Bob’s Burges might not be the flashiest animated sitcom; it’s relatively low-key, but it’s one of the funniest. Over the course of its 12 seasons (a 13th is on the way), it has also become one of the most popular. Puns and in-store gags are standard, but the real meat, pun intended, is the relatable family dynamic at the core of the show: burger-flipping dad Bob Belcher (H. Jon Benjamin), endlessly enthusiastic wife Linda (John Roberts), and her three It is a pleasure to spend half an hour with children every week.
With that in mind, the show’s understated charm could easily be stretched too thin for a full-length episode. Luckily, Loren Bouchard — co-creator and co-director — resists the urge to do anything too outlandish here and keeps the show’s core values intact. This isn’t Bob’s Burgers in Space or Bob’s Burgers: A Jungle Adventure.
Instead, the film begins with Bob and Linda being denied a loan extension, giving them just seven days to make their next repayment. Things go from bad to terrible when a giant sinkhole opens in front of their restaurant. How do they sell burgers when customers can’t even get in?
When a skeleton is found in the sinkhole, her unsuspecting landlord, Calvin (Kevin Kline), becomes the prime suspect. The film then morphs into a tongue-in-cheek crime thriller centered around the amusement park he runs with his pretentious sibling, Felix (Zach Galifianakis). Without spoiling spoilers, let’s assume the park has some pretty exciting revelations.
There are a few more musical numbers than usual along the way, but they’re filled with witty puns so they don’t feel like filler. Some of the film’s subplots aren’t executed quite as well. Belcher’s son Gene (Eugene Mirman) is underused, and sister Tina (Dan Mintz) gets a romantic storyline that’s forgotten for most of the film. It’s a lot more fun to follow youngest sister Louise (Kristen Schaal) as she struggles to prove herself after a classmate calls her a baby.
Overall, the film doesn’t feel cinematic, but it probably doesn’t need to be; It might be best to stream on Disney+ at home. If you’re looking for something with stunning visuals and epic grandeur, this probably isn’t for you. The movie Bob’s Burgers does well enough to meet its 102-minute running time and manages to top the show’s appealing recipe without watering down its flavor. A meaty treat that fans and newcomers alike can devour with relish.
The Bob’s Burgers Movie is available to stream now on Disney+