Bob’s Burgers is the most adorable cartoon ever. This colourful sitcom follows the adventures of Bob Belcher and his family as they try to operate their fast-food restaurant while also navigating the complexities of the modern world.
Since the premiere of Bob’s Burgers back in 2011, the series has garnered critical acclaim, gained a legion of obsessed fans (myself included) and won an Emmy for Most Outstanding Animated Program – twice. Given this, it should have come as no surprise when, just last week, 20th Century Fox announced that it was turning Bob’s Burgers into a feature-length film, with a theatrical release intended for 2020.
While the series can boast the adoration of critics, love of a devoted fanbase and two Emmy Awards, there’s very little to suggest that Bob’s Burgers can make a profit at the box-office.
In comparison to The Simpsons Movie, another theatrically-released film based on an animated TV sitcom, The Simpsons’ Big Screen debut came 18 years after first airing on television; by that time, it had saturated the world with all manner of paraphernalia, including merchandise, albums, video games and its iconic catchphrases. Put simply, it was already a pop-culture icon before it hit cinemas.
The Belchers, do not share the same level of appreciation that their yellow-skinned counterparts. While Bob’s Burgers has its fans, their numbers are nowhere near those of The Simpsons, and it’s rare to find any Bob’s Burgers-branded material in, say, Target. And forget about buying the show on DVD – the Australian arm of Fox has only released the first season on home-video, which is solely available at JB Hi-Fi.
It seems that the creator of Bob’s Burgers, Loren Bouchard, shares this concern and is willing to address it. In the official press release from Fox, he states:
“We know the movie has to scratch every itch the fans of the show have ever had, but it also has to work for all the good people who’ve never seen the show.”
Despite these many apprehensions, this author cannot help but be excited for the eventual Bob’s Burgers film. The thought of potentially being able to see Bob, Linda, Tina, Gene and Louise on a cinema screen is one that is both heart-warming and exhilarating, even if the resulting picture is a shadow of the series it is based on. And if Nerdist is to be believed and the film is indeed a musical, that can only make the experience more enjoyable.
Until the Bob’s Burgers movie is released in 2020, we can only guess as to how popular it will be. But if 20th Century Fox is confident enough to give its quirky show a feature-length spin-off, then surely it will find the audience it deserves.