Following in the animated footsteps of “The Simpsons Movie” and “South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut,” the Belchers make the leap this week to the massive display in “The Bob’s Burgers Movie,” a pleasant little romp that ought to enchantment principally to followers of the present, even when hardcore devotees would possibly really feel like there are a couple of 4-5-episode runs of the sequence which are stronger than this movie. On the contemporary aspect of the bun, “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” is briskly plotted and nails the massive coronary heart and fantastic characters of the beloved FOX present. On the stale aspect, it lacks a bit within the ambition division, organizing an attention-grabbing story of assorted problems with doubt throughout the members of the Belcher clan solely to not do a lot with that set-up till a rushed finale. But it surely’s by no means boring, and it’s smarter than most pop culture-obsessed kids’ leisure. Something that brings the enjoyment of loving “Bob’s Burgers” to wider viewers is an effective factor, even when I principally hope this does nicely sufficient to ensure a much bigger and higher sequel.
For those who’re unfamiliar with among the best-animated reveals of the trendy period, “Bob’s Burgers” is the story of the Belcher household, led by burger man Bob Belcher (H. Jon Benjamin). He runs a small restaurant in an unremarkable part of the city that has a funeral house subsequent door and an Italian joint along the road, run by his nemesis. His spouse Linda (John Roberts) is the everlasting optimist to Bob’s worrywart—she even calls his anxious aspect “Droopy Bob” within the film. They’ve three kids: nervous Tina (Dan Mintz), artistic Gene (Eugene Mirman), and rambunctious Louise (Kristen Schaal). Their landlord is the eccentric Calvin Fischoeder (a splendidly playful Kevin Kline) and their finest buyer Teddy (Larry Murphy) has a behavior of stealing episodes between burger bites.
This huge display adaptation hits the bottom working when Bob and Linda discover out they’ve seven days to repay a financial institution mortgage they’ll afford. On an identical day, a large sinkhole opens at the entrance of their restaurant, which you possibly can say negatively impacts the enterprise. In school, Tina obsesses over turning Jimmy Jr. (additionally Benjamin) into her summer season boyfriend; Gene retains attempting to get his band, The Itty Bitty Ditty Committee, off the bottom; and Louise struggles with shallowness when she’s referred to as a child by the older ladies. A lot of the characters are coping with doubt to a point—over the enterprise, over a boy, over the artwork, over maturity. The writers of “Bob’s Burgers” have typically been in a position to thread relatable, emotional points by means of their often-broad, goofy, Broadway musical-inspired scripts in a means that may sneak up on you.
Any “Bob’s Burgers” fan will inform you that unique music is an enormous part of the present and there are some improbable numbers in “The Bob’s Burgers Movie,” even when I might have really achieved with a pair extra. The highlights are the opening quantity that kicks off the story on an ideal observation and a fantastic bit with carnival staff performing some spectacular choreography, however, the music facet will get largely dropped for the reveals of a thriller plot when it seems to be like one of many Fischoeders could have dedicated a homicide.
“The Bob’s Burgers Movie” generally falls again a bit an excessive amount on its whodunit story when it’s actually the characters that individuals have come to see. It’s onerous to imagine given the state of storytelling in trendy huge studio animation, however, there’s extra plot right here than the film wanted, or a minimum of the plot that’s right here by way of the Fischoeder thriller is kinda uninteresting. The movie is at its finest when it’s being a big-hearted haunt film, whether or not it’s about Teddy attempting to get Bob’s burger operation cellular or the outfit Linda comes up with to promote it. Simply watching these enjoyable, well-defined characters bounce off one another for 100 minutes is smile-producing, and so the reliance on a skinny thriller plot feels nearly distracting from the really great things.
Nonetheless, “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” is a tough film to dislike, whether or not you’re a fan of the present or not. In spite of everything, it’s a few households attempting to carry it collectively by means of financial hardship and bodily hazard, who’re reminded that they don’t have to be outlined by their insecurities. Who cannot relate? Bob mustn’t be droopy. Louise could be courageous. Gene can specific himself. Even Tina could make an enormous transfer (for Tina). It’s good to see “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” keep true to its roots while additionally pushing its characters out of their consolation zones ever so barely. It’s nearly inspirational. Effectively, perhaps that’s a stretch, however, you’ll undoubtedly wish to get a burger after.