‘Tuca & Bertie’ creator reacts to Adult Swim canceling show

Adult Swim is no longer the home of “Tuca & Bertie”. On Wednesday, Lisa Hanawalt, creator of the irreverent animated series, announced that her show is over. Yes again.

“Tuca & Bertie has unfortunately been cancelled,” she said in a statement posted to Twitter. “To all our fans – we love you and can’t thank you enough for your support over the years.”

Starring Ali Wong, Tiffany Haddish and Steven Yeun, the series premiered on Netflix in May 2019. Tuca & Bertie focused on two anthropomorphic bird friends in their 30s, voiced by Haddish and Wong. Despite the series’ critical acclaim, Netflix canceled Tuca & Bertie less than three months after its release.

Hanawalt told the Times in 2021 that she felt “taken aback” by the cancellation given the positive response.

“Everyone who worked on the show, both on the show itself and at Netflix, was really excited about it, as far as I could tell,” she said at the time. “So yes, it was a surprise.”

In 2020, Adult Swim popped up to pick up “Tuca & Bertie” for its second season. At the time, Hanawalt said she was “excited to be a new voice for a new decade of absurd, irreverent but heartwarming adult animation,” Deadline reported. Tuca & Bertie was renewed for its third and final season on Adult Swim in August 2021.

In her statement Wednesday, Hanawalt recalled her time at Adult Swim as “creatively fulfilling” and praised Warner Media’s “smart and thoughtful” executives.

She also voiced her support for her staff and gave a shout out to the Animation Guild and Writers Guild of America – and urged other showrunners and creators to continue the fight to unionize their teams.

Tuca & Bertie may not have a home now, but the Bojack Horseman alum said she’s not done with the show.

“I still have a beautiful and weird ending in mind for T&B, hopefully one day we’ll get a chance to finish this story,” she said. “I’m not done creating yet. I’ve seen so many people connect with this show in profound ways and I intend to tell stories like this no matter what.”

In another bittersweet tweetHanawalt found a silver lining in the show’s complicated journey.

“In my head I keep praising T&B as ‘the show is so beautiful I sold it twice,'” she wrote.

In 2019, Hanawalt spoke to The Times about hatching her own series while working on Netflix’s Bojack Horseman.

“I enjoyed having the opportunity to break the rules a bit and create a different universe where things are a little looser and more surreal,” she said. “And closer to my personal work, where plants can walk around and wear clothes and there are boobs on buildings. It’s really more like my comics and my own little world.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-11-02/tuca-bertie-canceled-again-adult-swim-netflix ‘Tuca & Bertie’ creator reacts to Adult Swim canceling show

Sarah Ridley

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