Review: BoJack Horseman: Seasons One & Two (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

BoJack Horseman was created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg and features the voice talents of Will Arnett as Bojack Horseman, Amy Sedaris as Princess Carolyn, Aaron Paul as Todd Chavez, Alison Brie as Diane Nguyen and Paul F. Tompkins as Mr. Peanutbutter.

Set in a Los Angeles in which humans and anthropomorphic animal-people coexist, BoJack Horseman is an animated show about one man (who is also a horse) who peaked early and is trying to figure out what to do with his life now. An outrageous and dark comedy with a melancholy center, the show asks the question, “what happens when you have the world at your fingertips and you still can’t figure out how to be happy?”Currently streaming on Netflix, the highly popular series BoJack Horseman revolves around the titular character (voiced by Will Arnett), a legendary but fatally flawed former 90’s sitcom star from the family-favorite sitcom Horsin’ Around, who has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships. Now, in the presence of his human sidekick Todd (Aaron Paul) and his feline agent and ex-paramour Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), BoJack is primed for his comeback. The series also stars Alison Brie and Paul F. Tompkins.

The first two seasons take place in “Hollywoo,” because somebody stole the “D,” and centers around Bojack and his neverending infatuation with his human friend Diane who’s also writing a book about the man horse. Bojack is a washed up celebrity who’s funning for his next big role but his alcoholism always gets in the way. There’s also flashbacks every once and a while of Bojack’s unhappy childhood that includes his horrible mother who pretty much is the one who ruined him. It’s true, Bojack wasn’t always this big of a loser but the “figures” around him helped mold the man horse into the pathetic train wreck that he is today.

There’s also Bojack’s best human friend Todd who’s nothing more than a complete mess but he never lets that get him down. I really don’t think Todd’s playing with a full deck, if you know what I mean. There’s also Princess Carolyn who’s Bojack’s agent but she also has a major crush on him and sadly it always goes unnoticed because of his blinding crush with Diane. Last but not least is Mr. Peanutbutter, a man dog who’s also Bojack’s closest competition when it comes to getting the next big role as well as winning Diane’s heart. Unfortunately for Bojack, Mr. Peanutbutter asks Diane to marry him and she says yes, even though she has feelings for the unstable man horse.

The packaging comes with a slipcase with a blue plastic keepcase inside. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes series details, some images and special features. The reverse sleeve features the episode listing and their synopsis. Each disc features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Bojack Horseman was already one of my go-to favorites on the small screen when I need a good laugh and I had a blast revisiting the first two seasons of this oddball animated series. The writing for Bojack Horseman is fantastic, and as far as the voice cast goes, they all fit perfectly with their characters, especially Will Arnett who’s spot on as the self-loathing main character who’s nothing more than a washed up loser in life. The minimalistic animation style has a water color look to it. What’s unique about Bojack Horseman is that it deals with real-life topics like depression, relationships, anxiety, alcoholism and even drug use, but it puts a comedic spin on it all. It’s extreme, adult-themed satire in animation form and in my opinion it’s very similar to the Seinfeld sitcom which was described as a show about nothing – even though it really isn’t. I guess what I like most about this hilarious animated series is how it maks fun of the entertainment industry and they pretty much nail it on all levels with a little exaggeration added in to make it even more of a silly watch for adults. Bojack Horseman: Seasons One & Two will be available on a 4-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set on July 30th.

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Run Time: 4 Discs / 24 Episodes / 10 Hours

Rated: TV-MA

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The impressive list of extras include 25 different audio commentary tracks, two animatics spotlights, a side-by-side animation comparion and two image galleries.

  • 25 audio commentaries with various members of the cast and crew; including creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg; Stars Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris and Paul F. Thompkins; Tornante founder Michael Eisner and more!
  • Animatics 101: Full animatics for the series premiere (25:23)
  • Animatics 201: Full animatics for the season two premiere (26:18)
  • Animatics for the show’s main title sequence (00:56)
  • Animation side-by-side comparison (03:08)
  • Grouplove Live in Amsterdam music video (00:48)
  • Character art gallery (03:25)
  • Background art gallery (03:00)

Fans who order directly from Shout! Factory can purchase a limited collector’s edition that includes a set of six laminated cork-base coasters featuring the lead characters from BoJack Horseman.

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