A few months ago – I turned on the T.V – flicked through the channels and landed on Bob’s Burgers.I was surprised to find that I enjoyed it. When the show first appeared on UK screens – I didn’t like it and ignored it for years. I’m glad I gave it a second chance. I often find my self watching it in the evening while drinking or editing photos.
Bob’s Burgers has a kind of niche humour that is rather hard to explain – kind of dry – both semi-realistic and absurd. It was a sort of humour that’s different to many other animated comedy shows like South Park and Family Guy that rely heavily on vulgarity – shock value and pop culture references. It’s a polarising kind of humour – which is probably why the show has such a mixed response from audiences. I think that’s why I didn’t like it at first – I was at the other end of the spectrum.
It’s actually hard to tell who Bobs Burgers is aimed at. It appears to be for a general audience rather than a specific demographic.
Recently the 30-min TV show transitioned into a full-length feature film.
It starts with Bob and Linda asking the bank for an extension on their loan. Unfortunately – they are turned down and given one week to make one months payment or face repossession of all their restaurant equipment. Making matters worse – a huge sink hole opens up right on their doorstep – uncovering the skeleton of a murder victim. Bob and Linda – with the help of Teddy – desperately try to make money while Tina, Gene and Louise begin their own investigation into the murder – all in order to save the business.
The high-stakes plot is quite the contrast to the mundane yet slightly weird situations we’re used to seeing in the series – but it’s the movie – so of course the writers wanted to do something big. I feel the humour of the film toned down from the series – perhaps this was to make it more appealing to a wider audience. Regardless of this – I still think it’s something that will satisfy fans of the show.
I’d like to end by saying, I don’t think it matters whether or not I recommend this film. A polarised audience made up their minds about Bob’s Burgers long ago. The only people interested in seeing it will be the people who like the weird humour of the show. The audience reaction to the film was decided before it came out.