Bob's Burgers Movie: Review
The Bob’s Burgers Movie Synopsis: 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.
Bob, Linda, Tina, Gene and Louise Blecher take their affably sophomoric hijinks to the big screen in The Bob’s Burgers Movie. I’ve only seen a few episodes of Fox’s long-running comedy series, but I always enjoyed the series’ dedication to goofy gags catered for all ages. Now taking center stage on the big screen, The Bob’s Burgers Movie thankfully continues the show’s goofy charms while appealing to a new audience of potential fans.
Writer/director Loren Bouchard (who co-directed with Bernard Derriman and co-wrote with Nora Smith) finds a strong balance between the series’ low-key appeals and an infusion of new content tailor-made for feature films. A few playful music numbers, an engaging yet fittingly goofy plotline, and a sharper animation style help sell the movie as more than an overextended television series episode.
Still, the series’ core appeals remain intact. H. John Benjamin, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, Dan Mintz, and Eugene Mirman display a dynamic rapport as the oddball Belcher clan. So much of the amusement from Bob’s Burgers, both on TV and on the big screen, comes from their effortless riffing off one another as they stumble through awkward situations. Under all the pratfalls, the Belchers remain an infectious everyman family to follow (the ending gets surprisingly heartfelt in its tugs at the heartstrings).
For series diehards and newcomers alike, The Bob’s Burgers Movie serves up a satisfying big-screen adaptation.