So, I recently binge-watched the third season of BoJack Horseman, and I must say it was pretty spectacular. There were a few things I had hoped/expected to see that didn’t come to pass, but the absence of these elements was made up for by the sheer number of beautiful and haunting moments that I could never have predicted.

Anyway, down to business. Today’s post is primarily going to be an explanation of the main reason I love the show, and the numerous ways it has affected me. I haven’t done a “personal” blog in a while, so I figured this would be a nice way to be personal whilst also ranting about one of my favorite shows.

The reason this show resonates with me so much more than others is the way in which the characters are all written in such a way that I can relate with all of them – which is an incredibly unusual thing, at least for me.

Throughout the first two seasons I was able to see a little bit of myself in almost all of the characters – and in many of these cases seeing my neuroses personified in such a way allowed me to recognize and acknowledge them in a way I hadn’t previously.

Initially I saw myself mostly in Diane, but the more I observed BoJack the more I was able to put a “face” to my depression and recognize just how far it’s influence had reached.

Mr Peanutbutter also hit close to home when his more depressive traits started to see light. The way he acknowledged his need to constantly stay distracted rang particularly true, and I began to see his positive outlook as a facade – much like the one I had felt obligated to keep up for years.

In fact, the only “main” character I was unable to relate to in those first two seasons was Todd. That fact changed dramatically, however, by the end of season 3. But that’s probably something for another post entirely… once I’m able to process things.

Since watching this show for the first time, and going on a journey with the characters, I’ve slowly gained a new degree of self awareness… which isn’t something I ever would have expected. It’s really made me think about my flaws and try to address them, and whilst I’m under no illusions that I’ve magically improved in these past few months, I feel like the show has started an internal dialogue which could lead to real change.

Obviously all of this is only a small part of why I love the show so much – but it’s an aspect of the show that means a lot to me… so I wanted to at least attempt to articulate it. Hopefully I’ve managed to do that to at least some degree.

I may go into more detail about this topic later, or I might simply write a post about one of the other parts of the show I enjoy. I guess it depends on whether I can write something that doesn’t just make me feel like a vapid fan-boy…

BoJack Dissected: S1E06

Image239Because bears like honey, obviously ๐Ÿ˜›

Image218So, it’s official… Mr. Peanut Butter is obsessed with tennis balls.

Also, his license plate is “Good Boy”, and that’s adorable.

Image220So, the challenges that BoJack and Mr. Peanut Butter participated in include;
Mini golf
Ping Pong
Building houses of Cards
Knife throwing
Pie eating
Twister, and…
Competitive rubik’s cube-ing. Huh.

Image221“I miss u sheelah”.
“I did her”.
“I’LL KILL YOU”.

Well ain’t that romantic.

Image222Y’know, all you’d need is a little Creme de Menthe and you’d be able to make a pretty killer Green Russian with that.

Image223Gotta love the guys who are having a thumb war whilst getting butt-probed. I guess they needed a distraction?

Image226Best. Cat. Name. Ever.

Image227And she doesn’t seem to pleased about it.

Image228Love how they scratched out the D (seeing how it went missing and all). Nice touch.

Image229Nothing in particular to point out here (except another tennis ball, and a picture of a tennis ball), but just thoght I’d include this screen cap to just show off the amount of little details they put into this set.

Image230Yep, the horse-shoe seems appropriate.

Also, looks like we’re back to Nope/Yep again.

Image232Both of these photographs were obviously taken during Episode 4. That’s a pretty large burrito I must say…

Image233Aww, they play fetch together! Cute.

Image235Looks like they’ve included 2 of these in this episode – maybe to make up for the absence of a new one in the last episode ๐Ÿ˜›

I was kind of wondering what they would use to symbolize Diane, seeing how she’s a human, and thereby mostly immune to these kinds of visual puns. The typewriter seems appropriate.

Image236And just in case you somehow missed it! ๐Ÿ˜›

Week so far (spoiler: it’s been boring)

Been focusing on my BoJack Horseman stuff for a few days now… so I figured it was about time for a “regular” post to break things up a bit.

It’s been a relatively uneventful week for me, but I did find out yesterday that there have been a couple of issues with my housing funding application – so that was a bit of a downer. I seem to be expected to have a bunch of things I shouldn’t really be expected to have this early… so I’ve been kinda stressed out about that.

On a more positive note, I’ve managed to commit to my daily doodle-comic thing – which I’m quite proud of. I’ve only done 8 days in a row so far… but quite frankly that’s more than I’ve managed before, so I’m impressed. I did go through a bit of a crisis when I found out my work was super similar to that of a friend, but I’ve managed to shake off the resulting worries for the most part – I’m just going to have to use it as motivation to push myself a little harder. It’s all a learning experience after all.

Still, it was really freaky.

I’m nearly halfway through my “BoJack Dissected” series now. I haven’t started on episode 6 yet, but I’ll have it done by tomorrow – and I think after that I’ll take a little break, and do the second half of the first series in a week or two. As much as I’m enjoying it, it is taking up a lot more time than I expected it too – and I’m a little worried that the constant re-watching of the series is going to sicken me to it – so I think a little time off from it is a good idea.

Plus, by the time I get back someone might actually have read it.

Anyhoo, that’s really all I have to say for now. Like I said, it’s been a fairly uneventful week so far. With any luck I’ll get the letters I’m needing some day soon, and then I can get that stress out of the way – which will be nice. Other than that, I think I’ll be spending most of this week working and doodling.

Fun times.

BoJack Dissected: S1E05

Dog0The airport’s mascot (who I had previously featured in my “Dogs of BoJack Horseman” post) is a reference to the movie Air Bud, and also the dog that inspired it.

Image185So Penguin Publishing is situated (rather unfortunately) right next to this building. That’s a rather cruel irony.

Image189The text reads: Danger! Declared in imminent ruin. Asbestos. (or at least, that’s what the text reads according to Google Translate.

Image187The inside of the building doesn’t seem to be faring much better than the outside. Diane is sitting on a pile of books in lieu of a chair, for instance, and you can see an open safe, behind the penguin, which is completely empty.

This time there is an igloo featured on a calendar, as opposed to a simple photograph/painting (kinda hard to tell in a cartoon). Seriously, the guy wonders why people think he comes from the antarctic?

Image190BoJack’s note, for anyone who wanted to read it, but didn’t want to press pause. It’s literally a word-for-word transcript of the words BoJack speaks to Todd. Got to say I was a tad dissapointed they didn’t throw in a little joke.

Image191The champagne is literally “fancy”. That’s what it’s called. If I ever saw a bottle of anything called “fancy” in a store, I would assume it be anything but… but maybe that’s just me.

Image192Not to be confused with Quackers salted crackers (featured in Episode 4).

Image193I feel like a huge opportunity was missed here.

Like, there was a particular breed of dog that may have been more suited to Elvis…

Image194So, it was pointed out to me that the photos of David Boreanaz were sourced from actual images. I never would have guessed the one on the right (which was the one shown to me), but after this fact was pointed out to me, I did recognize the one on the left…

david boreanaz2Not ashamed to admit I recognized this one straight away. Had a little bit of a crush on Boreanaz when I was younger (and a huge Buffy fan) so I was pretty familiar with the image that inspired this one.

Image198david boreanaz1Ooft.

Image237 Jeter sucks.

Image238

“Peeping Tom Tours” and “Nosy Nancy Sights”. Yeah, those names seem pretty appropriate. Also, kinda cool how each bus is a different primary colour. Well, I thought it was cool anyway.

Image199There’s something incredibly “squicky” about this…

Image201The “Piece of Shit Dad Package” looks like it’d be worth every penny.

Image200But, then again, this one seems pretty good too…

Image202He even squelches away like a maggot. Gross.

Image206“Nguyen chum”? They actually labelled it “Nguyen chum”…

Also, gotta love the simplicity of that license plate…

Image208Beers = Cheers. Pretty surprised that I worked that one out considering I’m not American, but at the same time I’m sure it was obvious to most people.

Image209Just jeet it!

BoJack Dissected: S1E04

Image147Opening shot features another appearance by the two raccoons who appeared in the first episode; albeit this time seemingly cooperating with each other – they must have had a falling out some point later, as they don’t seem particularly friendly in the pilot.

Image175The names decorating The Laugh Shack building’s exterior are all people who have worked on the series; including Amy Winfrey, Brian Harris andย Andrew LeBlanc.

Image148During BoJack’s stand-up routine, there are two crickets in the audience.

Did you get that?

Image160Remember that thing that got burned in the last episode? Yeah… it’s gonna stay like that for a while. I love the attention that was paid to the show’s continuity.

Image151They even made the effort to reflect this change in the opening credits sequence.

Image149It’s a little bit harder to spot… but they also made sure to reflect the fact that BoJack’s bed was broken in the last episode – with the broken leg being replaced by a pile of books.

Image152The moths are attracted to the floodlights here, which is a pretty cool touch. Also, the roast of Gloria Steinem was actually mentioned by Princess Carolyn in the last episode, so it’s nice to see them doing something with that.

Image157Speaking of Princess Carolyn, she is giving no shits during this scene – she spends almost all of it glued to her phone. Also, look how full Todd’s plate is.

Image153Oh my god Mr. Peanut Butter! What the hell!? Why aren’t you wearing a v-neck??

Image155Probably an obvious one, but I thought it was neat that the portrait behind Mr. Peanut Butter matches the girls’ personalities – with one being smiley and one being down in the dumps.

Image182Mr. Peanut Butter sure is enthusiastic here.

Image158Which is more than can be said for Princess Carolyn, who has now progressed from one phone to two. Never let it be said she doesn’t work hard…

Image159I recognize most of the people featured in these pictures… the cast of Horsin’ Around, Herb Kazzaz and the bird camera-man (camera bird-man?), however I don’t recognize the person featured in the picture on the far left. At least, not at the time of writing anyway.

Image161Another shot of the bed, post-cannonball.

Image162So this is our first time seeing the outside of Mr. Peanut Butter’s house, and (of course) he has a fire hydrant fountain. I hope that doesn’t mean he urinates in there… I mean, he is a dog.

Image163I feel like this lady is in the wrong line of work if she gets annoyed at people eating steak. I mean… there’s a picture of a burger on the wall for goodness sake – and it doesn’t look like a chicken burger to me.

Image107Also worth pointing out that this guy was one of the targets of the scamming group from earlier.

Image164Mr. Peanut Butter really is blowing my mind today. A second crew-neck!? Okay, well at least this one is justified…

Image165That’s… a lot to take in.

Also, why is joint spelled with a 1?

And what does it even mean by “A Todd Joint”?

Image166Quackers. Ha!

Image167Because why have a 7-Eleven when you could have an 8-Twelve? ๐Ÿ˜›

Image173Oooh, this looks exciting! I wonder what kind of video game this is?

Image174Tetris?

Tetris!?

Image169“Wake up! It’s the morning!”

Image183So whilst most of the stuff on this guy’s laptop is gibberish, there are a few coherent fragments hidden within the madness.

“poison”
“berry”
“peanutbutter”
“australia”
“whoareyou”
“dianeiloveyouleavethatdumbdogalready”
“berrytart”
“iamtypingtypingtyping”

Image170Well, this one was rather obvious.

Image171So, according to Google, Henry is a really common name for hippos in the media. Really common. I would have linked to a few expamples, but WordPress seems to be adamantly removing any new links I add, or allowing their inclusion by removing others… so I must have a limit I was unaware of.

And that’s it for this episode! See you next time! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

BoJack Dissected: S1E03

 

Image115BoJack looks ridiculously sinister here. Sarah Lynn’s terrified expression is completely justified.

Image116Sarah Lynn’s music video is directed by David LaChapelle, who has directed numerous music videos for Elton John and Christina Aguilera, among others.

Image118Originally assumed that Sextina Aquafina was just a parody of Christina Aguilera… but considering the title of the song (gotta love how they spelled ginormousย  with a “y” so it’s sounds “vag-ier”), she was probably intended to be a parody of Awkwafina – an artist whose songs include “My Vag” and “Queef”.

“Awkwafina is a genius,
and her vagina is 50 times better than a penis”.

Image119Oh well, I’m sure they’ll have this fixed by the next episode…

Image142The Swine Within Reach = Design Within Reach.

Image144Oh, would you look at that. Sarah Lynn is eating pancakes.

Image145I can appreciate the giant bag of chips, and the “50 different dips in one GIANT jar” (because that just seems like it’d be the perfect thing to bring to a party), but what the hell are they planning to do with “party” chains and “party” whips?

Image121Interesting choice of reading material…

Image122Another painting that I’m convinced is based on something. Will come back to this one later if I ever manage to track down the source.

Image124“LEMUR ON FIRE! LEMUR ON FIRE!”

Image125Are they playing catch with a blow-up sex doll?

Image127Bit of a freeze-frame bonus: when BoJack drags Sarah Lynn away, her phone’s screen is briefly visible – showing that she was looking at pictures of pancakes.

Image126Gull wrestling? I feel like we were cheated a little bit by the fact that we never got to see this…

Image128Image129BoJack is kind of a dick.

Image130I love that even the carousel horses have hands/feet… though it does remind me of Princess Carolyn’s mouse toys. Other than them, the artists seem to have been incredibly thorough in making sure all animals are anthropomorphized.

Image134Well, these guys look like they’ve been having fun.

Image131So Mr. Peanut Butter’s image on BoJack’s phone is of a fire hydrant. That’s pretty… apt, I guess? I wonder if we’ll see one of these every episode? We’re 3 for 3 so far, after all.

Image132Oh dear. How is she gonna get out this one.

Image135

Oh well, I’m definitely sure they’ll have this fixed by the next episode…Image146Looks like somebody left their porn behind.

Image136Also, kudos for the “A Lemur Was Here” graffiti. Nice touch.

Image27Again, Sarah Lynn is looking at pancakes on her phone. This girl must really like pancakes.

Image141Get it? Because he’s a horse.

Do you get it?

You don’t get it…

BoJack Dissected: S1E02

Continuing on from my earlier post, here’s a collection of the various things I found in episode 2 of BoJack Horseman that I think deserve mentioning. Chances are good that these are all super obvious, and I’ve missed a bunch of far smarter allusions that just went over my head, but I can always come back to this post later and add more as I discover them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Image75First off, we get to see that Princess Carolyn’s picture on BoJack’s phone is a ball of yarn – which is cute. Also worth noting that here his phone gives a choice of Decline/Accept, whereas in the last episode the available options were Yep/Nope.

Image74Whilst the scratching post is rather hard to miss, I was quite pleased to discover that the plant on Princess Carolyn’s desk is in fact Catnip. I had just sort of dismissed it as a generic plant before, so it was cool to look into it in the hopes of there being more to it, and finding out that there was.

Image76I can’t imagine Jon Hamm would be too happy about this cameo – but all publicity is good publicity, I guess ๐Ÿ˜› I wonder who the bird is supposed to be…

Image77Okay, I feel like this gag has some unfortunate implications… but it’s still amusing as long as you don’t think about it too much.

Image106I wonder if this guy lives on Drury Lane…

Image79Well, obviously this guy is shopping for carrots. I mean, what else would he eat?

Image80Tried very hard to find out if this painting was based on/inspired by anything in particular… but had no luck. It has a look to it that makes me think that’s probably the case, but I guess it’ll just have to remain a mystery to me for now.

Image81…if this guy likes grass so much, why even bother with the shears?

Image82Note the magazine, which seems to be a call-back to one of the magazines featured in the opening of the first episode… although the colors are slightly different, which seems a bit strange…

Image83Obviously a parody of the Beatles, and their album A Hard Day’s Night. Still, is it just me… or do these guys look more like ants than beetles? I suppose, it’s hardly unheard of for the animators to subvert expectations in this regard, but it still seems a tad odd.

What’s also odd is that the Beatles spelled their name with an “a” in the first place. I genuinely didn’t notice that until just now…

Image86I love how Princess Carolyn is on a treadmill between a cheetah and a sloth ๐Ÿ˜› Like, what is that sloth even doing there? Also worth noting the mouse Carolyn is chasing after… I wonder what she’ll do if she catches it.

Come to think of it, it seems a little strange that Carolyn has two mouse-related objects that are both relatively non-anthropomorphic… I don’t think I’ve ever seen regular animals in the show.

Image87I wonder if they made that nautical pun on porpoise?

Image88Tom Jumbo-Grumbo is not amused.

Image90The painting behind Diane is based on Dance (II) by Henry Matisse. I like to the think that the horse & cat in the painting are references to BoJack and Carolyn… and the human could be Diane. The theory kind of falls apart with the duck, however…

Image91Including this purely based on BoJack’s hilarious expression.

Obviously this blog does not support horse on horse violence.

Image92The ticker text during this scene is basically all hilarious, but I felt like this segment in particular deserved to be pointed out.

Image94Bear puns… alliteration… fat-shaming. This frame has it all.

Image107Besides Todd, the scammers are also targeting the blue jay paparazzo who appears later in the series. I wasn’t able to work out what the sign directly above the woman’s head said… but the text in the upper right (็ฑณๅ›ฝใฎใƒใƒƒใ‚นใƒซ) translated roughly to “The United States of Hustle”… which seems appropriate.

Image98So… is this a reference to the most well-known adynaton? Probably.

Image100Dog biscuits on the table (which Todd is also eating), but my favourite part of this image is the fact that not only is Mr. Peanut Butter drinking from a dog bowl, but it looks like he’s drinking a cocktail from a dog bowl, complete with an orange wedge garnish – which is a little detail I can really appreciate (what with working at a cocktail bar and all…).

Image99So… Mr. Peanut Butter really seems to like tennis balls. He refers to Diane as a “tennis ball and chain” near the beginning of the episode, and I’m starting to think he may have meant it as a compliment…

Image101I mean… this guy clearly likes tennis balls.

Image108Also, while we’re on Mr. Peanut Butter, I’d just like to point out his apparent inability to not look at the camera whilst being filmed – I’d say chances are good that his post-sitcom acting abilities are on par with BoJack’s.

Also, how adorable is he when he’s sneaking away? Very. That’s how.

Image103So the Misprints are an actual band, and this t-shirt’s design is based on this “Funny Misfits” band shirt design.

I might have to give these guys a listen at some point…

Image104I wonder if this guy needs some help getting down…