WHY THE LONG FACE? WHAT BOJACK HORSEMAN
SAYS ABOUT DEPRESSION
Kevin Pabst
12.1 BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett, voice actor) in BoJack Horseman, “Later”
Raphael Bob-Waksberg was a young, amateur comedian
trying to break into the television industry. He had just moved out
to Los Angeles from New York, didn’t know a soul, and was living
in a small bedroom in the giant house of a “friend of a friend of a
friend” in the Hollywood Hills. While sitting out on the deck one
night looking out over all of Hollywood, Raphael was overcome
with melancholy, feeling that despite being on top of the world, he
had never been more lonely and isolated. And thus, the idea was
born to create a show based around a character who had every
success he could ever want yet still could not find a way to be
happy.
A few years later, in August of 2014, Raphael’s vision came
to fruition on Netflix in the form of the platform’s first original
animated series, BoJack Horseman.
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