BoJack Horseman: The Art Before the Horse



ISBN: 9781419727733 Category:

Chris McDonnell


Netflix’s BoJack Horseman has quickly become one of the most critically acclaimed animated comedy series in recent memory. Set in an off-kilter, cynically spun rendering of modern-day Hollywood, the show follows washed-up horse actor BoJack Horseman (voiced by Will Arnett) as he attempts to turn his life around. BoJack Horseman: The Art Before the Horse is the official behind-the-scenes companion to this cult-hit series. Part oral history sourced from original interviews with the show’s cast and crew, part art book – including sketches, storyboards, and background art – this book will trace the series from conception to post-production. Beginning with the initial development of creator/ showrunner Raphael Bob-Waksberg and production designer Lisa Hanawalt’s inimitable aesthetic vision, The Art Before the Horse goes on to reveal all of the moving parts – direction, writing, casting, animation, and music – that come together to form this uniquely bleak, emotionally potent, very funny show.

Additional information

Weight 1556 g
Dimensions 31.2 x 25.8 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 1 June 2018
Number of pages 240
Format Hardback
Contributors Foreword by Lisa Hanawalt, Introduction by Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Dimensions 31.2 x 25.8 cm
Weight 1556 g


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Chris McDonnell has designed books on Ralph Bakshi, Bill Plympton, the Joker, Wonder Woman, and more. McDonnell served as author and designer for Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo and Steven Universe: Art & Origins. He lives in Philadelphia.

Lisa Hanawalt is an artist in Los Angeles. She is also the author of My Dirty Dumb Eyes, Hot Dog Taste Test, and Coyote Doggirl.

Raphael Bob-Waksberg is the creator and executive producer of BoJack Horseman. For more information on BoJack Horseman or Raphael Bob-Waksberg, please buy this book.