Bojack Horseman: A Celebrity Hero

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We watch them on T.V., buy their brands, and read about them in magazines, but how much do we really know about our favorite celebrities? We constantly scrutinize them, truly believing that what they are in our minds, is the ideal version of what a human being is. However, we all know that this isn’t the case. Pick your favorite celebrity meltdown of this century. Whether it’s Kanye West or Britney Spears, the people we put on such high pedestals are just people at the end of the day. Like Old Yeezy told us “the people highest up got the lowest self esteem.”

Netflix’s original series Bojack Horseman, sheds a new light on the “has-been celebrity” T.V. show pitch. Set in Los Angeles, Bojack Horseman (Will Arnett) is (well… first of all he is a horse man, obviously) a washed-up 80’s star of the insanely popular show Horsin’ Around. The long-lasting popularity of the show still allows Bojack fame and fortune, but as time moves on, every reference to his past work is like a slap in the face. Although he is loved by the public, he longs for something more.  20+ years after the show went of the air, he finds himself alone, bitter and drinking himself through his days and partying through his nights. And the icing on the cake… his only friend is a homeless dude that lives on his couch, Todd (Aaron Paul).

Then, a revelation hits Bojack. Write an auto-biography. He is forced out of his house and confronts his past to take on his future. With his ghostwriter, Diane Nguyen (Alison Brie) guiding him along the way, a transformation begins to occur. We see a depressed, out-of-touch star turn into a real, feeling ,(horse) person who is able to solve his own problems and escape the mental state that he has been trapped in. But will it ever be enough for him?

The way that the show’s creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg navigates the search for purpose in a fictional celebrities life, puts life onto a scale where we can all relate. Famous or not, we are all imperfect beings and we all want to be happy. Stars seem to tower over us, influencing our lives because we aspire to be like them. Bob-Wakesberg brings them down to our level and it is incredible to see how much you have in common with the people that you hear about on TMZ, as well as what you  have in common with a washed-up horse man.

Finally, the whole show is put into a universe where it’s like 50% humans and 50% human/animal hybrids, so the animal joke possibilities are endless.

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Junior Project Coordinator at Voksee Production Company
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