The Bob’s Burgers Movie is an entertaining PG-13 watch that will certainly please longtime fans of the animated sitcom. As someone who enjoys the television series myself, I knew I wanted to give this full length movie a watch sometime. Friendly reminder that you can now stream this movie on Disney+ in Canada! If you’ve never seen the show, I’d say Bob’s Burgers (2011) has a distinct humour and art style that may not be for everyone. But if you like puns and subtle absurdist comedy, you should give this movie a shot as it’ll definitely give you a taste of what the show has to offer. Anyway, let’s talk more about the movie!
The show is known for its wacky stories, and if I had to describe it, I would say this movie kind of felt like one very long episode. I’m not sure if I would call the plot “movie-esque” because it felt like a standard Bob’s Burgers (2011) episode, but it was still an enjoyable experience. It had all the familiar charm of the show with the added mystery of an unsolved murder crime. The movie is very lighthearted though, so if you’re thinking, “wow, that’s dark for a Bob’s Burgers movie,” don’t worry, it really isn’t. The story was pretty predictable and the plot twist wasn’t spectacular by any means, but let’s be honest, you’re not paying $15 at the movie theatre for the plot of a Bob’s Burgers movie, you’re here for the characters and to support the show.
And you definitely won’t be disappointed if you’re just here for the characters because it’s the same lovable family with that quirky yet perfect dynamic. While the movie mostly follows the main plot of solving the murder of Cotton Candy Dan, each character does get their own personal side story. I thought these were fun little additions to the film because it really brought out each of the character’s personalities.
The most surprising aspect of this movie was definitely the amount of musical numbers. I had no idea there was even going to be music in it! I’d argue there’s enough for The Bob’s Burgers Movie to be categorized as a musical even. I personally really enjoyed all the songs and thought they were done really well. They were funny with the right touch of adorableness. Could I have done without them? Probably, but I’m also the type of person to love a good musical, so I say, bring on the tunes!
The highlight for me was definitely just getting to see the animators and filmmakers work on such a bigger scale than the show. In certain scenes, I could see a lot more detail, like shading and texture, done to the animation of the characters and the scenery. There were even some really awesome 3D looking perspective shots that stood out to me. I’m just happy that the show had the opportunity to create a movie, that it was well received, and that it did quite well in the box office.
All in all, I was very satisfied when I reached the end of this movie. It has all the heart and comedy that I loved from the television series, and there’s a bunch of references that only fans will be able to catch. While it wasn’t anything really new or unexpected, the plot still serviced the characters well. Because of its charm and the love I already have for the show, I’m going to give The Bob’s Burgers Movie a 7/10. For fans like me, this is definitely a must watch, but for those who have never seen the show, it’ll be up to you if this type of animation catches your eye.