I really wanted to like this one. I really did.
Growing up, I loved The Simpsons. I remember every weekday evening, tuning into BBC 2 at 6pm and watching that famous opening. Yes, I know, I’m showing my age. Admittedly, as I grew older I watched The Simpsons less and less, with me stopping to watch it completely after watching The Simpsons Movie for the first time. I guess as I grew up, the humour in the show didn’t mature with me.
Still, when I heard that Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, was creating a new animated show on Netflix, with a fantasy theme, I was intrigued. So, what is my first impression of Disenchantment? Its basically a fantasy version of The Simpsons. I guess if you are a fan of The Simpsons, that’s great news but for me, I was actually kind of bored watching the few episodes I did watch.
The first problem was that the very first episode did outstay its welcome. One of my problems with The Simpsons Movie is that it was basically an hour and half long episode of the show. I found Disenchament’s almost 40 minute long first episode had the same problem. Some scenes felt like filler and some jokes were elongated, for I guess, padding out the run time. Things did improve with the later episodes, which suggests that half an hour is really the maximum the individual episodes.
My major issue with the show is the over used trope of ‘our princess isn’t your standard princess’ trope. I get it, when everyone wanted to take a bash at Disney about the way the Disney princesses was a written, it was initially refreshing but even Disney has jumped on that bandwagon. So the idea of a princess that doesn’t want to get married to a prince, who wants to associate with commoners and wants adventure, isn’t unique and when that is the main character for your show, it does cause a problem.
Things aren’t helped with Princess Bean’s two sidekicks, Luci the demon and Elfo… the elf. I’ll be honest, it seems that their roles in the show are purely to act as Bean’s devil and angel, which does start to get on my nerves. Don’t get me wrong, there were times when these two did make me smile but I didn’t feel invested in their relationships.
Overall, I’m going to give Disenchantment a pass. I think it’s similarities with The Simpsons, are part of the reason why I didn’t enjoy this show, even though I really wanted to like it. I guess my sense of humour doesn’t match with these types of shows. Still, if you like Futurama and The Simpsons, then Disenchantment might be worth a watch.
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