Bob’s Burgers Movie Cast and Crew Interview

Tina, Louise, and Gene Belcher stare into a ticket window.

Tina, Louise, and Gene Belcher in The Bob’s Burgers Film.
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First introduced again in 2017, then delayed and delayed once more because of the pandemic, The Bob’s Burgers Film—an animated musical primarily based on the long-running Fox sequence created by Loren Bouchard—is sort of in theaters. Forward of the film’s Could 27 debut, io9 attended a press convention that includes its forged and crew.

First issues first: “You do not want to see the sequence to grasp the film,” mentioned Bouchard, who additionally co-wrote and co-directed the film. “It’s [about] a household that runs a restaurant and the restaurant’s in bother. You may get all of it the primary 5 minutes. Now we have actually made no homework for you. You might be invited to come back chilly. You need not know a factor.”

That mentioned, it is protected to imagine that many of the individuals who attend The Bob’s Burgers Film will already be Bob’s Burgers followers, one thing producer and film co-writer Nora Smith acknowledged. “We knew that we needed to attempt to make our followers completely happy and make people who find themselves not our followers—however are completely high quality individuals as properly—completely happy, like individuals [seeing it] for the primary time. So we had been attempting to not make it too chock-full of inside references, and we wished individuals to come back at it recent and nonetheless take pleasure in all of the characters. And I feel we did a great job.”

Given the lengthy hole between the beginning of manufacturing and the theatrical launch, it is tempting to think about that The Bob’s Burgers Film has simply been sitting someplace absolutely accomplished for months. That’s most undoubtedly not the case, in line with Bouchard. “We labored on this film till simply—it looks like final week. We had been decided to take each second they gave us and hold engaged on it. So, yeah, [the story] modified [during the delays], It wasn’t prefer it drastically modified. It was extra like several time we had, we had been excited to benefit from—tweak jokes, change [the] image, idiot round with the sound. It was not simply the script [that changed], [just] the whole lot in was our palms till they tore it from our little fingers.”

Translating Bob’s Burgers the sequence into The Bob’s Burgers Film was a problem, nevertheless it was one the creators relished taking up. “We all the time say, each episode we do, we might like to make it appear to be the film,” co-director Bernard Derriman defined. “However the issue is we do 22 episodes a 12 months. It is 11 hours of Bob’s Burgers, So we have solely obtained a number of weeks at a time the place we are able to concentrate on every episode. So it wasn’t it wasn’t truly that large a stretch on the film; it is simply we had 4 years for an hour and a half. And it was all of the stuff we have all the time wished to do on the present, we’re in a position to do now within the film.”

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Bob’s Burgers has run for 12 seasons—the season finale was on Could 22—with a thirteenth on the best way, along with the brand new characteristic movie. The present’s spectacular longevity is not one thing that Bouchard takes with no consideration. “We actually like making the present. We actually liked making the film. It’s a nice pleasure, a privilege, and an honor. And we’re all the time shocked and shocked that additionally it is so laborious to make a present this many episodes in. You suppose there’s going to be an infinite variety of tales, and it seems that is a idiot’s stance. It’s a must to truly attempt to now return and get in between the 200-something episodes that we have accomplished. So the goal’s getting smaller in order for you the present to be recent and nonetheless discover new issues to say. However we love the problem. The characters counsel to us that they’re worthy of extra tales. They type of hold us going, coming again and attempting to determine easy methods to hold going, and we’ll go so long as we are able to.”

Bouchard additionally addressed one thing that Bob’s Burgers followers have questioned: what’s the timeline of the present precisely—and including onto that, how does the film match into its continuity? “I like this query as a result of it is, you realize, it is not any type of linear timeline that we are able to perceive utilizing our personal lives. That is type of a round area the place this household appears to be going by way of, roughly, a 12 months time and again with completely different permutations, after which some issues we have pulled by way of,” he mentioned. “So you possibly can’t name it continuity, actually, and positively not for any person who’s watching early seasons and late seasons … for them it have to be doubly bizarre [when] Louise is on her on her inexperienced machine in a single episode after which she’s using a motorbike within the subsequent episode. And in order that’s not continuity, precisely.”

He defined additional: “However we’ve got made a cope with the followers, I feel, that so long as it feels proper, that so long as there’s this type of—it is not narrative development over time, nevertheless it’s type of these layers that construct up this depth. So for the film, it is obtained to slot in there. And we’re simply now beginning to consider these episodes which are going to air after the film, and they are going to air within the shadow of this occasion [that happens in the movie], However in fact, additionally they type of occurred earlier than. I imply, in a means, the film occurred earlier than the primary episode. So this can be a bizarre sport to play, nevertheless it’s enjoyable.”

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One other Bob’s Burgers conundrum additionally got here up within the press convention: is Bob, voiced by H. Jon Benjamin, truly a extremely good prepare dinner with actually dangerous enterprise sense, or is he a nasty prepare dinner (additionally with dangerous enterprise sense)? “Loren and I’ve talked about this over time,” Benjamin mentioned. “I used to argue to Loren that Bob was not a great prepare dinner as a result of there have been no clients or only a few, simply Teddy. One man got here in. So possibly that is indicative of a meals downside. However Loren all the time urged there’s the Burger of the Day. There’s these, like, flights of creativity that Bob has, and he is tremendous into his meals. And I feel over time, [Loren] may need gained the argument … I’ve to say that it has been identified by many cooks, even simply to me, how a lot they just like the Burger of the Day aspect. They suppose that is a sign that Bob is an effective prepare dinner … or inventive, a minimum of.”

By the best way, that different large Bob’s Burgers thriller—what is the cope with Louise and her bunny ears?—lastly involves mild in The Bob’s Burgers Film, (“I really feel very honored that that is the second that we get to share it with the world … it is actually thrilling!” mentioned Kristen Schaal, who voices Louise.) We’ll discover out the reply to that when the film opens Could 27 in theaters.

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