The new trailer for Netflix’s animated comedy Tuca & Bertie delivers a look at two thirty-something best friends, who happen to be anthropomorphic birds. If the animation and talking animals looks familiar, it’s because the series hails from the team that helped bring BoJack Horseman to life, namely, Lisa Hanawalt, who created Tuca & Bertie, and Raphael Bob-Waksberg, creator of the aforementioned animated horseman.
BoJack has been a critical darling for Netflix and, presumably, an enormous hit, considering reruns of the series have made their way off the streaming service and onto basic cable in a syndication deal with Comedy Central. So it’s no surprise that Netflix and the show’s creators would want to explore more of the pun-filled human-animal hybrid world that Bob-Waksberg and his writers have created and expanded upon for the past five seasons.
The first step in that expansion is to follow the ups and downs of two best friends entering their dirty thirties. Those two friends, Tuca (Haddish) and Bertie (Wong) also happen to be anthropomorphic birds who find themselves dealing with a variety of post-twenties angst, like relationships, work, and figuring out what they ultimately want out of life. But considering this is a show that has some of the same DNA as BoJack the humor is not only irreverent, it also points a finger at some of the injustices (both big and small) that occur on a regular basis. Check out the trailer for Tuca & Bertie, along with a brief synopsis, below:
“Tuca & Bertie is an animated comedy series about the friendship between two 30-year-old bird women who live in the same apartment building: Tuca (Tiffany Haddish), a cocky, care-free toucan, and Bertie (Ali Wong), an anxious, daydreaming songbird.”
Though it appears to share a world with BoJack, Tuca & Bertie has some interesting differences, both in terms of the animation style — it’s a lot brighter in some ways — and in terms of the show’s tone. This doesn’t appear to be a show about depression posing as an animated comedy. Instead, it looks as though Tuca & Bertie will explore the trials and tribulations facing women as they move further into adulthood and all the complications that can arise.
Tuca & Bertie will stream exclusively on Netflix beginning Friday, May 3.