BoJack Horseman: A Six-Season Quest to Find the Meaning of Life
Whilst Diane contemplates whether or not to follow a self-obsessed philanthropist across the war-torn plains of Cordovia, her Golden Retriever husband attempts to dissuade her through the frighteningly accurate observation: ‘The universe is a cruel, uncaring void. The key to being happy isn’t the search for meaning; it’s just to keep yourself busy with unimportant nonsense, and eventually, you’ll be dead.’ As I sat slumped in swathes of bed sheets dotted with stale popcorn kernels, wearing the same pyjamas I have spent days in, and struggling to stay awake so that I could re-finish the season one finale, Mr Peanutbutter’s words circled around my subconscious until the end of the episode. Despite watching the end of the credits roll, cancelling the precarious Netflix auto-play button, and closing the lid of my Macbook for good, I could not unhear what he had said. I lay on my back studying the vintage celestial chart on my bedroom ceiling, asking myself what is the meaning of life?
Even if you have not watched the show, I am sure that this experience sounds very familiar. An inexorable global pandemic that has resulted in over two million deaths worldwide and three national lockdowns puts a lot of things into perspective for everyone. Perhaps the first lockdown wasn’t so bad with the opportunities to learn new skills such as baking or gardening and we plowed through the second one, driven by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s promise of a Covid-free Christmas, but the third is a lugubrious abyss, which seems to prove Mr. Peanutbutter’s theory that ‘the universe is a cruel, uncaring void.’ Therefore, it only makes sense to keep ourselves ‘busy with unimportant nonsense’, right?
After all, television shows like Horsin’ Around exist for a reason. Redolent of series such as Modern Family and Fuller House, the nine-season situational comedy follows a young bachelor horse, who is forced to reevaluate his priorities when he agrees to raise three human children. Full of flat punchlines and formulaic life stories, it comes as no surprise that the show was an immediate hit with American audiences, thus enabling BoJack Horseman’s claim to fame. Perhaps the perfect life portrayed on screen, where arguments were immediately resolved and any loose ends were tied up at the end of each episode, acted as a form of idyllic escapism for viewers stuck in the monotony of reality. Ironically, this appears to be the case for the show’s lead actor. Consumed by the desire to be the successful celebrity he once was, BoJack incessantly re-watches his personal VHS tape collection of the show, rewinding and pausing scenes every moment or so to re-enact his lines to nobody but himself.
This is the angle Bob-Waksberg gives us. Instead of looking through the rose-tinted lens of Horsin’ Around, we are handed a magnifying glass that exposes the tragic realities of every character’s life, whether it is BoJack’s substance abuse that subsequently leads to self-destruction; Diane’s depression, which dismantles her identity and sense of self; Mr Peanutbutter’s naivety that results in the blissful ignorance of the real-life problems surrounding him; Princess Carolyn’s struggle to separate her workaholism and saviour complex from her personal family life; Sarah Lynn’s traumatic childhood as an oversexualised teenage popstar; or Todd’s pushover nature that confines him to an endless cycle of abuse. At first, this dark comedy feels like an alternate universe with its technicolour anthropomorphic characters and wacky plotlines that were almost definitely created during an acid trip. However, sooner or later, you slowly begin to realise that you are looking in a mirror; it might be a funhouse mirror, but it is an image of reflection nonetheless. BoJack Horseman is not just an animated bildungsroman that is confined to the growth of its characters. You, as an audience member, grow with it along the way. You learn about the inherent structural flaws within society, ranging from institutional racism to systemic sexual abuse, as well as your own personality, depending on which character you relate the most to.
In my opinion, that is what lockdown should be about. Instead of pretending that everything is getting better and being indoctrinated by claims that we can ‘beat the virus’ so that everything can go back to “normal”, this should be a time of reflection. We, collectively, should be thinking about how to address and solve the multitude of oppressive issues in our society, but also within ourselves. Perhaps it is time for us to pull out the old VHS tapes of our own lives and watch each episode back with hindsight. But, if you are not quite ready for that, watch someone else do it first. Follow Bojack Horseman on his quest to find the meaning of life – it only takes him six seasons to figure it out.
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BoJack Horseman : The two of you are playing with fire.
Mr. Peanutbutter : A fire called having a good idea.
Todd Chavez : Maybe a fire called friendship.
BoJack Horseman : Fires aren't called things.
Todd Chavez : What about the Chicago fire? Or Gabe.
Mr. Peanutbutter : Who's Gabe?
Todd Chavez : Just a fire I meant once, named him Gabe.
BoJack Horseman: Mr. Peanutbutter's 10 Most Iconic Quotes, Ranked
Mr. Peanutbutter is one of the kindest and the most seemingly-happy characters on BoJack Horseman. Due to his fun persona, he often comes across as rather naive and simple-minded - similar to Todd. However, there is a surprising depth to his inner-world. His thoughts might seem simplistic, but they hold profound truths, as well.
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Throughout the six seasons, he has married and divorced Diane, campaigned for governor, worked alongside BoJack on Philbert and starred in Birthday Dad. On this journey, he said some things that went down as some of the most memorable quotes in the series.
10 "Why Does It Suddenly Matter What I Want?"
Mr. Peanutbutter is a loyal and loving husband, but somehow, he always ends up getting divorced. In "Hank After Dark,", Diane is thinking about going to work for Sebastian St Claire in war-torn Cordovia. Mr. Peanutbutter obviously doesn't love the idea, but doesn't push for Diane to stay either.
"Why does it suddenly matter what I want?", he asks her. He is a typical codependent. In love, he lives to serve his partner.
9 "I Gotta Say I Am Having A Time Of My Life Being Depressed!"
In "A Little Even, Is All," Princess Carolyn wanted to make Mr. Peanutbutter a likable character again after the world has found out he had cheated on his girlfriend Pickles with his ex-wife, Diane, by creating a meme 'sad dog.'
The publicity stunt worked and he quickly became the national face of depression. The campaign seems especially ridiculous to BoJack since Mr. PB is such a cheerful guy.
8 "All I Ever Wanted Was To Be Your Friend, And You Treat Me Like A Big Joke."
Mr. Peanutbutter is not confrontational at all, but in "Let's Find Out," he finally stood up for himself after BoJack disrespected him yet again.
Mr. PB confronts BoJack, asking him why won't he like him. He disregards BoJack's jealousy by saying: "You're a millionaire movie star with a girlfriend who loves you, acting in your dream movie. What more do you want? What else could the universe possibly owe you?" Sad moments on the show, such as this one, show that Mr. PB is more than just a happy-go-lucky dog.
7 "He's All Talk, No Shooting You With An Assault Rifle.”
A big chunk of BoJack Horseman's unique humor comes from the fact that a lot of characters are animals, rather than humans. In "Old Acquaintance," Mr. PB translates a dog phrase into a human one:
"He's probably just razzin' ya. But he's a good dog. All bark, no bite. Oh, sorry! That's a Labrador expression. I guess in human terms it would be: he's all talk, no shooting you with an assault rifle."
6 "Doggy Doggy What Now?"
Just as Sarah Lynn's character in Horsin Around kept saying, "That's too much, man," Mr. Peanutbutter's ' catchphrase is "Doggy doggy what now?"
The writers have a knack for writing phrases that sound as if they were from an actual 90s sitcom. Mr. Peanutbutter says it when he first lands the job as the star of his very own sitcom by complete chance. He instantly charmed the whole crowd.
5 "Everybody Deserves To Be Loved."
As a friend, Mr. Peanutbutter loves to give pep talks and keep things positive. Due to trauma caused by Beatrice, BoJack feels undeserving of love.
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His self-image is a mess and he is constantly crippled by anxiety and depression. Mr. Peanutbutter 's quote, "Everybody deserves to be loved," holds a deep truth and it's exactly what BoJack needs to hear when he hits rock bottom.
4 "Erica! Get Out Of Here With That Face!"
Erica is definitely among the all-time favorite running gags of BoJack Horseman. Erica is a character with no screen time. Mr. Peanutbutter usually spots her at parties and gets distracted by "some noteworthy aspect of her character presentation."
The running Erica joke is also one of the oldest, since Mr. PB spots her in the pilot already, saying: "Erica! Get out of here with that face!" The last Erica exclamation happened in the very last episode, "Nice While It Lasted."
3 "Are All Of My Breakthroughs A British Prog-Rock Band From The 70s? Because YES!"
Mr. Peanutbutter's way of communicating certain things is definitely another one of his most iconic trademarks. He likes to talk by giving answers to his particularly niche questions. They sometimes serve as an insight into his character: "Are my self-destructive patterns and unexamined cycles of codependency the popular Jim Carrey character The Mask? Because - somebody stop me!"
Bojack asks him whether this is the way he phrases all his breakthroughs, to which Mr. PB replies: "Are all of my breakthroughs a British prog-rock band from the 70s? Because YES!"
2 "The Universe Is A Cruel, Uncaring Void."
Unlike BoJack and Diane, Mr. PB never shows any signs of having an existential crisis. But one time, he tells Diane something oddly profound and simplistic: "The universe is a cruel, uncaring void. The key to being happy isn't a search for meaning. It's to just keep yourself busy with unimportant nonsense, and eventually, you'll be dead."
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This quote proves that Mr. PB also gives existential topics a thought and that his life philosophy is pretty stoic.
1 "What Is This? A Crossover Episode?"
Throughout the series, Mr. Peanutbutter wanted nothing more than to get a crossover episode with his beloved friend BoJack. After all, the two rose to fame by starring in sitcoms with a very similar premise.
BoJack always hated the idea, but Mr. Peanutbutter's long-time dream finally came true in the last season. He was so overwhelmed by it happening, he broke down crying, saying this was the best day ever.
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|“||The universe is a cruel, uncaring void. The key to being happy isn't a search for meaning. It's to just keep yourself busy with unimportant nonsense, and eventually, you'll be dead.||”|
—Mr. Peanutbutter, Later
52 (as of the finale)
Dog (Yellow Labrador)
- Hollywoo, Los Angeles (Currently)
- Labrador Peninsula, Canada (Birthplace, Hometown)
- Mr. Peanutbutter Sr. (father, deceased)
- Unnamed Mother (deceased)
- Nana Peanutbutter (paternal grandmother; deceased)
Mr. Peanutbutter, the star of Mr. Peanutbutter's House, is an adult male yellow Labrador Retriever, who is BoJack Horseman's friend and former sitcom rival. He is one of the main characters in BoJack Horseman. He dates and later marries Diane Nguyen, although the two get a divorce in Season 5.
In the same season, he plays Fritz on Philbert, and he begins dating a young female pug named Pickles Aplenty. He proposes to her in the season finale to avoid admitting he cheated on her by sleeping with Diane.
In Season 6, he plays the eponymous character Birthday Dad in the show of the same name, which is a huge success. After Pickles learns about Diane, they agree she can sleep with multiple guys until she finds the right one to cheat on him with, although this ends up with her leaving him for Joey Pogo, and they officially break up through text in Xerox of a Xerox.
Mr. Peanutbutter is a male Labrador Retriever. He is five years younger than BoJack, despite looking much younger. He has yellow fur, a brown nose, a slim and muscular build.
According to the model sheets, he is 6 ft tall.
He always wears a grey V-neck t-shirt and aviator sunglasses, usually propped on his head, with light blue pants with white lines going down the sides, orange high-top sneakers, and two wristbands, a brown one and a neon green one, on his left wrist.
In 2007, he wore a blue and red "Swan Dutch" hat, a black t-shirt with a design on the front that included a dog skull over crossbones with the words "Fetch, Sit, Stay" in it, grey-blue acid-washed jeans, olive green sneakers, and three bracelets, a pink, red, and neon green bracelet respectively, on his left wrist.
In the 90s he had a tuft of wavy hair. On Mr. Peanutbutter's House, he wore a dark blue collared button-down shirt with a 90s-esque geometric yellow, purple, and teal pattern on it, light blue jeans, brown belt, and white sneakers with Velcro straps.
Mr. Peanutbutter's demeanor is constantly energetic, nice, cheerful, kind, and playful. In short, he is "a dog seen from the point of view of a cat person." Not only is he constantly positive, but he is also a bonehead who has difficulty understanding metaphors or puns. This causes him to crack jokes that instead of being funny, just make people around him scratch their heads.
He can also be described as a "man-child," as he is BoJack's age but still acts like a twenty-something-year-old party animal.
Despite their rivalry, he cares a great deal about BoJack's opinion and admires him for his work on Horsin' Around. He is always trying to reach out to BoJack and be his friend. BoJack finds this annoying and always shoots Mr. Peanutbutter down, although that never stops Mr. Peanutbutter from trying to befriend BoJack.
A life of success, wealth, and fame meant Mr. Peanutbutter has never faced any real challenges or had to make difficult decisions, leaving him almost completely inept in the real world.
However, he is not as dumb as he might be letting on, as stupidity is part of his persona and a result of his naivety, and he can at times show hidden depth. In Let's Find Out, Mr. Peanutbutter reveals to BoJack he knows he's mean to him and doesn't like him.
He tells BoJack "all I ever wanted was to be your friend, and you treat me like a big joke."
He was also the first person to intervene when BoJack, high on opioids, started strangling Gina to death, saying sternly "Ok that’s enough!" and pulling BoJack off of her with two other crew members when everyone else either did nothing or filmed the incident.
He also dislikes change, as he didn't want Diane to go to Cordovia.
He can be very headstrong and heavily opinionated at times especially in a heated argument to the point of being borderline defensive. Despite Diane constantly voicing her dislike of them, Mr. Peanutbutter constantly tries to impress her with grand gestures because he's scared she'll get bored of him and leave like his previous wives.
There are also traces of nihilism in him, believing "the key to being happy is to just distract yourself with unimportant nonsense until you eventually die."
This may be an explanation to his impulsive behavior, along with his blissful ignorance, which he may use to avoid actually confronting his problems and handling negative situations—or changing as a person to solve them.
An example of the latter trait is in Higher Love when Mr. Peanutbutter assumes if he just walks around Los Angeles a job opportunity will just simply come to him, and cheerfully ignores the fact he and Diane may lose their house as PB Livin' went bankrupt. Diane even outright says this to him, advising him to actually go to auditions, and get a new agent.
Mr. Peanutbutter's biggest flaw seems to be that he does not listen, especially to his wives or whoever he happens to be dating at the time. He doesn't seem to take into mind their individual personalities and needs. This is showcased in Mr. Peanutbutter's Boos, where he didn't listen to Katrina when she begged him to not leave her alone at the party. Also, in After the Party and What Time Is It Right Now, where he upsets and angers Diane by doing grand gestures for her and giving her elaborate gifts which she tells him countless times throughout their relationship she doesn't like. Mr. Peanutbutter finally admits this is true and apologizes to Diane for being dismissive and not really listening to her throughout their relationship in their phone conversation in Angela.
In Mr. Peanutbutter's Boos, he thinks this is why all his relationships fail and why his exes went from fun and happy to bitter and mean—but Diane tells him it's because he dates young women, and they just grow up while he continues to act like a "man-child" who places all the responsibilities, including himself, on them, which tires them and leads them to end their relationship with him.
His high energy, unpredictability, impulsiveness, and inability to actually listen makes him rather exhausting when it comes to relationships. Diane tells him he can either date older women or grow up, both options sir which he isn't too thrilled about.
Mr. Peanutbutter shows the latter problem after he cheats on Pickles by sleeping with Diane—and he asks her to break the news to Pickles, which Diane rightfully refuses to do. Mr. Peanutbutter ends up proposing to Pickles, instead of telling her the truth, setting the cycle of all his failed marriages back in motion.
In Surprise!, after he takes advice from Diane, who was pretending to be his house’s thermostat, Mr. Peanutbutter makes more of an effort to talk less and listen more while trying to reconcile with Pickles. Whenever she said something, Mr. Peanutbutter would stop himself from verbally replying, only responding to what Pickles says by nodding his head, and replied verbally when Pickles wanted an answer from him on how to make things right.
Mr. Peanutbutter was born on the Labrador Peninsula in rural Canada on August 20, 1969. He attended Northwestern University.
He has one brother, Captain Peanutbutter, who is five minutes older.
Due to her old age, Mr. Peanutbutter's mother got sick with Parkinson's. His brother then informed Mr. Peanutbutter that he arranged for her to be sent to a farm in the country in order for her to run around with no internet or telephones. This is the same place his other relatives also went when they got old, including his father later on.
Obviously, his parents actually died, which Mr. Peanutbutter didn't realize until INT. SUB, which devastated him.
He first moved to Los Angeles in the late 80s or early 90s, where he ended up co-piloting the plane that brought him to California, which happened purely because he walked into a room without looking.
He was recruited onto Mr. Peanutbutter's House in 1992 with no previous acting experience, having wowed the show's director David Chase and the audience when he inadvertently barged in on the pilot's live taping. The show's working title was "UntitledHorsin' Around Knockoff," and BoJack Horseman was resentful of the show because he rightly assumed it was a knockoff, and showed annoyance and resentment towards Mr. Peanutbutter.
However, Mr. Peanutbutter would act energetic and cheerful around BoJack, considering him a friend, which just annoys BoJack even more.
Around this time, he was married to a woman named Katrina. She started out as fun and cheerful and they were happily married. On Halloween 1993, Mr. Peanutbutter and Katrina went to BoJack's house for his Halloween party, which BoJack lies about having so he wouldn't have to go to Mr. Peanutbutter's party, but Mr. Peanutbutter ended up bringing his party to BoJack's house.
Mr. Peanutbutter would continue to do this every year—despite BoJack hating the parties, although he would always get extremely drunk by the end and would always tell the leaving guests to do it again next year. Before leaving, Katrina asked Mr. Peanutbutter to not leave her alone during the party, as she didn't know anyone there, and Mr. Peanutbutter agreed.
However, he does leave her alone multiple times to talk to and party with the other guests, with Katrina becoming more upset and angry throughout the night. Although, every time she made this clear to Mr. Peanutbutter he would either acknowledge her feelings but get distracted by an event and leave to join, or try to distract her by having her or suggesting she talk to the other attendants like BoJack.
She ends up being forced to talk politics with Ben Stein and Tim Allen for half an hour, making her even angrier and more bitter towards her situation, but it made her think more about government. When Mr. Peanutbutter is told she had to endear that for half an hour, he cheerfully says "I guess time flies when you’re having fun!," which finally makes Katrina snap and she angrily shouts "I am not having fun!" interrupting the party.
She yells at him for leaving her alone, the one thing she asked him not to do, and how he never listens. Mr. Peanutbutter assures her he'll never leave her alone again, but Katrina storms off saying she wants to be alone now and tells him to have fun with his hippie liberal friends.
She continued to be cruel and cold towards Mr. Peanutbutter for the remainder of their marriage.
Mr. Peanutbutter, with Katrina, attended the 1994 Animal Choice Awards, as he and BoJack were nominated for Male Animal In A Comedy Drama Or Variety Show, although they both lost to veteran talk show host Hank Hippopopalous, Mr. Peanutbutter's childhood idol.
Mr. Peanutbutter got to meet Hank at the after-party, excitedly tells Hank how much of a fan he is and how Hank inspired him as a kid, and he got a picture with him. Mr. Peanutbutter then excused himself as Katrina had her hand down a busboy's pants.
Mr. Peanutbutter and Katrina divorced shortly afterward, with Katrina eventually getting a high-ranking job in the California government.
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Fictional character from BoJack Horseman
Mr. Peanutbutter (born August 20, 1968) is a fictional character from the Netflix animated television series BoJack Horseman. He is a Canadian-American actor and television presenter. He is voiced by Paul F. Tompkins and was created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg.
Mr. Peanutbutter is an energetic and cheerful yellow Labrador Retriever who is BoJack's former sitcom rival; through the course of the series he dates, then, marries, and finally divorces Diane Nguyen. Mr. Peanutbutter was the star of Mr. Peanutbutter's House, which, according to BoJack, "borrowed the premise" from Horsin' Around (It is revealed in the episode "See Mr. Peanutbutter Run" that the working title for Mr. Peanutbutter's House was Untitled Horsin' Around Knockoff.) Mr. Peanutbutter portrays many characteristics of an actual Labrador, including a love for tennis balls, a hatred of the mail man, and suspicion of doorbells and is sweet, loyal, kind, playful, and considerate. His generally upbeat and affable personality is often contrasted with the show's other major characters, particularly BoJack and Diane.
Mr. Peanutbutter grew up in the Labrador Peninsula, which is depicted as being populated entirely by Labrador Retrievers. "Mr." is his actual first name; he has an older brother named Captain Peanutbutter. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Despite their rivalry, Mr. Peanutbutter cares a great deal about BoJack's opinion and admires him for his work on Horsin' Around. He has an especially good relationship with Todd, and his positive attitude and financial resources, combined with Todd's outlandish schemes and plans, often result in the two starting questionable business ventures, such as a Halloween store that is open exclusively in January. He is also friends with a never-seen person named Erica, and frequently leaves conversations with others to catch up with her unusual life.
He briefly stars in a reality show called Peanutbutter and Jelly. Later, he begins hosting his own televised game show, Hollywoo Stars and Celebrities: What Do They Know? Do They Know Things? Let's Find Out!, after his film production company enters bankruptcy due to his and Todd's extensive expenditures on useless products.
In "Hank After Dark", it is revealed that Mr. Peanutbutter was formerly married to a woman named Katrina who was emotionally abusive. His second wife was actress Jessica Biel, who is portrayed as being obsessed with her celebrity status and people recognizing her. In season one, he marries Diane Nguyen, his third wife.
After his divorce with Diane, he dates a pug named Pickles, who is much younger than him but shares a lot of the same characteristics. At the end of the season 5 finale, he proposes to her, though only out of guilt after cheating on her with Diane. In season 6, he reveals his infidelity to Pickles, leading her to sleep with several men in an effort to get back at him. Later on in the season, although Pickles leaves Mr. Peanutbutter for singer Joey Pogo, he becomes content with his circumstances.
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