Ever scroll through Netflix and think, “Wow, there aren’t enough animated shows involving hilarious female birds on this streaming platform”? Well, same, but don’t worry—that’s all about to change this May when Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong save the day with their new cartoon, Tuca & Birdie.
In the animated series, the two comedians voice 30-something birds who are neighbors in the same apartment building. According to a release from Netflix, Haddish’s character Tuca is a “cocky, carefree toucan,” and Wong plays Bertie, an “anxious, daydreaming songbird.” The series follows their friendship and looks equal parts endearing and funny AF in the first-look footage Netflix released on March 14th. And according to Haddish, working on Tuca & Bertie was a dream come true.
Yes, her character is a bird and she has a booty. Haddish wouldn’t lie!
Haddish and Wong couldn’t be more perfect for these roles—and not just because they’re both gifts to humanity.
“In a lot of ways, it kind of does mirror us because Tiffany’s, like, out there and about and she’s fun and is not repressed, and I’m kind of a recluse and I’m a homebody,” Wong said in the teaser video. “I’m like the homebody person who is at home with my husband and my kids.”
You don’t have to be a bird to relate to these characters. For instance, there’s a scene where Tuca jumps up on a boardroom table, squawking loudly, and says, “This is the alarm that sounds when no women have spoken for three minutes.” Who among us hasn’t wished to make a similar statement during a work meeting? Frankly, Tuca & Birdie might just be the cartoon bird version of Broad City we didn’t know we needed.
The new series comes from cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt, a producer on our other fave anthropomorphic animated dark comedy, Bojack Horseman. Tuca & Bertie hits Netflix May 3rd, so we don’t have to wait long to see Wong and Haddish in action.