Posted 21 October 2016 - 08:05 AM Edited by Ivan1997GTA, 30 October 2016 - 04:15 PM.
Anyway, has anyone seen this show yet? Honestly, after 3 years, a lot of people must have seen it. It's a cartoon show on Netflix. It stars Will Arnett from Arrested Development (also an executive producer) as the titular protagonist, who's a washed up celebrity that starred in a 90's sitcom titled "Horsin' Around". It's been 20 years since he's done anything since. The cast of characters includes Mr. Peanutbutter, a rival actor who is assumed to live a great career by starring in a rip-off of BoJack's own show, his agent/on-again-off-again feline girlfriend, Princess Carolyn, Mr. Peanutbutter's fiancée, Diane, who tries to ghostwrite BoJack's memoir and Todd, a guy who went to BoJack's party 5 years ago and never left. This show is definitely not for kids.
It may sound like another adult cartoon desparately wanting to be like South Park, but it isn't, trust me. This show has 3 seasons, with 12 episodes each that you can watch on Netflix, which I recommmend watching in chronological order. BoJack Horseman isn't like most cartoons, or shows in general. The first 3 episodes of season 1 aren't all that funny or creative, but things really start picking up when the character development and reoccurring arc jokes kick in around the 4th episode. Basically, imagine if Peter Griffin or Eric Cartman or whoever has to suffer from the consequences of their action and try to make up for them against real people. The show has no status quo whatsoever, for example: early on in the show, the "D" is stolen from the Hollywood sign, and every episode afterwards has the sign staying that way and people calling it "Hollywoo".
I love this show. Bojack Horseman is a deconstruction of a typical adult cartoon sitcom like Family Guy. For the most part, particularly in later halves of the seasons, it can get really dramatic and depressing, like in the penultimate season 3 episode, "That's Too Much, Man!". It's unheard of for a show about a washed up jerk celebrity to be heartbreaking, but BoJack Horseman managed to do it. This show mostly has downer endings, and happy endings are extremely rare. That's not to say there's almost no comedy in this show, far from it, it has plenty of funny moments. I'd say this show has 40% comedy and 60% drama.
Don't judge a show from the trailers, it's like judging a book by it's cover, which isn't right.
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Posted 21 October 2016 - 03:21 PM
Anyway, I started watching a few weeks ago, already finished the first 2 seasons.
It is the most depressing comedy I've ever seen. It's about a talking horse who may or may not be a more relevant Jerry Seinfeld. It's got Patton Oswald voicing half the characters.
I don't know why this show works but it f*cking g works and I love it.
Posted 21 October 2016 - 04:18 PM
I have to take breaks from it once in a while because it can be depressing as f*ck sometimes.
Posted 22 October 2016 - 01:39 AM
Yeah, its a crime that not many people discussed this show. Many of people probably put off by the first half of the first season.
Top of adult cartoon for me so far.
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Posted 27 October 2016 - 03:55 AM
I don't know if it necessarily counts as a "cartoon," but Moral Orel has a ton of similarities to Bojack (which isn't surprising when you consider that many of Moral Orel's writers went on to work on Bojack). It also happens to be my favorite animated show of all time, which is probably a big part of why I fell in love with Bojack almost immediately, and why it will likely surpass MO for me before it ends. The latter may have had a similar darkness to it, but it was also still much more of a caricature than Bojack is, so even though I liked the characters they always felt pretty one dimensional even to the end. Bojack's appeal, to me, is how real the characters are; their problems are very easy to sympathize or at least empathize with, and because of that each season is an emotional roller coaster that leaves me drained and longing for more after finishing it.
BoJack Horseman is a cartoon like no other.
I can't think of any other scenes in television that are burned into my mind the same way "go to bed, Penny" and "Sarah Lynn?" are.
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Posted 30 October 2016 - 03:49 PM
WHY DO COMEDIES MAKE US CRY THE HARDEST?!
Posted 3 weeks ago Edited by thatstupidbug, 3 weeks ago.
Well, season 1 was surely "different". I enjoyed it, not the best show around but i started to dig the strange world, the dry comedy with lots of background jokes, the interlaced storyline (with little, funny callbacks) and the weird but interesting characters. It was so strange, yet so "real" sometimes. Plus it was fun, and that's a plus.
Now i'm halfway Season 2, and I'm worried.
The series drifted from reality pretty quickly (a real life Disneyland, a drugged chiken on the loose, a 30-year comatose with a russian spy ecc... it's more like Family Guy), the show fell in love with the "over-explaining" kind of humor, and overall it seems that the "fil rouge" of the second season (the secretariat movie) has been cast aside for the "adventure of the week" kind of storytelling. And finally, i'm laughin a lot less (i know this isn't primary a comedic show and the THEMES are what matters, but still...)
I just need to wait a little longer to see the series getting kickstarted for real, or season 2 is the true quality of bojack horseman?
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