Earlier this year, Netflix gave us an animated show called Tuca & Bertie. It featured an animation style similar to the much-revered BoJack Horseman. But was it just as amazing? Yes.
Some may have viewed Tuca & Bertie as just another variant of BoJack Horseman, but it held its own and proved doubters wrong.
Yet even with what the series achieved in its premiere season, Netflix still decided to pull the plug. A promising show released in 2019 was canceled in the same year.
Did Netflix make the right decision? Far from it.
Ignoring the Long-Term Potential of Lisa Hanawalt’s Creation
Tuca & Bertie is the creation of Lisa Hanawalt. The 36-year-old is brimming with great ideas, and we got a glimpse of her incredible mind with the Netflix show.
Still, we should have already expected Tuca & Bertie to delight us. Hanawalt’s previous works include Stay Away from Other People, I Want You, On the Trail With Wylie.
These aforementioned projects were all well-received and got Hanawalt numerous awards. She even has one for BoJack Horseman as she’s both a producer and production designer of the show.
Somehow, Netflix is alright with another season of the controversial, poorly written 13 Reasons Why but it won’t this one at least one more reason.
Netflix is Crippling Creators Who Dare to Be Different
Tuca & Bertie is important to fans and creators alike because it pushes animation as a medium. Even today, many people still think that animation is just for kids.
But the truth is that animation can be used whether you want a kids show or something grim and philosophical. It’s not all about silly antics in 2D or 3D animation.
Sure, Tuca & Bertie does have a lot of hilarious moments. It’s a comedy after all. But just like BoJack Horseman, the show is unafraid to dig into more serious themes perfect for adults.
The series manages to illustrate the troubles of being an adult while highlighting the value of friendship. Plus, Tuca & Bertie is a surreal sitcom that’s a visual delight.
No One Benefits from the ‘Tuca & Bertie’ Cancellation
Sure, Netflix gets to save money for not renewing Tuca & Bertie. But is it worth it? The streaming company axed a show that was already making the best-of lists for 2019.
Netflix also has a ton of money. It has over 140 million subscribers around the world. If Netflix can pay AT&T a whopping $80 million to keep streaming Friends, surely it has the budget for the second season of Tuca & Bertie.
The cancellation highlights a problem for Netflix. What does it take for a show to stay? Was universal acclaim not enough? Is it all about viewership count?
And if it’s because Tuca & Bertie didn’t get enough viewers, shouldn’t Netflix get the blame? The company is responsible for choosing the shows that get displayed on the home screen each day.
Netflix also manages the algorithm that recommends shows to millions of users. Why didn’t the algorithm recommend Tuca & Bertie to its creator Lisa Hanawalt? That’s a huge cause for alarm.
If Netflix wants to be the home of award-winning series and films, it needs to reevaluate its promotion and marketing strategy for its most promising offerings.