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  • Acclaimed Flop: Has a 100% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes and received mostly-positive audience feedback, but Netflix passed on a second season due to low ratings.
  • Actor Allusion: SungWon Cho plays Ultra-Sam, an Animate Inanimate Object whose wife is a lamp, a reference to his ’’Chairem Anime’’ skits in which every character except the protagonist is a piece of sentient furniture (including a lamp named Lamp-Senpai).
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  • Big Name Fan: ToonBoom's Facebook page tends to give overwhelmingly positive responses to any mention of this show in their comments, and it's anonymous staff members have none-too-subtly suggested that the show should be picked up by another service.
  • Invisible Advertising: Part of why the show received low ratings. Many Netflix users complained that it never appeared in their recommendations and those for whom it did only got them because they had watched Bojack Horseman.
  • Name's the Same: Curiously enough, Tuca shares the same name with the Brazilian-Mexican soccer manager Ricardo "Tuca" Ferreti.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Ali Wong's standup and public persona is arguably closer to the boisterous, unfiltered Tuca than the quiet, nebbish Bertie (though she admitted that she was more like Bertie in her real life).
    • Suave, commanding Pastry Pete is a far cry from Reggie Watts' deliberately awkward musical comedian stage persona. In fact, it's the first time he's played a completely fictional character.
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  • Production Posse: Much of the creative staff, including creator/designer Lisa Hanawalt, producer Raphael Bob-Weskerberg, director Amy Winfrey and production companies ShadowMachine and The Tornante Company, all worked on Bojack Horseman. Curiously enough, this also extend to the Latin American Spanish dub, as it was also done in the same voice acting studio (Henckahontas Studio in Los Angeles, CA) and with many members of the dub voice cast of the former working in this series.
  • What Could Have Been: The original promo image had Tuca wearing a pink shirt.
  • Write What You Know: Bertie's experiences with sexual harassment were based on many unpleasant experiences Lisa Hanawalt herself had. She even admitted to excluding some of the more audacious details because they would read as too on-the-nose when presented in fiction.


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