Netflix’s Bojack Horseman, the cartoon about… well… everything. Above all, it is the story of a creative trying to find his way in a changing scape he doesn’t recognise anymore. It doesn’t recognise him, either.
Set in a Los Angeles where the population is made up of anthropomorphic animals (perhaps a cutting commentary in-and-of itself?), the show offers up the real cost of ‘making it’ through tales of self-destructive one-time child stars, obsessive fans, the mindless march of capitalist ventures run by machines (I know, I had to re-read that too). It also wades into the deeper discourse surrounding the creative industries.
While the main plot is often dedicated to the foibles of Bojack, the devil is in the details.