feels like a mess. This hurts the shows only strength too. It’s slapstick. So many of the moments where a character gets kicked in the nethers, or bounced off a wall, just fall flat because the timing and animation is so bad.
Likewise the casting choices seem a poor fit for the most part. Aside from the main character Bean, voiced by Abbi Jacobson, Prince Merkimer, voiced by Matt Berry and Queen Oona, voiced by Tress MacNielle, who all do the best with what they have to work with (Berry in particular fits perfectly here). All the other characters seem flat or just poorly thought out. The king with his thick New York accent, which I know was supposed to be the joke, is just awful. Rather than funny, it’s grating! The demon is another prime example. Not only is his written dialogue flat, but it’s delivery just doesn’t fit the character.
I think loyalty to Matt Groening must be the only thing that is keeping this above 7 on the ratings. I can’t honestly see how anyone older than 5 could find anything of interest here. I’m sorry Matt, but I just can’t see a future for this show unless the budget and writing are seriously pumped up. I can see why this went to Netflix, a provider who’s content is becoming increasingly more miss than hit.
Hopefully this is just the bumpy start that both The Simpsons and Futurama had and it will improve in season 2. Fingers crossed.