In animated film, The Bob’s Burgers Movie (a spin-off of the Bob’s Burgers TV show), the Belcher family find themselves in a financial pickle, when Bob and his wife Linda are turned down for an extension on their bank loan. Given just one week to complete their regular monthly payment, Bob and Linda face an uncertain future, and the potential closure of their business.
With their stress levels already high, things go from bad to worse when a water main bursts in front of their restaurant, creating a huge sinkhole which blocks access to the building. And then, if that wasn’t bad enough, a human skeleton is discovered inside of the sinkhole, which may have a connection to the Belcher’s landlord.
With no customers coming through the front door, the surrounding area declared a crime scene, and only days to go until the bank is due to be paid, the family need to find a way to keep the till ringing. For Bob and Linda it means taking the restaurant on the road via a makeshift burger cart, while for the Belcher kids it is time to get to the bottom of the crime scene to find out more about the skeleton.
Directed by Loren Bouchard and Bernard Derriman, The Bob’s Burgers Movie is a musical, mystery comedy, featuring the voice talents of H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, and Kristen Schaal. The film was released theatrically back in May, but from today The Bob’s Burgers Movie is available to stream on Disney+.
If you’re a fan of the Bob’s Burgers television show, and you didn’t make it to the cinema earlier this year to watch the movie, then you will want to head to Disney+ to check it out. The Bob’s Burgers Movie is a fun, humorous, and enjoyable romp, that recaptures the tone and feel of the show, while offering a feature-length story filled with mystery and the occasional bit of music.
The central premise about the bank loan, the sink hole, and the skeleton, provides the film with an interesting narrative, to ensure the movie has enough story to keep things going, while the rest of the film is loaded with enough gags (both audio and visual) to make things fun. I expect anyone already well-versed in Bob’s Burgers lore will find much to enjoy here, and will revel in the opportunity to see the show given the big screen treatment.
But it’s not just long-term fans that can dip into this film and come out the other end entertained; I believe The Bob’s Burgers Movie offers enough amusement for newbies too. So, if you know next-to-nothing about the Belcher clan, don’t let this stop you from trying out the movie.
As someone who has only seen a handful of episodes of the television show, and is far from a Bob’s Burgers aficionado, I found the film to contain enough wit and charm to win me over. Perhaps not quite enough to transform me into a Bob’s Burgers super-fan, or to set me off on a binge-watch of the entire series, but enough to hold my attention and provide me with some solid entertainment along the way.
I laughed multiple times, I found the animation to be delightful, and the story offered a good mix of action and drama. The film also included plenty of heart, with a focus on the family unit, and this is something which elevated the story in all the right places.
I might not share an ongoing connection with the Belchers, but the movie found a way to make me care about the characters. A touching moment toward the end of the film highlighted the bond between the family, and offered an insight into a piece of headwear I never knew was so important.
If you’re looking for something to watch over the summer that won’t tax your brain, but will give it a little tickle here and there, then The Bob’s Burgers Movie is likely to be for you. The film is a colourful, treat of a picture, with its head and heart in the right place.
The film is likely to appeal more to existing fans over anyone else, but as previously stated, don’t let this put you off from trying it out. The Bob’s Burgers Movie has enough ingredients to cater for all tastes, so sit down, and tuck in.