Episode 44: Bojack Horseman the cartoon horse teaches us everything about mental illness (with Annie Ware)
Join Steph and her oldest friend, the gorgeously insightful Annie Ware, as they dissect as much of the psychological meaning behind Netflix's iconic animated series Bojack Horseman, created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Lisa Hanawalt. Can a series centring on a toxic male cartoon horse really convey a plethora of mental illnesses with a level of nuance and realism we've not seen before? Find out as we managed to tackle all (most) of its themes in 90 minutes!
Follow Annie on @fancyfreshpups on Instagram, to see her incredible grooming work (and the goodest doggos).
CONTENT WARNING: Suicide, childhood abuse, alcoholism, self harm behaviour, dementia, death, death anxiety/existentialism
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The Creator of 'Bojack Horseman' on How He Deals With Anxiety | GQ
Lisa Hanawalt, the Artist Behind TV’s Richly Emotional Cartoon Comedies “BoJack Horseman” and “Tuca & Bertie” | The New Yorker
Paul F. Tompkins (Voted #3 Ep of 2011) - The Mental Illness Happy Hour
My Mental Health: How BoJack Horseman helped me accept being on anti-depressants
BoJack Horseman is its own harshest critic - The Verge
The Death of Sarah Lynn Reveals More of Bojack Horseman's True Colors
Let’s Talk About Sarah Lynn. The most misunderstood character in… | by Karin Cho | Follow Your Heart | Medium
Bojack Horseman: Angela Diaz Secretly Causes Bojack's Power Abuses
IGN: Why Bojack Horseman is One of the Best Portrayals of Mental Illness
'Bojack Horseman' and the Nuances of Mental Health Depiction
Bojack Horseman and Mental Health
BoJack Horseman: 10 Real Life Issues The Show Deals With And How It Addresses Them
NOTE: This podcast is not designed to be therapeutic, prescriptive or constitute a formal diagnosis for any listener, nor the characters discussed. The host is not representative of all psychologists and opinions stated are her own personal opinion, based on her own learnings and training (and minimal lived experience). Host and co-hosts do not have the final say and can only comment based on their own perspectives, so please let us know if you dispute any of these opinions – we are keen for feedback!
Music Michael Watson
Artwork: Bronte Poynts
Editor: Steph Fornasier