When Tuca & Bertie first premiered on Netflix it felt like a bit like holding a child chick. Most individuals didn’t totally perceive Lisa Hanawalt’s endlessly foolish and unapologetically weird animated comedy, however the followers and critics who did knew they had been witnessing one thing valuable. On Netflix, it felt as if Tuca & Bertie needed to be hidden away for its personal safety. Now that its house is Adult Swim, there’s a way it will probably lastly soar. In its second season Tuca & Bertie leans more durable into the fragile feelings that made Season 1 so revolutionary whereas by no means shedding its sense of wide-eyed surprise. The actual fact this kindness is being backed by the community recognized for pioneering animation makes this season really feel extra rebellious than ever.
It’s odd to think about Tuca & Bertie as a supply of rise up, as a result of it’s such a delicate present. The half-hour comedy follows the most effective friendship of the 30-something Tuca (Tiffany Haddish), the loud and impulsive toucan, and Bertie (Ali Wong), the anxious and daydreaming songbird. Every episode follows a unique misadventure of their lives or careers pushed to absolutely the excessive. For instance, when Bertie wants to determine methods to speak to her dude bro of a co-worker, she creates her personal inner bro to information her. But when Bertie’s bro positive aspects sentience and escapes her thoughts he begins to create his personal issues.
Those are the kinds of ridiculous antics that occur in Tuca & Bertie nearly continuously. The undeniable fact that they occur in opposition to Hanawalt’s continuously versatile animated world provides one other stage of trippiness. It’s not unusual for characters to interrupt dimensions, change form, or shift to a totally totally different animated type based mostly on the feelings of a narrative. When Bertie feels insecure and haunted, she actually turns right into a bird-woman model of a haunted home. When Tuca feels on prime of the world, she turns into bigger than the individuals surrounding her. For anybody who actually loves animation it’s a perspective-challenging dream.
Season 2 continues to problem conventional animation in one other method. Adult animation is often outlined by massive, apparent plots and loud, typically crass jokes. In its newest installment Tuca & Bertie rejects that mildew and continues to play with subtlety. Jokes are nonetheless current however they’re much less plentiful because the sequence tackles extra fascinating questions like why precisely will we use alcohol as a crutch? What does it imply to be lonely however not alone? Why will we focus a lot on our personal weaknesses when others solely see our strengths?
But the place Season 2 actually excels is thru its reflections on friendship. By now the sequence has made it clear that Tuca and Bertie love one another. If Tuca wants a hand or Bertie wants a shoulder to cry on they’re instantly there for one another, desperate to consolation and comfortable to struggle whoever has damage their bestie. Yet as these two hen girls proceed to get older the present questions if this dynamic is wholesome. You can see traces of those questions in the best way Bertie will describe Tuca for minutes on finish whereas summing up her boyfriend as simply Speckle (Steven Yeun). It’s there when Tuca ditches dates the second she hears her good friend is in bother. This loyalty is definitely admirable. Whether it’s wholesome is one other query solely.
It’s uncommon for any type of artwork to method these conversations. It’s even rarer for a TV present to aim them, a medium that thrives off of continuous poisonous relationships. Having a sequence that keen to parse these conversations as kindly and intelligently as Tuca & Bertie is really a present.
It additionally could also be an indication that the world of animation is increasing for the higher. It wasn’t that way back that Adult Swim was being routinely referred to as out for its lack of feminine creators. Now the community can boast Sandy Honig, Alyssa Stonoha, and Mitra Jouhari’s darkly weird Three Busy Debras alongside the Christina Miller-developed Birdgirl. Only a couple of years in the past this complete style was outlined by joke-heavy swings that usually lacked inner reflection. That’s drastically modified. Rick and Morty, BoJack Horseman, later seasons of The Venture Bros., Primal, and Undone are all grownup animated reveals that focus on characters with wealthy, difficult internal lives. At its finest animation is meant to take the unexamined issues we face in our on a regular basis lives and rework them into simply identifiable and relatable tales. It’s an artwork kind that’s imagined to entertain us as a lot because it teaches us about ourselves.
That’s what Tuca & Bertie does. And on Adult Swim it lastly feels as if this gem has the advertising price range, anticipation, and weekly time slot it’s all the time deserved. After all placing something after Rick and Morty‘s 11 p.m. ET time slot is a vote of confidence. In its second season Tuca & Bertie is unafraid to get deep, and we’re all higher for it.
Season 2 of Tuca & Bertie premieres on Adult Swim Sunday, June 13 at 11:30/10:30 c p.m.