THE BOB’S BURGERS MOVIE was almost exactly how I imagined it. Loren Bouchard and Bernard Derriman knew what they were doing in the first full-length Bob’s Burgers feature.
I’m not exactly a fan of other animated adult comedies – most shows in this category tend to mock characters and family members. However, I love the BOB’S BURGERS series because of how wholesome the Belcher family is. It sometimes feels almost like a PBS Kids show in its structure – the kids get into some trouble, usually having to do with growing up but getting through it with the help of their family and friends. The most significant difference is that Linda and Bob aren’t perfect, all-knowing parents and sometimes get shenanigans of their own.
Episodes typically revolve around a specific character, but the film’s length allowed most main characters to have some kind of arc. Stakes were much higher, and there were some intense moments, yet it didn’t seem unreasonable for this universe. Some jokes were funnier than others – I tend not to laugh out loud during movies, but there were a couple of moments that were gold. On the other hand (this following statement may be heresy in the BOB’S BURGERS community), I’m not a fan of the show’s musical moments, and this movie had two or three songs that didn’t sway my opinion.
Overall, THE BOB’S BURGERS MOVIE took advantage of the format with its story and its animation. It was a little jarring to see familiar places, streets, and even characters from camera angles that don’t exist in the show, but overall managed to preserve the bright colors of Ocean Avenue and Wharf. While the movie may or may not convince a person who’s never watched the show to start, it’s an exciting installment for fans of BOB’S BURGERS.
THE BOB’S BURGERS MOVIE is now playing in theaters.
P.S. I watched the movie at AMC Seattle 10, a 21+ theater with a full bar, and that was an excellent decision.