A happy meal of a TV-to-movie conversion that has In-n-Out laughs.
“Bob’s Burgers” is the latest adult animated series to make it on the silver screen after “Beavis & Butthead,” “South Park,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” and “The Simpsons.” “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” has a lot of big laughs, grilled to near perfection, and it never seems labored or forced in its TV-to-movie conversion. I know this sounds wrong, but “South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut” and “Beavis & Butthead Do America” are both how I got into their shows, but I was still able to give myself a head start by binge watching “Bob’s Burgers,” so I would know what I’m getting myself into.
I’m easily entertained by how the Belcher family goes about their everyday lives-how they struggle to have a successful burger joint, named “Bob’s Burgers,” and how they struggle to pay their monthly rent. Even if you haven’t seen a “Bob’s Burgers” episode, or you’re just about to enter its universe, you’re able to sit and enjoy the mannerisms and absurdist humor in the movie.
Like “South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut,” “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” is a musical with a few songs. The lyrics aren’t up to those lively or memorable standards (or maybe they will be if I see it again), but the animation is able to morph within the transition, making the characters more flexible and rubbery.
Like “The Simpsons Movie,” it feels like an extended episode, but also deals with a dastardly plot, which the family must prevent from happening. The plot involves a sinkhole, which threatens the restaurant’s business, a would-be love story that can’t decide between a reality and a fantasy, a lesson about bravery, a murder which sets things in motion, and a conspiracy within it.
Like “Beavis & Butthead Do America,” it doesn’t promote the big A-list names to grab fans in. It promotes the family doing their routine comedy without digging in to the “we’re in a movie” formulas. The show’s creator Loren Bouchard knows how to expand the show into a movie, and he does it with a sassy and goofy attitude.
The voice actors of the show consist of H. Jon Benjamin as the stressed-out Bob, John Roberts as his happy-go-lucky wife Linda, Kristen Schaal as their bunny ears hat-wearing daughter Louise, Dan Mintz as their love-struck daughter Tina, Eugene Mirman as their energetic son Gene, and Larry Murphy as Bob’s best friend and handyman Teddy. Guest and recurring roles come in like Kevin Kline as their landlord Mr. Fischoeder, Zach Galifianakis as his brother Felix, David Herman as the principal Mr. Frond, Gary Cole as the Sgt. Bosco, Stephanie Beatriz as Louise’s classmate Chloe, Paul Rudd as a fantasy horse, Jenny Slate as the blonde Tammy, and Nick Kroll as a creepy carny.
As you know, I’m a film critic who appreciates the little things in life. I acknowledge the fact that In-N-Out Burger can’t have the kind of commercialism that McDonalds has, but I still think that fast food joint is much better than than the one everyone knows. I was there in Colorado Springs last month, and I was in Heaven. The reason I would bring this up is because whether you’re watching the show or movie, you support the family and their dreams of making “Bob’s Burgers” a successful business.
To close out my tab, the story isn’t original, but there are a lot of big laughs, a lot of flexibility, and voice actors who take no prisoners in making you laugh. My brother-in-law loves the show, and I have a hunch he’ll enjoy the movie, too. Maybe not as much as the show, but he’ll probably get a kick out of it.