Inside The Animated Mind Of Lisa Hanawalt
You might know her distinct style from “Bojack Horseman.”
Now, illustrator Lisa Hanawalt is out with a new Netflix show called “Tuca & Bertie” — a coming-of-age sitcom that maps the human condition onto titular bird-women best friends. Tiffany Haddish is the voice of Tuca and Amy Wong is the voice of Bertie.
Amanda Hess of The New York Times profiled Hanawalt last month. Here’s part of what she wrote:
At 35, Hanawalt has created a whole universe of anthropomorphic characters with deeply human concerns and base animal instincts: alcoholic he-horses, anxious she-moose, dog-girls reeling from trauma and cat-women struggling to succeed in a cat-man’s world.
[…] Cartoons typically use anthropomorphism to project human characteristics onto animals — to make them seem more like us. But Hanawalt’s creations often achieve the opposite effect. They reveal how beastly humans can be. This is particularly revelatory when it comes to female characters. The animalism of Hanawalt’s work helps reveal parts of women we rarely see onscreen — the strangest, horniest, hungriest parts.
We’ll talk to Hanawalt about her vision, and what “Tuca & Bertie” has to say about life and how to live it.
Show produced by Paige Osburn. Text by Kathryn Fink.
Lisa Hanawalt, Illustrator, “Bojack Horseman”; creator, “Tuca and Bertie”; cartoonist; @lisadraws
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