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Netflix Teams With Michael Eisner for “BoJack Horseman” Adult Cartoon Series

Want to pitch Netflix their first adult animated series? Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner beat you to it. His company, Tornante, has sold BoJack Horseman to the popular online streaming service. Last December Netflix launched its first children’s animated series, Turbo: F.A.S.T., but Eisner’s project will be their first attempt at animation for an older demographic.

Created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, BoJack Horseman centers around a foul-mouthed, whisky-drinking horse who was once the star of a Nineties family sitcom called Horsin’ Around. Twelve episodes of the show, designed by illustrator Lisa Hanawalt, are currently being produced and animated out of ShadowMachine in Los Angeles.

BoJack Horseman is a brutally funny and unique take on what can happen after pop stardom,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos via press release. “Raphael has created an amazing set of characters voiced by some of the best comics and actors in the world. We’re delighted to be partnering with Michael Eisner in delivering BoJack exclusively to Netflix members around the world.”

“As a studio executive involved in successful sitcoms like Happy Days, Barney Miller and Cheers, I always regretted BoJack wasn’t on my team,” Michael Eisner added in another press release. “But now, with Tornante in the saddle, BoJack is exactly where he belongs, in full creative control, and on Netflix.”

Set to debut on the streaming site later this year, Will Arnett (Arrested Development), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), and Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy) lead the cast of voice actors. Arnett and Paul also exec produce alongside Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Steven A. Cohen and Noel Bright.

This is Tornante’s second animated series; its first was the stop-motion series Glenn Martin, DDS, which ran for two seasons on Nick at Nite.

  • Rufus

    Just finished reading Stewart’s “Disney Wars”. Michael Eisner being on board is not necessarily a good thing in terms of picking winning programs.

  • Clarice

    Great voice cast, especially Will Arnett. Interesting concept. If they have great writers, this could be a fun show. But then I’ve always been a fan of adult content cartoons so I’m biased.

  • Comicolor

    “No sir, I don’t like it.”

  • Roberto Severino

    Having Eisner on board is like swallowing cyanide even with the great cast on board. In other words, this is already reeking of suck.

  • Mister Twister

    >no hooves

  • Teodor Ajduk

    at least, this horse is drawn nicer than mickey mouse today

    • Roberto Severino

      Are you serious? I hope you’re not talking about the new Mickey Mouse shorts with that comment.

  • Inkan1969

    It’s curious that Eisner has devoted his post Disney life to bad cartoons for “adults”. I just hope this new cartoon can come up with a better joke than a dog with a pronounced anus.

  • Myst AnimatorX

    More ugly designs. Who decided all American animation had to be so poorly drawn?

    • Mr-Famicom

      Really, I think the only time a US adult show had good animation was made was with Adult Party Cartoon and that was still animated in Canada (Carbuncle) & South Korea (Big Star).

      This I have no idea if it is going to be done in the states in flash/Toon Boom or outsourced to South Korea, still, “Has Korra tough you nothing?” as this was the man who made sure TMS in Japan stayed in business when Little Nemo went nowhere by giving them some of their best projects they ever did (the same thing can be said about after Nemo with Tom Ruegger as if it were not for Tiny Toons, TMS will be out of business as they lost alot of money on Nemo).

      I’m still hoping that animation as a whole will come back to looking like this ( ) rather then looking like garbage.

  • SarahJesness

    Can’t say I’m pumped for this, but I’ll wait until I see it to judge it further.

  • Funkybat

    It would be really nice to see something aimed at an older audience that ALSO tried to employ really strong draftsmanship. I mean, I love King of the Hill, The Simpsons, Aqua Teen, and Adventure Time as much as the next animation geek. But why does every adult-targeted toon have to look so rough? I mean, all my friends keep telling em to watch Bob’s Burgers, but the art style has pretty much been a hurdle for me. I mean, seriously, is Venture Brothers going to remain the ONLY non-kids cartoon that really tries to push the artistry of the actual animation and drawing quality? When shows like “Allen Gregory” look polished by comparison, it just gets to be a little old.

    • Roberto Severino

      Amen. A lot of these shows are really funny and some of them the best comedies on television right now that happen to be animated, not necessarily well drawn or designed but it would be nice if some of these shows had better drawings to make the jokes funnier. I know the average person isn’t going to a fancy art museum when they sit down to watch any of these shows but it also doesn’t mean they have to look ugly or amateurly done.

      • Funkybat

        I think there is some kind of dogma floating around in the circles of “tastemakers” these days that says stuff that looks amateurish is more appealing to audiences who “identify” with it because it’s “more authentic.” To that I say Ha, and No. It’s an even more phony conceit than the “audiences don’t like 2D animation anymore” nonsense. The reason we are not seeing anything well-drawn greenlit for adults is two-fold; the people hearing and judging pitches seem to prefer to see stuff that looks rough/amateur/crude/whatever, and this in turn has led a lot of artists to pitch shows that look just that way, in the hopes of upping their chances of being picked up. It’s a vicious cycle.

        I think most of the people who have pitched successful adult-oriented shows over the past few years can easily “draw better” than they do, it’s not just a bunch of Mike Judges who are self-taught doodlers with only middling drafting skill. They just want to LOOK like Mike Judges, but the writing is rarely as clever as Judge, which is the main reason he found success after Beavis and Butthead.

  • Matthew

    Am I the only one who notices the irony of the fact that this is a 2D animated project?