“BoJack Horseman” is among the funniest comedies on TV, though its comic sensibilities have always leaned toward the darker end of the spectrum. A new video from Wisecrack delves into the show’s philosophy, described here as focusing on the “disillusionment that inevitably comes when you look beneath the surface.”
At the center of this all is Hollywoo, the show’s stand-in for Hollywood, where BoJack (voiced by Will Arnett) and his talking-animal cohort live and work. As one character describes it, this is “a real pretty town smack on top of all that black tar. By the time you realize you’re sinking, it’s too deep.” This video takes it a step further, arguing that “BoJack Horseman” uses Hollywoo as a stand-in for existence itself — a sobering thought, given its bleak view of things.
Plenty of lines support this theory, a few of them sampled here: “The universe is a cruel, uncaring void. The key to being happy isn’t to search for meaning; it’s to just keep yourself busy with unimportant nonsense, and eventually you’ll be dead.” “Do I have a purpose?” For more on the links between BoJack and Kierkegaard, watch below.