Whether you’re a long-time fan of the Bob’s Burgers television series or if this is your first time watching you’re going to get a big laugh from this film! 20th Century Studios has brought our favorite goofy family to the big screen in “The Bob’s Burgers Movie.” The film is an animated big-screen musical comedy-mystery-adventure based on the long-running Emmy®-winning television series.
What you need to know before watching this film
What do you need to know before watching this film? Nothing. The film does a great job of setting up the characters and storylines from the television series in a way that new audiences will easily understand. And luckily at the same time, it doesn’t over-explain anything in a way that may feel repetitive to veteran fans.
But if you’re still looking for some context here it is. “Bob’s Burgers” is an animated comedy that debuted on FOX in January of 2011. The show has aired for 12 seasons and has grown a huge fan following. It is a sweet and hilarious show with a wonderfully awkward family, The Belchers, at the center of it. The series takes place in an unnamed beach town (possible on the east coast based on accents) and follows the awkward and relatable Belcher. The family perseveres through struggles ranging from the most ordinary of situations to the most unbelievable.
Bob is the always stressed out and loveable owner of a local burger spot, that he runs alongside his upbeat and optimistic wife Linda. Their three children, Tina, Gene, and Louise are always around to “help” out or add hilarious commentary to any situation. And when they aren’t teasing their parents they are out with friends from school or out on their own adventures.
What to expect from “The Bob’s Burgers Movie”
Series creator Loren Bouchard, working with screenwriting and producing partner Nora Smith, as well as director Bernard Derriman, were responsible for bringing us “The Bob’s Burgers Movie”. The story begins during an ordinary summer day. However, when a ruptured water main creates an enormous sinkhole right in front of Bob’s Burgers, blocking the entrance indefinitely it ruins the Belchers’ plans for a successful summer. This causes Bob and Linda a lot of financial stress as they struggle to keep
their business afloat and their bills paid. In an attempt to save the family business the kids try to solve a mystery that can help the family from more struggles.
Much like the television series, the movie is absolutely heartwarming. The film elevates the franchise with this new adventure. But it manages to hold on to the simple and ordinary things that make this show so relatable and beloved. One of those ordinary things is the fact that they stuck to a 2D animation format and were not tempted by the 3D formats. Directors Loren Bouchard & Bernard Derriman were only interested in making a traditional 2D animated film that had the same aesthetic as their series. And I think that really pays off for fans of the series, but I think that new fans will also enjoy it. There is something whimsical, simple, and fun about 2D animation.
It gives us more of everything we already love about the series. Being familiar with the series and knowing that the creative team behind the film was the same as the team for the series I wasn’t surprised by the fact that the film was great. I was however surprised at how wonderfully they were able to pull off a musical-murder mystery. Although always hilarious, there were times during the film when I was actually stressed about what would happen to our beloved characters. They pulled off going from drama and mystery to quirky and funny very effortlessly.
The film brings back series regulars as the voice talent including H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, Larry Murphy, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, with Zach Galifianakis and Kevin Kline. One of the things that makes this film special is being able to experience it with the original cast. That isn’t always the case with television to film adaptations.
“The Bob’s Burgers Movie” is hilarious, heartfelt, and a great time at the movies.
The animation looks great, and the writing and the voice acting were on point. And I even enjoyed the goofy and corny musical numbers. It was all in line with the things we love about Bob’s Burgers. “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” is hilarious, heartfelt, and a great time at the movies. I have no doubt that the film will bring a slew of new fans to the franchise.
“The Bob’s Burgers Movie” arrives in theaters on May 27, 2022.