The Bob’s Burgers Movie
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A week before summer, Bob and Linda Belcher—owners of the titular restaurant, for those who aren’t familiar with the series—attempt to get an extension on their loan. Not only are they declined, but they’re also informed they must come up with the month’s rent within a week or their restaurant will be repossessed by the bank. To make matters worse, a giant sinkhole forms in front of the restaurant, blocking the entrance and keeping customers away. While Bob and Linda try to come up with a plan to save the restaurant, their children set out to solve a mystery of the sinkhole and who might be behind it.
The cast from the series returns to voice their popular characters including H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, and Larry Murphy. Recurring cast members Zach Galifianakis and Kevin Kline are also on board to voice their characters from the show. The film also features cameos from other notable celebrities like Paul Rudd and Jordan Peele.
If you are familiar with the series and the type of humor that’s made it a hit for 12 seasons, you won’t be disappointed in The Bob’s Burgers Movie. As a fan myself, I went in expecting a solid, entertaining film not very different from the TV show and that’s what I got. It feels like an extended episode, super-sized for the big screen. The animation is especially impressive. With a larger budget, the animators were able to upgrade their drawings (in keeping with the show, the style is classic, hand-drawn animation) with enhanced details like lighting and texture.
The voice acting is awesome, as usual, and doesn’t stray too far from the original. Since each of the main characters are lovable and attention-grabbing in their own right, they benefit from an extended platform and more screen time. The voice direction is well executed, as each guest voice actor stays in line with the series regulars. Zach Galifianakis, returning in the role of Felix Fischoeder, brings even more of his characteristic style of humor to the film.
Like the show, there are a few catchy musical numbers sprinkled throughout (though it’s not a full-blown musical). The standout for me was the “Lucky Ducks” number, where each of the “Carnies” at a local carnival (voiced by Paul F. Tompkins and Nick Kroll) sing about their misfortunes and the disadvantages they face. The dancing is pretty cool too, mainly due to the upgraded animation I mentioned before. The characters have a more fluid motion than on the small screen. This is showcased even more during the end credits, so be sure to stick around after the end.
The script is well written, with several interlaced side stories that don’t take away from the main plot. I had fun following Tina (Dan Mintz), Gene (Eugene Mirman), and Louise (Kristen Schaal) during their detective work. They each bring something unique to the adventure. Tina’s constant daydreaming of her crush Jimmy Jr. is still hilarious. Louise as the bossy, problem-solving, self-proclaimed leader (despite being the youngest sibling) shows why she’s become a fan favorite. Gene livens up even the most tense moments with his random antics and running commentary. This crew is just overall enjoyable to watch.
My favorite part of the film involves one of my favorite side characters, Teddy (voiced by Larry Murphy). He continues to be a good-hearted customer and handyman, but his attempts to help the family cause bigger problems. Bob’s constant worrying and oftentimes negative disposition is balanced by his upbeat and positive wife, Linda. This film does what many series-to-film projects fail to do—stay within the confines of the series while improving on it. Bob’s Burgers has been a hit for 12 years, so I say don’t change the recipe, just add a bit more flavor. That’s exactly what this movie does.
The Bob’s Burgers Movie is an entertaining animated comedy made especially for fans of the show. But you can still enjoy it if you’re a newcomer, and it might even inspire you to go back and watch some episodes for more of this family’s crazy antics.
Friends who love the show! It makes you feel like you’re sitting on the couch binge-watching the series.
Bob’s nemesis and rival Jimmy Pesto, owner of Jimmy Pesto’s Pizzeria, appears in the film but does not speak as his voice actor was released from the show following allegations that he participated in the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington, D.C. Additionally, two existing roles that were animated as Black characters have been recast to have Black voice actors (Nicole Byer and Ashley Nicole Black).