Lisa Hanawalt’s hilarious, colorful adult animation ‘Tuca & Bertie’ follows the lives of two birds who are best friends. And it confirms season 2 to air in 2021.
Tuca & Bertie first came to Netflix in March of 2019. Despite how much viewers enjoyed the animation, it was canceled by Netflix that July. Fortunately, the story of these two birds is far from over. Thanks to WarnerMedia, fans can look forward to watching a new season of the show in 2021 on Adult Swim.
The series tracks two humanoid birds in their early thirties, Tuca and Bertie. Tuca is a toucan; outgoing and carefree. Bertie is a song thrush; imaginative and anxious. The episodes are short and offer a perfect balance between absurd comedy and real problems that are easy to empathize with.
The show is sharp and playful—think Broad City meets BoJack Horseman. If Season 1, with its stellar cast and imaginative design, is anything to go by, here are 3 reasons why you should watch Season 2.
Tuca & Bertie celebrates female friendship
By placing the close friendship between two women at the forefront, Tuca & Bertie celebrates the power of female friendship. The two characters are vastly different, but their unwavering support for one another is sweet and encouraging. As the title suggests, their close friendship is the focus of the show.
In episode 2, The Promotion, an anxious Bertie is reluctant to pursue a job opening at her company she believes is perfect for her. A much more confident Tuca, albeit through unorthodox tactics, tries to empower Bertie to go after what she wants. Even when things go awry, the intention is always to help each other.
The series also depicts the possible hardships between female friends. In the first episode, Tuca agrees to move out of the apartment she’s been sharing with Bertie because Bertie’s boyfriend, Speckle, is moving in. Through this milestone, the pilot explores how some relationships have to change in order for other ones to flourish, despite how hard this may be.
The show is fantastical and surrealist in style
The illustration style of Tuca & Bertie is bright, imaginative, and surreal. The world these two birds live in is a society where animals, humans, and plants co-exist in a jungle-city setting called ‘Bird Town.’ Tuca and Bertie’s neighbors include a dog, a turkey, and a plant woman.
As you watch the show, you’ll frequently see the imaginations of Tuca and Bertie take over. The imaginative scenes they describe dance across the screen, and the episodes are cuts between their daydreams and reality. In Tuca and Bertie’s world, inanimate objects talk, and something as simple as Tuca’s walk to Bertie’s front door is represented as a video game.
Alongside the show’s visuals, Tuca & Bertie’s sound further emphasises the fantasy of their world. There are musical interjections and hilarious sound effects in every scene. The soundtrack is playful and upbeat.
It explores real-life issues
Although extremely playful, Season 1 of Tuca & Bertie doesn’t shy away from discussing real-life issues. Balancing the fun aesthetic of the show are the serious and realistic subjects it frequently tackles. With an interesting contrast, the show explores reality’s common social issues from a magical setting.
In the episode depicted above, The Jelly Lakes, the show reveals that Bertie’s character was sexually assaulted by a lifeguard as a young girl. Although a heavy episode, it ends with a depiction of Bertie saving her younger self from the depths of dark waters, representing her journey towards healing. Without minimizing the experience, the show gives the episode a hopeful ending.
Through Tuca’s character, the show explores other real-life issues such as the toll of a toxic family, reproductive health, relationships, and career struggles. The show’s approach to these problems is raw and relatable. The episode’s realistic situations make it surprisingly easy to relate to two talking birds living in an imagined universe.
Wacky, empathetic, subtly feminist, Tuca & Bertie is a truly unique adult animation. Have you watched Season 1? Are you excited for Season 2? Let us know your feelings about Tuca & Bertie in the comments.