After two seasons, Adult Swim has canceled Lisa Hanawalt’s Tuca & Bertie, a show it resurrected after Netflix initially canceled it back in 2019
Adult Swim swooped in to bring Lisa Hanawalt’s Tuca & Bertie back from the dead following Netflix’s move to cancel the animated series in 2019 after just one season. After spending two seasons on its new network, though, Adult Swim is following in Netflix’s footsteps and pulling the plug on the show about two bird-women trying to make it in the big city.
Hanawalt took to her Twitter account last night to announce Adult Swim’s decision to cancel Tuca & Bertie and thank her fans for their vocal support of the show, which likely played a role in its initial resurrection. Hanawalt said that her time with Adult Swim had been “very creatively fulfilling” and sang the praises of the network’s executives for giving her the time and space to make the show that she and the rest of Tuca & Bertie’s creative team wanted to. In no uncertain terms, Hanawalt also expressed how proud she was of her colleagues and how strongly she believes in unionized workplaces.
“Please watch the end credits and take note of all of these names in the cast and crew,” Hanawalt wrote. “I’m also very glad we were able to be covered by both The Animation Guild and the Writers Guild of America. I hope any show creators who have the leverage to fight for unionizing their productions will continue to do so.”
Despite the abruptness of Tuca & Bertie’s cancellation, Hanawalt says that she still has “a beautiful and weird ending” for the friends’ story in mind that she would very much like to finish at some point, but in the meantime, she intends “to keep telling stories like this, no matter what.”