This animated, big-screen, musical comedy-mystery-adventure is based on the long running Emmy®-winning series. The story begins when a ruptured water main creates an enormous sinkhole right in front of Bob’s Burgers, blocking the entrance indefinitely and ruining the Belchers’ plans for a successful summer. While Bob and Linda struggle to keep the business afloat, the kids try to solve a mystery that could save their family’s restaurant. As the dangers mount, these underdogs help each other find hope and fight to get back behind the counter, where they belong.
What We Thought:
I watch Bob’s Burgers when it airs on Fox. I also watch reruns of Bob’s Burgers on FXX. I own a Bob’s Burgers t-shirt. So basically what I’m saying is The Bob’s Burgers Movie is made for me. Sure it feels like a feature-length version of an episode, but I’m ok with that. I laughed. I had a good time. I’d watch it again.
The movie doesn’t stray too much from a regular episode of the series. It has the Belcher children (Tina, Louise, Gene) off on their own adventure with parents Bob and Linda in their own side story (along with beloved customer Teddy of course). The third act is the culmination of both storylines combining the mystery the kids are trying to solve with Bob and Linda trying to sell enough burgers to pay the bank. If you watch the show you know the kids usually have their story with Bob and Linda (and usually Teddy) having a separate storyline of their own.
It has all the side characters you expect, Jimmy Junior, Sgt. Bosco, Mr. Fischoeder and more, plus a bunch of carnies that I hope find their way into the TV series. What it adds is more music. The show is known for songs (especially from Gene), but the film has musical numbers that are quite catchy.
Like most films of the past year it saw huge delays because of Covid. I’m curious to see if anything has been edited from the film during those delays. I know the actor who voices Jimmy Pesto on the series has been fired for political reasons and I wonder if his character had a bigger role or even appeared in previous versions of the film.
Do you need to be a fan of the series to follow along with The Bob’s Burgers Movie? No, it’s easy enough to follow along, but I definitely think the majority of the audience who sees the film will be fans. Knowing the characters, their quirks and the style of the storytelling will definitely be an advantage over someone who goes in blind. Tina dreams of horses and boys. Gene plays his music. Louise wears her ears. If you understand what I’m talking about and like the show then the movie is…