FEATURES: What’s to love about Tuca & Bertie
May 7, 2019 Victoria Luz
Netflix’s Tuca and Bertie takes us on a sensual yet captivating adventure of females empowerment in a man’s world!
Once more, Netflix gives us a new adult cartoon that deals with struggles of adulthood. Just like the hit series ‘Bojack Horseman’, ‘Tuca and Bertie’ thrives on the woes of being an adult. But this time, it’s all about GIRLS. Yeah, you heard it right. The future is female in Tuca and Bertie as it whimsically shares the woes of being a woman in a man’s world.
Created by Lisa Hanawalt, ‘Tuca and Bertie’ shares the same art as ‘Bojack Horseman’. And it’s not just that! Both series delivers the reality of adulthood, bundled in a sugar-coated comedy of problematic anthropomorphic animals. They deal with both personal and social problems experienced by women. It might seem light and funny at first, but between the lines of banter are ugly truths that go ignored.
The main characters Tuca and Bertie are definitely an odd yet realistic duo. Both at the crux age of their mid-life crisis, the 30-year old birds struggle in getting their shit together. An extroverted toucan, Tuca (Tiffany Haddish) embodies a confident woman. Body-positive, headstrong and oozing with THE attitude. Being confident and happy-go-lucky, she displays herself as an avoider. Avoider of the harsh reality of being an adult. She doesn’t have a permanent job, mooches off her wealthy aunt and embodies the YOLO lifestyle. On the other hand, the song thrush Bertie (Ali Wong) is the introverted yet ambitious other half. A worry-wart, as Tuca calls, she’s more of a “by the book” person. Even though she’s not the life of the party, she knows how to have fun in her own way.
trippy and hippy Bird Town
Everything about the series scream “feminism”. Bird Town isn’t some chic, sleek and sophisticated city you’d dreamed of. It’s shabbier, rundown with a boho atmosphere. Aside from having anthropomorphic characters living their lives, Bird Town is as organic and natural as it can be. Breasts can be seen in establishments and buildings all over town. If you’ve noticed, they have snakes and snails for subway trains. And all other things around them pulsates with life, even inanimate objects.
Everything feels alive and sentient in all ways possible. At the same time, the people living in Bird Town possess realistic personified traits. Corresponding their species, the characters exude a certain aura you’d naturally expect from them if you look at them as animals. For example, the plants who are sentient, ooze with mystery, chill vibes and grunge and edgy attitude perfect as teenagers. See?
As whimsical as it could be, the series delves deeper into the context of certain social issues. Let’s take sexual harassment in workspaces as an example. For Bertie who seems less assertive and timid herself, she gets flustered a lot. In such a way, she doesn’t like confrontation and is scared of the backlash it could get her. When she felt the inappropriate sexual innuendos of Patissiere Pete, she didn’t speak up. Even when she saw a younger co-worker got the same treatment. She felt the weight of the issue on her shoulders, especially when being on the good side of Pete means progress in her pastry career.
The club that Bertie joined called Women Taking Up Space or WTUS proves how women should fight for their own space. I mean, in this era that we live in, no matter how much we call out sexual predators and catcallers, they will always be there. They will always be lurking somewhere. But WTUS shows that we can and should take action. Just like Bertie, we’d feel like there’s no safe space for us in this man’s world. But in order to live lives as females, we’d have to show that we deserve respect as well.
Despite the comical banters and puns, ‘Tuca and Bertie’ shows that women need empowering as well. It might be short-lived but it’s something women can emphasize and relate to all levels.
In addition to that, it breaks through mental health as well. Bertie introduced the concept of Self-Care Saturday. Everybody fusses about self-care. But most of them revolve around physical self-care sessions. But in reality, we need to take a breather for life every now and then. Tuca and Bertie are well-rounded characters with their own personal issues clouding them. And in the latter part of the season, they begin to accept and reflect on them. But it does take a while. Because that is how it really goes in real life.
We have a hard time accepting the fact that we avoid confrontation and taking up responsibility. We avoid and ignore the inner demons that bother us. When a crisis hits hard, we breakdown and shy away from solutions that will help us long term. But the two bird buddies show that we have to accept and reflect on them at some point in life. We can no longer run away from them when the time comes. We really need to get our shit together, one step at a time, with and without the help of our loved ones.
I mean, adulthood can be freaky. It scares me too. The fact that you’d have to go through life with no training wheels is hard. No trial, no tutorials, and no manuals. Even at 30 years, Tuca and Bertie prove that everyone can still be young at heart. That not everyone older than us has their shit together. It takes time. It’s okay to get lost, to stray afar sometimes. But you should be ready to accept the consequences ahead. Because that’s life. It will just suckerpunch the lights out of you without further notice. You can’t prepare for the unexpected and inevitable. But you can help yourself learn from your mistakes, grow from it and move towards a better future.
So to all girls out there, we are adult women. We have the power and we should own it. You go, girl! So be sure to catch Tuca and Bertie on Netflix!
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