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Simpsons creator reveals images of first new show in 20 years

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Springfield fans, catch your first glimpse of Dreamland.

Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons and Futurama, has revealed the first look at his upcoming series Disenchantment, his first new show in two decades.

Groening teased images from the show on Netflix's Reddit page on Wednesday, before the streaming giant offered a more detailed peek. Netflix had first announced the series in July last year.

Disenchantment's lead character is voiced by Broad City's Abbi Jacobson.

Photo: Netflix

"A princess, an elf and a demon walk into a bar…" Groening wrote, alongside character art from the series.

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The adult-aimed series is set in a medieval kingdom called Dreamland, and follows a boozy princess as she battles "ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, walruses and lots of human trolls," an earlier press release detailed.

It features voice work from comedy stars Abbi Jacobson (Broad City), Eric Andre and Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh), and Simpsons and Futurama veterans John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche and Tress MacNeille.

The series premieres on Netflix in August.

Photo: Netflix

Groening has described the show as focusing on "life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering idiots, despite what the elders and wizards and other jerks tell you."

Aussie rapper and TV comedy star Adam Briggs last year revealed he was part of the writing team on the series, and described the show as a "Lord of the Rings-style fantasy".

Groening's new series comes as The Simpsons, set to launch its 30th season this year, faces criticisms of being out-of-touch, following claims its character Apu perpetuates racist stereotypes.

The show's writers, including Groening, were widely lambasted last month after they coyly shrugged off the controversy in a new episode.

"I'm proud of what we do on the show," Groening told USA Today following the fallout. "And I think it's a time in our culture where people love to pretend they're offended."

Disenchantment's 10-episode first season premieres on Netflix on August 17.

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Rob Moran

Rob Moran is an Entertainment reporter for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and Brisbane Times.

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