After looking at murder hornets earlier this year, Big Mouth Season 4 introduces perhaps an even more frightening insect: Tito the Anxiety Mosquito, voiced by comedian Maria Bamford. While Nick (Nick Kroll), Andrew (John Mulaney), Jessi (Jessi Klein), Jay (Jason Mantzoukas) and Missy (Jenny Slate) are in summer camp before the start of eighth grade, the mosquito comes to seize their respective vulnerabilities and mental health.
Bamford, who appeared in acting roles in Arrested Development and Fresh off the Boat, as well as speaking in BoJack Horseman and Cartoon Networks Adventure Time, is no stranger to the subject. Her stand-up routines (including two Netflix specials) are full of self-deprecating jokes about her anxiety, depression, and experiences with a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder known as “unwanted thought syndrome.” On stage she even plays a number called “My Anxiety Song” sometimes.
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Luckily for the Big Mouth teens, they will have help countering the fear their character instills in the Netflix animated series. As the season progresses, fans will encounter Zach Galifianakis’ Gratitoad, who helps the group deal with their fears rather than letting them fully own.