Netflix has been a part of our lives for many years now, so much so that their very existence played a huge part in taking down giants such as Blockbuster and Hollywood Video. Yet until recently, Netflix was bringing the past to the present, creating a world where we could pick and choose films and T.V. shows we may have missed in theaters or when they aired all in one place. Obviously this idea was not original, just digital. Now Netflix is more, much more, they are creating shows of their own. Not only that, the shows are good, great even.
The “boom” started with House of Cards, then caught fire with Orange Is the New Black, Lilyhammer, Derek, and Hemlock Grove. Basically what I’m trying to say is that their model is successful and it is only going to grow – and I know this for a fact, because like everyone else Netflix has jumped on the Superhero train and ordered four brand new Marvel shows to air in the upcoming years (Daredevil should be pretty cool). So why all this introductory balderdash? With so much success it’s hard to understand why they decided to green-light BoJack Horseman.
the creator: Raphael Bob-Waksburg
the top directors: Joel Moser (3 episodes), JC Gonzales (3 eps.), Martin Cendreda (3 eps.)
the top writer: Raphael Bob-Waksburg (4 episodes)
- BoJack Horseman voiced by Will Arnett
- Todd Chavez voiced by Aaron Paul
- Diane Nguyen voiced by Alison Brie
- Princess Carolyn voiced by Amy Sedaris
- Mr. Peanutbutter voiced by Paul F. Tompkins
- Pinky Penguin/Other voiced by Patton Oswalt
BoJack Horseman tells the all too familiar tale of a washed-up actor trying to get back to his sitcom stardom, where he is preferably liked and revered by all. Unfortunately BoJack is an asshole who really doesn’t care about anybody else. At first I was surprised to see Netflix created an animated show (more surprised it wasn’t their first, Turbo FAST) about an alcoholic horse, but then figured stranger things have happened.
Out of the five main characters, two are human, one’s a horse, one’s a dog, and the other’s a cat. Furthermore, they all live and talk together normally knowing this information. Getting past that, the anthropomorphic world they live in takes place in present day Hollywood, where movie star stereotypes are alive and well. BoJack is 18 years past his prime, so he does what all do in his situation, he tries to write a book about his life. But with an animation style awfully similar to Ugly Americans and jokes only slightly curving my mouth, I can say by the end of the first episode things were not looking good for BoJack Horseman.
To be honest, there were only two things that willed me to continue. One, I only had 11 episodes to go (11 episodes at 25ish minutes a piece is pretty much a cake walk) and two, the voice acting. Without a doubt the saving grace of this show can be attributed to the talent BoJack Horseman has under its belt. Leading the way is Will Arnett’s voice, which I might say found the role of its lifetime. I mean is there any voice that screams bitter, angry, and full of himself more than Mr. Arnett’s?
Backing him up is the surprising (maybe overcompensating) Aaron Paul. A weird mixture for sure, but in many ways I suppose it makes sense. Just off his multi Emmy-winning performance in Breaking Bad, Paul would want to venture out, try something new. Believe me, this is pretty new. I said it was “the voice acting” that kept me going, but really I was simply fascinated every time Aaron Paul’s voice came through Todd. The rest of the cast was rather impressive as well, Patton Oswalt’s amazing, Alison Brie’s lovely, Amy Sedaris plays a good straight man, and Paul F. Tompkins I’d never heard of, but is actually quite phenomenal as Mr. Peanutbutter.
All in all I’d pretty much say take it or leave it. BoJack Horseman is definitely weird, but has its moments. It’s a Netflix show so it’s completely uncensored and definitely doesn’t take itself seriously, but then again it’s a Netflix show so I expected better. There are some outrageous references and I’m sure little easter eggs hidden all over the place. It’s only 12 episodes, but that is 5 hours of your life. Hmm… tell you what, flip a coin! Or I guess if you have nothing better to do. Either way you’ll be fine, granted you get past that whole bestiality thing…