The Bob’s Burgers movie is now on the big screen and it’s an animated delight. It’s that rare cinematic cartoon adaptation that manages to deliver a ton of Easter eggs to satisfy die-hard fans, while being accessible to everyone else.
That’s no small feat, considering the show is now in its 12th season, some 200 episodes and over 10 years have passed since its debut.
“I think there’s a very low barrier to entry in terms of understanding the movie,” Dan Mintz, who voices Tina at ShortList, said when we caught up with him.
“If you don’t know what a restaurant is, you might find it a bit hard to follow, but that’s it. Then the cool thing is, if you’ve never seen it before, now you have about 1000 episodes to go home and watch when you’re done.”
He’s right, but before we do that, here are the cast and crew of Bob’s Burgers explaining everything about the movie…
There’s a very good reason we’re getting a Bob’s Burgers movie now
Loren Bouchardcreator of Bob’s Burgers: “The first people who asked us to make a film were the fans, and it was quite early. We got pretty shy around that because we could barely figure out how to do the show and you want us to do a movie. So we avoided answering this question for several seasons.
“But then when the studio asked us to do one, it was a bit later in the game, and we had done some work on our own. We had figured out how to make the show big when we wanted to “It feels great. We” I did a couple of two-parter episodes and a Christmas special. We really started having bigger shoulders in our musical arrangements and making them look big. So we decided we had these tools and were ready to have fun with them. ”
The animation cutscene was key – and Ireland helped make it happen
Bernard Derrimananimator and director of the film The Bob’s Burger: “One of the things that worried me so much in the beginning was how to get this quality animation and you know, on the production side they found big studios, a lion’s share of the animation was done at Lighthouse Studios in Kilkenny in Ireland and they are just really talented entertainers. It was great for Loren [Bouchard] and me to see this animation come back.
“On the show, we have studios in South Korea and they just put out, you know, 22 episodes a year. It’s a huge volume of animation, so you don’t have the opportunity to really go in and finesse as much as we’d like and that was the beauty of this movie.”
Making the film accessible to non-fans was essential
Nora Smithshowrunner and screenwriter of The Bob’s Burgers movie: “We definitely had that in mind all the time. We love and appreciate our fans a lot and maybe we love them too much and we want them to love us a lot. So we wanted to make them happy because they deserve it. really.. have worked and they have been there for us.
“But we also knew we wanted to bring in people who could just say, ‘Oh, it’s just a movie, I don’t feel like I’m watching a TV show.’
“I feel like it’s a full-fledged movie with great action pieces and music and this great mystery story that we never thought we’d be able to tell on the show because it seemed too big. So we just tried to make a movie we wanted to see.|
Having The Bob’s Burgers Movie as a Murder Mystery Comedy Was Always the Plan
Loren Bouchard: “We knew it would take us in the right direction. We also knew it couldn’t just be that, you know, we didn’t want to do a genre film. We wanted to borrow from a few genres that were going to give us scale what we were looking for.
“So the other thing that we had to do, even if we had music, even if we had a mystery, is we had to serve these characters and really give them our attention and make sure it wasn’t not just a grand chase disguised as a movie These movies can be fun, but it’s so much more satisfying when it’s really about something inside the character and in our case inside all the characters.
“So we gave them each their little crisis that they were going to have to solve, even if it takes you back to where you started it and even if we’re going to continue doing the TV show, we wanted you to feel like if these characters had changed forever.”
Bob Belcher’s Voice Didn’t Expect A Movie To Be Made
H. Jon Benjaminvoice of Bob Belcher: “I certainly didn’t expect that. When you’re involved with a TV show, you kind of work on the assumption that you might not even get another season.
“But when you started to see the show build an audience and get more and more fans. I think people started asking when we were going to make a movie. For us in the cast, though, we’re up to it. of the people who do the heavy lifting, meaning the writing and the production teams. It’s a big responsibility to make a movie, so I’m just glad they found the time to do it.
Bob’s Burgers musical moments have improved dramatically over the years
larry murphyvoice of Linda Belcher: “The music really advanced. In the first two seasons we were improvising and it was a little more ‘rinky dink’ but it became really big and, you know, we have these amazing musical teams and writers and that’ so was a joy to push and see if Linda can really sing – trying to make it more Broadway-like and big and sound good and professional.
“The first season was like ‘diarrhea, diarrhea, in the gutter with a piece of bread’ and now, like season 12, it was like a full orchestration.
“I love this challenge and being able to, you know, sing all these fun songs. Because we’ve had so much success with the albums on Sub Pop and people really love the musical side of the show. I love it too . I make music too, so that’s a no-brainer for me.”
Tina and Jean Belcher have changed characters
Dan Mintz, the voice of Tina Belcher: “Tina, has definitely evolved as a character. I think she fully formed after a season or two.
“At first she seemed a lot more monotonous, not really having any emotion and just being a person who said weird things. Then they started giving him real personality levels, which was very rewarding as a voice actor.”
Eugene Mirmanthe voice of Jean Belcher: “Jean became a bit more exuberant. Over time he became more enthusiastic and liked what he liked and was a bit passionate and strange – he had his quirks. Every season the year repeats itself, but the character information kind of stays that way, you learn more and more and they just become richer characters with the amount of information you can have about them.”
The Bob’s Burgers movie is now out in theaters.