Already boasting hits such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black (returning today for season two), Netflix isn't showing any signs of slowing its original programming. The company announced that BoJack Horseman, an original animated series, is set to premiere on the streaming service on August 22.
With Will Arnett (Arrested Development, Lego Movie) in the title role and other voice talent that includes Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy), comedian Paul F. Tompkins, and Alison Brie (Mad Men, Community), the series is loaded with tons of fan-favorite talent – an auspicious sign.
Equally auspicious for comics fans in the know, artist and graphic designer Lisa Hanawalt (My Dirty Dumb Eyes) is credited as character designer. It’s hard to know how much of her sick, funny, and brilliant sensibilities will permeate the series, but her stamp can be seen visually even in the limited previews available now. Horse-like characters are par for the course in her works.
The show concerns BoJack Horseman, a horse and washed-up actor voiced by Arnett, and his odd menagerie of a supporting cast, both humans and anthropomorphic animals. Paul voices a character that looks in previews to be similar, at least in dress, to his Breaking Bad character Jesse Pinkman, a human called Todd. Tompkins voices an anthropomorphic golden retriever, while Sedaris plays BoJack’s agent and ex-girlfriend, who happens to be a cat.
Here’s the teaser trailer:
Here’s the “trailer” of the imaginary ’90s sitcom, “Horsin’ Around” that BoJack starred in during his more successful days: It’s a pitch-perfect parody of sitcoms from the late-’80s/early ’90s in the vein of Full House, Punky Brewster, Step by Step or any other misplaced orphan/family comedy you can think of.
More amusing “background material” can be found at bojackhorseman.com.
The series is set to run 12 episodes.