Bojack Horseman and Adult Animation

Bojack Horseman and Adult Animation

Bojack Horseman will end it’s series run on January 31 with the final 8 episodes. I have watched this series from when I first got Netflix back in 2017. I binge watched the first 3 seasons and eagerly awaited the new season which came out the following year. Season 4 did not disappoint. Season 5 was great as well. Part 1 of Season 6 came out October of 2019 and you could see some foreshadowing for what’s going to take place in part 2.

I’m trying not to spoil anything, so my overview is purposely vague. If you have not seen the show, please watch it. It’s really good.

Bojack Horseman is one of the first adult animated shows that I can actually learn something from. There is comedy, but there is also that relatable-ness of the characters that isn’t found in shows like Family Guy and The Simpsons. Bojack as a show is a character study in various human interactions and behaviors. It’s a case study on mental health, addiction, self-destruction, and growth.

Adult animation has been around for some time. I remember how when I was a kid my mom vehemently detested The Simpsons, Family Guy, and South Park. Of course, at that time I was indeed too young to be viewing those shows, but somehow, I still found a way to watch them alongside the actual kids cartoons of my age demographic.

As I got older, I kept watching the adult cartoons, which by this time included: Futurama, The Boondocks, American Dad, King of the Hill, The Cleveland Show. These shows were more comedy than drama. The main motives being to get us to laugh. I liked those shows and I still watch them from time to time.

More recently, shows like Big Mouth, Bob’s Burgers, and Bojack Horseman have been my favorites. It took me a while to get around to liking Bob’s Burgers, but it’s an ok show. Big Mouth is a comedy about puberty, but it’s certainly not a show for anyone under 13. Lol. It actually does a good job of explaining puberty.

Bojack Horseman is a show that really subverts the adult animation trope in my opinion. It makes you laugh, cry, and think. Something other adult cartoons have yet to do or at least, don’t do often.

I’m excited for the final episodes of Bojack and I am hopeful for how it ends. It’s ending on a good note too.

 

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