Netflix’s Bojack Horseman drops its fifth season on the streaming network tomorrow. In preparation for the gorging fans will soon begin, I’ve gathered some facts about the series that may be a surprise to some. Including me, because I’ve never watched an episode.
HERE WE GO!
1. Celebrities are always given a chance to voice their character on the show. When they pass, the show-version is usually re-written to be more of a jerk and meet a violent fate.
2. Patrick Carney, drummer for the Black Keys, was messing around with his new home studio when he recorded what would become the show’s theme song. It was never meant to be put out for public consumption.
3. The show takes part in table reads, which doesn’t really happen with an animated series. Stars Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Paul F.Tompkins, Amy Sedaris, and Aaron Paul actually interact prior to recording their lines.
4. Sedaris’ character, Princess Carolyn, has a book in her office that references one written by the actress’ brother, David Sedaris.
5. Raphael Bob-Waksberg, the show’s creator, appears in every episode in the background. He’s wearing red flannel.
6. Arnett finds Bojack to be the darkest character he’s portrayed, admitting that he sometimes takes home the depression and need for therapy.
7. Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company produces the show. When creator Bob-Waksberg first told Eisner about the show idea, he was told there were too many series already lampooning Hollywood. Bob-Waksberg changed the idea to a racehorse that was well past his prime and attempting to navigate life. Eisner agreed to let the show have a washed up horse actor after Bob-Waksberg reiterated why it would be a better series.
8. Bob-Waksberg told Vulture that part of the fun of having animal-human hybrids at stars includes being able to push the boundaries of good taste further.
9. Many characters wear outfits based on real ones worn by celebrities.
10. The episode “Let’s Find Out” came from a spec script written for Curb Your Enthusiasm by Peter Knight that had Larry David upset that Ron Howard didn’t know him. As an act of self-spiting retaliation, David pretends he doesn’t know who Howard is and loses the gameshow Who Wants to be a Millionaire?.
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