In 20th Century Studios THE BOB’S BURGERS MOVIE, based on the long-running animated TV series, the story begins when a ruptured water main creates an enormous sinkhole right in front of Bob’s Burgers, blocking the entrance indefinitely and ruining the Belcher’s plans for a successful summer. While Bob and Linda struggle to keep the business afloat, the kids try to solve a mystery that could save their family’s restaurant. As the dangers mount, these underdogs help each other find hope and fight to get back behind the counter, where they belong.
Recently, Nightmarish Conjurings took part in the global press conference for the upcoming release of THE BOB’S BURGERS MOVIE. Attending the press conference were H. Jon Benjamin (voice of “Bob Belcher”), John Roberts (voice of “Linda Belcher”), Kristen Schaal (voice of “Louise Belcher”), Dan Mintz (voice of “Tina Belcher”), Eugene Mirman (voice of “Gene Belcher”), Larry Murphy (voice of “Teddy”), Loren Bouchard (Creator/Director/Writer), Bernard Derriman (Director), and Nora Smith (Producer).
With 12 seasons and 226 episodes spanning across 11 years, “Bob’s Burgers” has finally made the big jump to being a feature film. As exciting as it is to see the Belcher Family on the big screen, the question on everyone’s lips was how the beloved series would translate as a film while also maintaining the spirit of the show.
“Well, we knew that we had to try to make our fans happy and make people who are not our fans happy. Like people seeing it for the first time,” explained Nora Smith. “So we were trying to not make it too chock-full of inside references and we wanted people to come at it fresh and still enjoy the characters. And I think we did.”
A staple of the show that translated seamlessly into the film were the musical numbers. Filled to the brim with outrageous and hilarious lyrics, creator/co-director Loren Bouchard explained the importance of the musical numbers and the dances that accompanied them.
“[W]e knew early on with this movie that music was gonna be part of it. We knew it was a big lever we could pull to make it feel big, make it feel like a spectacle. And one of the things we wanted to do in addition to songs was dancing. And these two next to me [Nora Smith and Bernard Derriman] had a very surprising aptitude. Nora would videotape herself dancing in her kitchen and Bernard could take that and draw it so beautifully. And so, all the dancing you see comes from these two right here. No training.”
Now, as the titular character and owner of Bob’s Burgers, one would assume that Bob would be both a good restaurateur and a dynamic burger cook. However, one of those things is not like the other. When discussing if Bob is in fact both a great cook and businessman, H. Jon Benjamin, who voices Bob, stated:
“Loren and I have talked about this over the years. I used to argue to Loren that Bob was not a good cook ‘cause there were no customers. Or very few. Just Teddy. One guy came in, so maybe that’s indicative of a food problem. But Loren always suggested there’s the ‘Burger of the Day,’ there’s these flights of creativity that Bob has and he’s super into his food. And I think over the years, [Loren] might have won the argument. I give it up to [Loren].”
“I like to think that Bob is a great cook, a great artist working in a medium that, maybe, people don’t even understand,” explained Bouchard. “He’s maybe ahead of his time, or perhaps, also, clearly a bad businessman. And yeah, I think we tend to sympathize with that character because who knows how [well] the movie is gonna do.”
“Piggybacking off of that, I think a lot of people in the world, and in the Bob’s Burgers audience are unsung artists that haven’t been discovered yet,” stated Kristen Schaal, who voices 9-year-old Louise Belcher. “[They] are probably making really good burgers…”
“I have to say,” interrupted H. Jon Benjamin, “it’s been pointed out by many chefs, even just to me, how much they like the ‘Burger of the Day’ element. They think that’s the signal that Bob is a good cook.”
If you’re new to the Bob’s Burgers Universe, don’t fret. THE BOB’S BURGERS MOVIE is easily digestible for those who have never seen an episode. Expanding on that, Bouchard stated:
“You do not need to see the series to understand the movie. It is a family that runs a restaurant and the restaurant’s in trouble. You’ll get it all in the first five minutes. We have literally made no homework for you. You are invited to come cold. You don’t need to know a thing.”
As the conference began to wrap up, one question remained. And quite honestly, it could be considered the most important question of all. What would be the ‘Burger of the Day’ when the movie is released on May 27th? Without skipping a beat, H. Jon Benjamin gave us the answer we were all waiting for.
“The Top Gun Burger.”
And there you have it! Make sure to check out the adorkable, funny, and heartwarming BOB’S BURGERS MOVIE when it’s released exclusively in theaters on May 27, 2022.
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