Netflix animated series Bojack Horseman has surprised fans with a festive treat: a 25-minute Christmas special with the curmudgeonly TV wash-up voiced by Will Arnett.
The first season of Bojack Horseman arrived on Netflix in full in August this year. The 12-episode series follows a TV actor who peaked in the Nineties and is struggling to retain his relevance in the 21st-century. He also happens to be a horse.
In his heyday (pun intended), Bojack was the star of family sitcom Horsin’ Around and inhabits an animated universe where human and anthropomorphic characters co-exist.
As well as Arnett, who is perhaps best-known as Gob from Arrested Development, the series enlists the voice talents of Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, Community’s Alison Brie, and comedians Amy Sedaris and Paul F. Tompkins.
The dark comic narrative tinged with heartfelt moments elicited mixed reviews from critics, but Bojack has found a following of fans online, who have been exhibiting their excitement at this Christmas surprise.
haaaay #LA guess whos baaaack
— BoJack Horseman (@BoJackHorseman) December 19, 2014
My day got 1000X better when I saw that Bojack’s Christmas special was now on netflix
— Nate Makum (@NateMakum) December 19, 2014
WHAT THERE IS A BOJACK HORSEMAN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE IT IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.
— AJ Berna (@ajberna) December 19, 2014
The @BoJackHorseman Christmas Special is a godsend. 🙌. Love me some BoJack. pic.twitter.com/HRY9FnF0S9
— David Stark (@harkonnenremix) December 19, 2014
The Bojack Horseman Christmas special is absurdly good. Perhaps even mind-bogglingly good. Immediately it joins my Xmas media rotation.
— C. Joseph Bea (@CJosephBea) December 19, 2014
Just read the most apt review for ‘BoJack Horseman’. pic.twitter.com/scSuTVWszW
— Sahil Rizwan (@SahilRiz) December 19, 2014
In the Bojack Horseman Christmas Special, Bojack and his housemate Todd (Aaron Paul) sit down to watch a Horsin’ Around Christmas special, and the show-within-a-show brings about a short-lived emotional response from the fallen star.
Bojack Horseman was renewed for a second season less than a week after the release of season one. A dozen more episodes for season two are set for production in 2015.