the bob's burgers movie
starring the voice talent of: h. jon benjamin, kristen schaal, dan mintz, and john roberts
REVIEWER: nick tonkin
The Belchers try to save the restaurant from closing as a sinkhole forms in front of it, while the kids try to solve a mystery that could save their family's restaurant.
The Bob's Burgers Movie is a delightful adaptation of the long running animated show Bob’s Burgers, co-written, produced and co-directed by the creator of the original series Loren Bouchard and featuring the voice cast of the original series. The Bob's Burgers Movie captures wonderfully the humour and quirks of the series, including its penchant for musical numbers and awkwardly titled daily burger specials.
With the business struggling and the bank loan coming due fast, Bob Belcher is at his wit’s end, feeling stressed and like nothing could make worse the situation the Belcher family has found themselves in. Then an absolutely giant sinkhole opens up in the street outside their storefront. With Bob and Linda preoccupied with trying to pull their business back from such a precarious position, the kids set out to solve a mystery they think could be the key to saving the family restaurant.
The Bob's Burgers Movie impressively manages to retain the qualities and humour of the show, while also being an excellent launching point for someone new to the series; which is certainly a notable achievement itself adapting a show on its 13th season.
Movie’s songs are catchy earworms with tunes that will stay with you for ages while also adding a charming, uplifting tone to the movie, despite how they actually explore the thoughts and feelings of the characters, however dark or funny.
It is something of a testament to the quality of the writing and confidence in the material that the established characterisations of the Belcher family from the show didn’t become obstacles to the accessibility of the movie as a whole. The Bob's Burgers Movie does well to avoid both the potential possibility of excluding new audience members from understanding certain jokes or contexts by not assuming expected audience knowledge in its storytelling approach, and also the possibility of alienating returning viewers by overly catering to newcomers; fans will appreciate how the characters they have come to know so well are presented in the movie, with their quirks and hallmarks represented in more than just a manner of throwbacks.
The Bob's Burgers Movie is a charming adaptation of the long running animated series, with great humour and musical numbers that will please returning fans as well as newcomers to the series.