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Raphael Matthew Bob-Waksberg (born August 17, 1984) is an American comedian, writer, producer, actor and voice actor best known as the creator and showrunner of the Netflix original animated series, BoJack Horseman. Bob-Waksberg also performs voices for various characters on the show, including a corgi and a tree frog. As a member of the Olde English comedy troupe, he co-wrote and appeared in The Exquisite Corpse Project. He was also the script doctor of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.

In March of 2018, it was announced that Bob-Waksberg had signed a deal with Amazon to produce a new animated TV series he had co-created with BoJack Horseman writer Kate Purdy. The new series is an animated comedy-drama entitled Undone. The series revolves around a woman named Alma who discovers a "new relationship with time" after a near-fatal car crash and uses this to learn more about the truth behind her father's death. Aside from showrunning his two shows, he is also an executive producer on BoJack alumna Lisa Hanawalt's show, Tuca & Bertie.

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Tropes Associated with Bob-Waksberg's work

  • Art Evolution: His first series, BoJack Horseman, is designed by Lisa Hanawalt, where the characters are either human or humanized anthropromorphic animals. The style of his series, Undone, is designed by Hisko Hulsing, the artist behind the Richard Linklater films Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly.
  • Central Theme: Both BoJack Horseman and Undone seem to be about time and the human experience.
  • Genre Roulette:
    • BoJack Horseman is a tragicomedy series that serves as a deconstruction of nearly every sitcom trope in the book. The look of the show is very stylized and takes place in a world where characters are either human or half-human/half-animal.
    • Undone plays more like a psychological drama mystery series that uses rotoscope animation to tell its story.
  • Grey-and-Gray Morality: Bob-Waksberg believes what makes something realistic, relatable, and powerful is mixing elements of the good and the bad, the funny and the sad.
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  • Signature Style: His shows uses the animation medium to tell very surreal, complex, and introspective human stories that have a lot of humor, drama, and profound themes.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Both his TV shows, BoJack Horseman and Undone, lie in the middle.

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