“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
Who would have ever thought that a little ol’ cartoon about a burger flipper and his family could be seen as inspirational? I’m not exactly saying it is but to watch this fictional family find its way as a unit is something to admire. While always maintaining its sense of humor, The Bob’s Burgers Movie manages to keep its characters together focused on a common goal. It’s a pro-family kind of flick and I for one find that commendable.
If you don’t watch the show, do not see this movie. I’m just going to get that out of the way right now. It won’t make sense enough to appreciate the oftentimes dry wit that voice actor H. Jon Benjamin is so proficient at achieving. The comedy of the movie much like the show requires an understanding of the relationships of its characters. The story begins and ends with the understanding that you as the viewer are already familiar with these, dare I say, lovable characters depicting a flawed but somehow still functional family. Bob, Linda, Louise, Tina and Gene are sent on an adventure of absurdity and hilarity that brings the heart and soul of the show while raising the stakes to a level meant only for the silver screen.
Where this differs from The Simpsons Movie is the plot, however chaotic it may be, always feels grounded. If it were an episode it might be an hour special but once it’s over the normal nature of the show could continue afterward. The Simpsons Movie was world altering making the DNA of the show nearly nonexistent as it played out. It was an hour and a half of things the characters wouldn’t normally do but because it’s a movie it’s permitted I guess. I enjoyed The Simpsons Movie but I can’t exactly say it was memorable either. The Bob’s Burgers Movie feels bigger, as it should, but without losing its charm and holding onto what makes the show such a special thing in the first place.
I want to see the characters I’ve come to know and love get into the kind of antics that only they could find themselves in the middle of and only in their weird, off-beat way could they get out of it. The restaurant is in danger of foreclosure and in hopes of saving it they anticipate a big weekend as an event takes place at the nearby Wonder Wharf pier. This in the minds of the Belcher family means Linda dressing up as a sexy cheeseburger, Gene making a never-before-seen instrument, Tina confessing her feelings to her hopeful summer fling and Louise facing her fears hidden by her iconic pink bunny ears. And then there’s Bob trying to simply maintain his sanity in the midst of an impending foreclosure and his nuttier than hell family. Oh and of course none of this would be complete without a mystery for them to solve if they want any chance of saving the restaurant. Like I said, it’s ridiculous but without losing the spirit that has made the television show so endearing to its fans.
I think the best I can say about the Belcher’s biggest adventure yet is that for the fans of the show, you should find plenty to love about it. The characters are as funny as ever and their ingenious wit is on full display every step of the way. The special guest voices are plentiful and as eccentric as you’ve come to expect from this cartoon reality. The Bob’s Burgers Movie is exactly what you’d expect it to be and that is perfectly fine. It never tries to be anything other than what you know and love finding its place on a bigger screen if only for a single (patty) adventure. It left me chuckling throughout and satisfied by the end credits. It is a welcome addition to an already rich world of burger flipping, animal anus, burgers of the day, fart sounds, pink bunny ears and blind optimism.
Rated PG-13 For: rude/suggestive material and language
Runtime: 102 minutes
After Credits Scene: Yes. It’s brief but funny.
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Starring (Voice): H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Dan Mintz, John Roberts, Eugene Mirman
Directed By: Loren Bouchard, Bernard Derriman
Out of 10 Nerdskulls
Story: 8/ Acting: 10/ Directing: 9/ Visuals: 9
OVERALL: 8 Nerdskulls
Buy to Own: Yes.
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