The Bob’s Burgers Movie Offers a Pleasant but Familiar Extension of the Animated TV Show | Film reviews | Spokane | Interior of the Pacific Northwest

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Iit’s hard to find something new to explore in a show that spanned 12 seasons and counts, so Bob’s Burgers movie information never quite transcends its status as an addendum to the series, playing to the beats of well-established characters and cracking jokes. There’s a pleasant familiarity with the film even if you’ve never watched the Fox animated program, and dedicated fans and newcomers alike can have a great time taking in the latest misadventures of the Belcher family. It’s a little more than a 100 minute episode of Bob’s Burgersbut that makes for 100 minutes of goofy, giddy fun.

The basic configuration for Bob’s Burgers is easy to grasp: Bob Belcher (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) is the owner and chef of the titular restaurant, located in a beach town somewhere loosely in the eastern United States. He lives in an apartment above the restaurant with his family: his wife Linda (John Roberts), his son Gene (Eugene Mirman) and his daughters Tina (Dan Mintz) and Louise (Kristen Schaal). That’s really all you need to know to enjoy the film, which finds the Belchers caught up in a murder mystery while working to save their restaurant from bank foreclosure. It sounds like high stakes, but it’s handled with the same laid-back good humor as any of the show’s hundreds of storylines over the years.

Trouble begins when a sinkhole opens up right in front of the restaurant, preventing customers from accessing the entrance at a time when the Belchers have only a week to make an overdue payment on a bank loan. The Belchers hope for a quick resolution to the problem, complicated by the discovery of a skeleton at the bottom of the hole. This leads to a murder investigation pointing directly to the Belchers’ wealthy and eccentric owner, Calvin Fischoeder (Kevin Kline). The Belcher children, who believe Mr. Fischoeder is innocent, call themselves amateur sleuths, while Bob and Linda try to find new ways to attract clients and avoid financial ruin.

This allows the film to alternate between two main plot threads, while the children all have their own subplots as well. Tina works up the courage to ask her longtime crush to be her “summer boyfriend.” Gene tries to draw attention to his latest bizarre musical project. And Louise, the youngest, is determined to prove that she is not a “baby”. These are all straightforward character arcs with satisfying resolutions, though they pick up on familiar themes that have already been explored in many TV episodes. The movie is shaping up as an expansive story, but it will fit perfectly between seasons of the show without changing anything.

There’s an upgrade to the visual style, with more dimensions to the animation while keeping the overall look the same, and that helps set the film apart. Series creator Loren Bouchard, who is co-writing the film with Nora Smith and co-directing it with Bernard Derriman, also adds a few musical numbers, but not enough to qualify the film as a full-fledged musical. These voice actors aren’t singers, but there’s charm in the way they engage with the songs, and it would have been appealing to see the film fully adopt the musical format, as Bouchard did with his series. Underrated Apple TV+. central park.

Anyone involved in creating Bob’s Burgers movie information is a seasoned professional, so the experience is never less than entertaining, even if it doesn’t leave a lasting impression. The main takeaway is an interest in watching more Bob’s Burgers, whether for the first time or the hundredth. It’s a testament to the energy and affection that remains in the concept, both for the film and for future TV seasons. ♦

Two and a half stars Bob’s Burgers movie information

Rated PG-13

Directed by Loren Bouchard and Bernard Derriman

With H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz

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