“Aren’t you the horse from Horsin’ Around?”

Season 1, Episode 1 Everyone meet Bojack. 

For a lot of people, life is just one long kick in the urethra, and sometimes when you get home from a long day of getting kicked in the urethra, you just want to watch a show about good, likable people who love each other, where, you know, no matter what happens, at the end of 30 minutes, everything’s gonna turn out okay. 

– Bojack Horseman

This is not your average series.

Of course, I suppose that those who have not watched the series before may not be quite enchanted with the first episode. In fact, rotten tomatoes gave he first season a 65%, but the following were 100%, 100%, 97%, and 100% in the following seasons. Evidently, this is laying a lot of ground work and building character relationships that will become important later on.  Though the comedy may be obvious, the dark side of the show has yet to rear its ugly head. 

For now, lets take a moment to be captivated by the iconic intro song: 

Back to the point: 

Right from the first episode we have some important background information shown in a somewhat rigid way, though granted the message is clear. From this episode we understand that Bojack is a has been movie star from a sitcom in the 90s. He is self-depressive, cynical, lazy, and (for lack of better words) a total asshole. We first see his interaction with Todd, a squatter type of guy who has been living on Bojack’s couch for quite some time. Not much to that scene other than gathering background. The meeting with the penguin is also primarily to build plot points, so no need to dwell on it.

The first real taste we get of who Bojack is going to be is when he meets Princess Caroline (PC), his now ex-wife, but still his agent, at diner, where PC pulls the plug on their relationship. We see Bojack use misdirection, and while the character PC is pulled into this notion, the viewer is distracted by Bojack’s rambling about getting fat from eating to much bread. The fact that Bojack has trouble, or is almost unable to face any problems he encounters is a massive point to highlight, as the majority of his self-loathing and alcohol abuse is both fueled by and propels his inability to manage himself and make good decisions, resulting in his pitiful state. 

This is, perhaps, a reality of Bojack that becomes painfully clear later in the season, but also leads the viewer to reconcile with their own actions. Why can’t Bojack fix himself, even with people around him trying to help him recover and regain his fame? Why can’t I reach the things I want to achieve for myself? Why do I hold myself back? Of course, this is only the first episode, so these questions are introductory. However, Bojack’s character development mirrors that of the engaged viewer. As Bojack delves deeper into trying to understand why he does self-destructive behaviors, the viewer also asks themselves, why? Understandably, Bojack Horseman has taken off for this exact reason, and I guess my mission is to help people understand what they are feeling by telling my own stories as well. The journey is just beginning… 

Until next time loves!

xo delaney

Lets Analyze… Bojack Horseman!

Hello ladies and gentlemen, or whatever you refer to yourself as. I guess social norms have changed a bit since I last blogged frequently haha! Anyways I have a new project, as it seems that I am still getting a fair number of viewers coming through on a daily basis. I feel ashamed that I haven’t watched an anime in about a year, however, I have been busy with other shows, such Bojack Horseman. 

To make an anime comparison, Bojack could be compared to a mix of Gin from Gintama, Hachiman from My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, among other types of cryptically comedic, yet simultaneously dark characters. Him, along with many of the other characters in the series have captured not only my heart, but also have latched to the darkest parts of my own person. I truly believe watching this show makes you reflect about your life and your own actions, and in that way it has been a massive success.  

Accordingly, I have decided to create a critical analysis series on Bojack Horseman, as a way to point out the complexities of the show to help others understand, as well as to develop my own understanding of what the show means to me and what exactly I have learned. With stellar reviews (after the first season at least) of almost 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, it is a must watch! This post serves as an announcement, as well as some background on the series. Enjoy!

Wikipedia Synopsis and Premise: 

BoJack Horseman is an American adult animated comedy-drama series created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. The series stars Will Arnett as the title character, with a supporting cast including Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins, and Aaron Paul. The series’ first season premiered on August 22, 2014, on Netflix, with a Christmas special premiering on December 19. The show is designed by the cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt, who had previously worked with Bob-Waksberg on the webcomic Tip Me Over, Pour Me OutAlongside having a satirical take on current events, politics, and show business, BoJack is lauded for its realistic take on dealing with depression, trauma, addiction, self-destructive behavior, and the human experience.

The series takes place mostly in Hollywood (later known as “Hollywoo” after the ‘D’ in the Hollywood Sign is destroyed in a romantic gesture), in an alternate world where humans and tailless anthropomorphic animals live side by side. BoJack Horseman, the washed-up star of the 1990s sitcom Horsin’ Around, plans his big return to celebrity relevance with a tell-all autobiography that he dictates to his ghostwriter Diane Nguyen. BoJack also has to contend with the demands of his agent and on-again-off-again girlfriend Princess Carolyn, the misguided antics of his freeloading roommate Todd Chavez, and his friend and rival Mr. Peanutbutter.