disclosure: I was provided with a digital copy of 20th Century Studios’ The Bob’s Burgers Movie in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.
Bob’s Burgers fans are in for a treat with the release of The Bob’s Burgers Movie. But is this TV animated sitcom ready for the big time? And is this movie perfect for the whole family? While Bob’s Burgers is something we watch often, I felt as if the trailers were calling out to me – and oddly enough, the need for a burger. So let’s talk about Bob’s move to the big screen, spoiler-free of course!
About The Bob’s Burger Movie
The Bob’s Burgers Movie is an animated musical comedy-mystery-adventure based on the long-running, Emmy® award-winning series. After a ruptured water main creates a sinkhole in front of Bob’s Burgers and blocks the entrance, Bob and Linda Belcher struggle to keep the business afloat, and the kids try to solve a mystery that could save the restaurant.
Did you say musical?
Yes, you read that correctly. The Bob’s Burger Movie is a musical comedy-mystery-adventure. And it actually worked. The music fit the scenes and complemented the movie. Watch Sunny-Side Up Summer from the movie
The Bob’s Burger Movie is not an Oscar winning movie by a long shot. It is not even a movie with a unique storyline or catchy songs you will sing all year long. It’s extremely predictable at every turn, with no special effects or fancy cgi. But what you will find with this movie, is just a fun, easy movie, with a little suspense and music. This is one of those just sit back, relax and be entertained movies.
I was impressed at how relatable Bob’s Burgers actually was. Here we have a family, running a small business and trying to keep it together in a present day economy. The struggles are real and the family togetherness is genuine, sprinkled with teenage angst and childhood peer pressure, almost anyone can relate to this movie. There is an end-credit scene at the VERY end of the credits, so be sure to watch all the way to the end.
The Bob’s Burgers Movie is rated PG-13 for rude and suggestive material and language. I have seen a few episodes of Bob’s Burgers, and this behavior in the movie is not much different from the show. If your family watches the show, the movie is fine. The runtime is 1hr 42 mins.
A good in-home release is only as good as it’s bonus features. While The Bob’s Burgers Movie is a light movie, the bonus features are very strong. Check out all the bonus features offered in this release:
- Audio Commentary: Watch the movie with audio commentary by H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Directors Loren Bouchard and Bernard Derriman, Writer Nora Smith and Production Designer Ruben Hickman.
- Featurette: Making Of the Movie: Bob’s Burgers Creator Loren Bouchard talks about turning Bob’s Burgers the TV show into Bob’s Burgers the show that’s a movie.
- Theatrical Short (Seen Only in Limited Theaters)
- My Butt Has a Fever – Theatrical Version: The Belcher children perform in the school talent show in order to share their very important and powerful message.
- My Butt Has a Fever – Animatic Version: A look Behind-the-scenes, the animatic of the theatrical short My Butt Has a Fever.
- Deleted Scenes
- Metal Detector: Bob and Linda go to City Hall in a version of the movie where they went to City Hall.
- Burning Piers: The turbulent history of Wonder Wharf.
- Grover’s Office: Bob and Linda go to Grover’s office in a version of the movie where they went to Grover’s Office.
- Deleted Scenes with Audio Commentary
- The Movie We Didn’t Make: Creator Loren Bouchard and Writer Nora Smith discuss trying to make a movie, particularly The Bob’s Burger Movie.
- Metal Detector: Bob and Linda go to City Hall, with commentary by Creator Loren Bouchard and Writer Nora Smith.
- Burning Piers: The turbulent history of Wonder Wharf, with commentary by Creator Loren Bouchard and Writer Nora Smith.
- Grover’s Office: Bob and Linda go to Grover’s Office, with commentary by Creator Loren Bouchard and Writer Nora Smith.
- Animation Extras – Animatics
- “Sunny Side Up Summer” Storyboards and Rough Animation: The work-in-progress not-even-color-yet animatic of the song “Sunny Side Up Summer.”
- “Lucky Ducks” Storyboards and Rough Animation: The work-in-progress not-even-color-yet animatic of the song “Lucky Ducks.”
- “Not That Evil” Storyboards and Rough Animation Featuring David Wain: David Wain performs an entire dance routine, with no formal training, to his character Grover’s song “Not That Evil.” Plays alongside the song’s animatic.
- “End Credits” Storyboards and Rough Animation: The work-in-progress animatic of the End Credits, comes with provocative dance moves and unconventional rhythm.
- Animation Extras – Animating the Scene
- Linda Through the Pass-Through with Commentary by Director Bernard Derriman: The progression of a scene from storyboard to animation, with commentary by Director Bernard Derriman, and also Linda is in it.
- Bob And Linda Go to The Bank: A time lapse of the bank scene being animated.
- Bob And Linda Go to The Bank with Commentary by Director Bernard Derriman: A time lapse of the bank scene being animated, with commentary by Director Bernard Derriman.
- Louise Grabs the Fuse: A time lapse of the “Louise Grabs the Fuse” scene being animated.
- Louise Grabs the Fuse with Commentary by Director Bernard Derriman: A time lapse of the “Louise Grabs the Fuse” scene being animated, with commentary by Director Bernard Derriman.
*bonus features vary by product and retailer
The Bob’s Burgers Movie is available on digital, Blu-ray and DVD now. Have you seen this movie yet? tell me what you thought in the comments below.
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