Netflix shared a first look trailer for the animated series “Tuca & Bertie,” which features an all-star cast and a wild style. The comedy series follows a friendship between two 30-year-old bird women who live in the same apartment building. Their names are Tuca (Tiffany Haddish), a cocky, care-free toucan, and Bertie (Ali Wong), an anxious, daydreaming songbird.
Lisa Hanawalt (BoJack Horseman) created the series, which consists of 10-episodes for its first season. Hanawalt is an executive producer alongside Raphael Bob-Waksberg (BoJack Horseman), Noel Bright (BoJack Horseman, Friends), Steven A. Cohen (BoJack Horseman, Jack & Bobby), Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong. The series is produced by Michael Eisner’s The Tornante Company and animation is done by ShadowMachine.
Joining Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong in the series is Steven Yeun. The first season includes a long list of guest performers, including Nicole Byer, Richard E. Grant, John Early, Reggie Watts, Tig Notaro, Amber Ruffin, Jermaine Fowler, Tessa Thompson, and many more.
On social media Netflix teased the series adding, “They’re just two ride-or-fly BFFs winging it together.”
Fans of “BoJack Horseman” should be excited about the show, since it shares a lot of the same creative talent. If you want to set a reminder, “Tuca & Bertie” is scheduled to launch globally on Netflix on Friday, May 3.
Earlier this week Netflix announced a new original African animated series, a first for the company, called “Mama K’s Team 4.” The series is produced by Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios and leading London-based kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE.
Mama K’s Team 4 tells the story of four teen girls living in the neo-futuristic African city of Lusaka, Zambia who are recruited by a retired secret agent still committed to saving the world. The series joins Netflix’s growing slate of original animated programming designed for kids and families everywhere, brought to 190 countries by artists from around the world.
Mama K’s Team 4 is created by Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema, who was one of eight winners in the Triggerfish Story Lab initiative in 2015, a pan-african talent search.