Tuca & Bertie

Everything's Coming Up Simpsons: Ep. 195 The Call of the Simpsons w/ Mike Hollingsworth

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Mike Hollingsworth

This week, we're joined by Mike Hollingsworth! He's supervising director for "BoJack Horseman" and "Tuca & Bertie." He'll tell us a story about being one of the first animators that Netflix ever hired on the streaming platform. Plus, we take a look at "The Call of the Simpsons" an episode from season one. Albert Brooks made his first guest appearance in this episode as the voice of Cowboy Bob. Why we love the Springfield bears, and why they love Maggie. By the way, how much do you know about bird reproductive organs? Not much, you say – well, that's all about to change after this episode.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Tuca and Bertie Creator Lisa Hanawalt

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Lisa Hanawalt

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Lisa Hanawalt, creator of the new Netflix animated series Tuca & Bertie

Lisa Hanawalt is a cartoonist, writer, and author of four brilliant books, including "Hot Dog Taste Test" and "My Dirty Dumb Eyes." Her latest book, "Coyote Dog Girl," is also great. She also co-hosts a podcast here at Maximum Fun called "Baby Geniuses" along with the comic Emily Heller. You may be familiar with her work on the popular animated Netflix series "BoJack Horseman" where she's a producer. Hanawalt is the creator of the new show "Tuca & Bertie." It's an animated series on Netflix and it's very funny.

Tuca & Bertie is a show about two women. Anthropomorphic bird women, to be exact. They live in Bird Town. Tuca is a toucan. She's outgoing and fun, but kind of a mess, too. She doesn't really have a solid job. Bertie, her best friend, is a songbird, kind of a homebody, a little shy and deferential. When the show starts, she's just moved in with her boyfriend.

A lot of the problems Tuca and Bertie encounter are fairly human and grounded: relationship stuff, work problems, sexual harassment. But the world they live in is anything but. The show is breathtakingly drawn and totally surreal: Phones talk. Hospital equipment talks. Plants walk. Lisa based Tuca & Bertie off of characters from her books, characters she's lived with for a long time and sees sort of as extensions of herself.

Lisa talks to us about how intuitive creating Tuca & Bertie was at times,on deciding what to ground in reality and where to take flight, and why she should be allowed to ride Martha Stewart's pony.

A quick warning about this interview you're about to hear: there's some talk about sex in it, mostly just talking about body parts. If you or someone you're listening with might be sensitive to that kind of thing, we're giving you a heads up now.

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