You may have noticed that Matt Groening’s first new project in 20 years, Disenchantment, has dropped on Netflix.
It’s his first bit of new material since Futurama, and fans were pretty excited at the prospect. However, the reviews have been pretty dicey to say the least. If you haven’t watched it all yet, persevere. It gets better at the end.
Anyway, it appears the cartoonist couldn’t help but pay tribute to his last show as fans picked up on the subtle Futurama Easter egg in the first season’s closing episode, ‘Dreamland Falls’. The scene we speak of sees Luci the demon offering King Zog a glimpse of historical events in Dreamland using a magical ball.
The ball’s magic powers briefly flicker a hardly-visible glimpse of Futurama‘s Fry, Bender and Professor Farnsworth sitting in a time-travelling spacecraft, which featured in the season six episode ‘The Late Philip J. Fry’.
Disenchanted with a God Tier Futurama reference. pic.twitter.com/O8p8CJLK4c
— TRAFON (@RiseFallNick) August 18, 2018
The snippet has got fans excited at the prospect of a Disenchantment / Futurama crossover. Groening is no stranger to bringing his creations together, in 2014 The Simpsons and Futurama characters appeared together in ‘Simpsorama‘, part of the latter’s 26th season.
The new series, which launched on the streaming service on Friday (August 17), is set in a medieval fantasy kingdom and features the voices of Abbi Jacobson, Eric Andre and Nat Faxon in the lead roles
Groening’s creation has been met with mixed reviews from critics, however Netflix has already ordered another 10 episode second season, he described the show as being “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”.
After The Simpsons recently came under fire for the stereotype portrayed by Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the, the creator defended the show.
“I love Apu. I love the character, and it makes me feel bad that it makes other people feel bad,
But on the other hand, it’s tainted now — the conversation, there’s no nuance to the conversation now. It seems very, very clunky. I love the character. I love the show.”
The Simpsons is famous for playing on stereotypes for humour, Groening went on to explain how Apu was inspired by his love for Asian culture.
“Back in the day, I named the character after the Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray. I love Indian culture and Indian film and Indian music,”
“I thought that the name was a signal that we had, at least, a scholarly intention.”
“I thought maybe a kid was going to grow up and find out what the name came from and go watch the Apu Trilogy, which are the greatest films, basically, in the history of cinema.”