When I think of Bob’s Burgersthe hit animated sitcom airing on Fox that just wrapped up its twelfth season, the show I most compare it to is the “golden era” series from The simpsons. Despite the wild antics and irreverent jokes of those first ten or so seasons, what was the emotional anchor was the real Simpson family and how they always showed up to each other as proof of their deep family love. Something has been lost in more recent seasons of The simpsons through this essential sweetness that has always been at the heart of the show.
The same cannot be said of Bob’s Burgers. The show focuses on the Belcher family, owners of the titular restaurant. The Bob family patriarch (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) is a hardworking, blue-collar burger chef who enjoys creating unusual “burgers of the day” (e.g., the “I Know Why Cajun Burger Sings” and the ” Bohemian Radishy Burger”) and constantly fights to keep his restaurant afloat and his family in check. His wife Linda (voiced by John Roberts) is a somewhat silly, but enthusiastic and very loving wife and mother who loves to sing and can be described as a “wine mom”.
The eldest child, Tina (voiced by Dan Mintz) is a socially awkward teenager who loves horses, has crushes on boys, including Bob’s business competitor’s son, and writes “erotic friend fiction” as an outlet for his burgeoning sexuality. Middle child Gene (voiced by Eugene Mirman) is a performative preteen who enjoys recording the sounds of his own farts, putting on shows, including a combination of A hard worker and die hard called “Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl” and playing characters, including a promotional mascot for the restaurant named Beefsquatch. The youngest member of the family is Louise (voiced by Kristen Schaal), the sly schemer of the group. Louise is always the one who gets her and her older siblings in trouble or defies authority, including that of their school guidance counselor, Mr. Frond (voiced by David Herman from office space celebrity). She is always seen wearing a pair of pink bunny ears.
Just like what made those early seasons of The simpsons work, it’s the focus on family that I think makes Bob’s Burgers stand out from the much more cynical dynamics of shows like family guy and South Park. On Bob’s BurgersBob and Linda encourage and support their children in situations that would likely elicit a “shut up, Meg” from the parents. family guy, for example. A little like The simpsons before that, Bob’s Burgers features a wonderful cast of eclectic characters, including frequent diner and family friend Teddy (voiced by Larry Murphy), a goofy but sincere handyman who proves very loyal to the Belchers; the eccentric Belchers owner Mr. Fischoeder (voiced by Kevin Kline) and his brother Felix (voiced by Zach Galifianakis); Gayle, Linda’s crazy sister (voiced by Megan Mullally); and jealous health inspector Hugo (voiced by Sam Seder), who is Linda’s former fiancé.
It was easy to get addicted to the series at the start of the seasons, especially when most of the series aired on Netflix. The show had an easy wit and accessibility that I found incredibly endearing and helped elevate it to cult status. In the show’s twelve seasons so far, there have been episodes as notable as Tina convincing the family to go to “Equestra Con,” clearly modeled after the “brony” culture that emerged around of My little Pony, as well as one where Bob and Louise try to reunite the father-daughter stars of their favorite samurai movie series from Japan. A personal favorite episode is “OT: The Outside Toilet”, a take off on HEY where Gene discovers and befriends a high-end, high-tech talking toilet voiced by Jon Hamm.
In another resemblance to The simpsons, Bob’s Burgers also recently made the leap to the big screen, and I can say the result is as entertaining and funny as it is sweet. Bob’s Burgers movie information tells the story of a huge sinkhole that develops in front of the restaurant, preventing customers from entering right in because a loan the family took out is due. However, in an attempt to prove to herself and others how brave she is, Louise has descended into the chasm where she and her siblings stumble upon a years-old mystery to which the chasm may well hold the answer. and that may well save the current restaurant.
Bob’s Burgers movie information it feels like it has the appropriate heavier stakes for a theatrical outing like this. The animation is cleaner, crisper, and generally looks better than what you’re likely to see in a typical episode. And while admittedly one of my least favorite aspects of the show are the musical renditions or the occasional musical episodes aired, I thought the few songs in the film were relatively well done.
The film captures the joy, family camaraderie, and most notably, the caustic humor of the series. Despite the number of times I squealed at the movie’s jokes, I even found myself holding back tears when the origins of Louise’s pink bunny ears were revealed. This is absolutely a win-win episode for die-hard fans of the show like myself, but I think it would also serve as an introduction for newcomers or anyone who might have seen an episode or two in passing.
With Bob’s Burgers movie informationthe show enters the rarefied air that only a few other anime series have achieved, among which Transformers, Beavis and Butthead, South Park, Rugratsand yes, The simpsons: to have a successful theatrical film while the series is still in progress. Hopefully this will serve as proof of the series’ inherent strengths and proof that the series still has more than enough to offer more than a decade after its existence.
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