The Bob’s Burgers Movie – Blu-ray Review

Since 2011, Bob’s Burgers has whipped up a winning recipe, thanks to the struggles and adventures of the lovable Belcher clan. Unsurprisingly, the show’s first feature-length film, The Bob’s Burgers Movie, whips up the same burger recipe as its smaller, bite-sized counterpart. After all, creator Loren Bouchard knows not to mess with a winning formula when bringing his loveable characters to the big screen. Unfortunately, the film does a lengthy episode of the show, and at times, it feels like it’s trying to rehash some of its best episodes. That can be the television-to-film curse, as The Simpsons Movie, South Park, and most recently, Downton Abbey: A New Era have demonstrated.

However, when you have a series with an impressive track record like Bob’s Burgers, sometimes that’s not a complete negative. Everything you could want from an episode is in this film—gags, story, original songs, heart, and adventure. Jokes come from all over and from all angles. Plus, the more emotional beats still have time to breathe and pull on your heartstrings. Even in feature-length form, the sincerity and the silliness work together in perfect harmony. Of course, there are also a few delightful musical numbers sprinkled throughout—a given for a series with a history of fantastic original songs. There are just enough different things to keep it from feeling like a complete retread. 

Overall, The Bob’s Burgers Movie may not change its winning recipe or characters, but it does deliver an exciting adventure that fits the fun and irreverent tone of the show. If you’re a Bob’s Burgers fan, you should see it, but it’s unlikely to convert any non-fans. If you have never seen the show before, the movie would be a perfect introduction to the show. It’s an excellent blend of everything that fans adore about the show. 

Movie Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

The Bob's Burgers Movie - H. Jon Benjamin

Video

The Bob’s Burgers Movie hits Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-AVC with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The bright scenes are perfectly animated. On the other end, blacks are deep yet offer plenty of shadowy detail. Of course, since this is an animated film, the most striking aspect of the picture is the colors. The colors are wonderfully vivid and smooth and feature a bold usage of primaries and shadings that tops what you’ll find on the TV series. Also, this picture pops with depth and detail and is sharp as a razor.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

The Bob's Burgers Movie - Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, and Dan Mintz

Audio

The Bob’s Burgers Movie hits Blu-ray with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. There’s a good amount of enveloping sound effects, but they’re not consistently engaged, so envelopment remains spotty. At the same time, the soundstage only expands when the scene calls for it. For example, in the part of the film where Louise goes down into the hole at night, you can hear lightning from all over. Nevertheless, this mix certainly sounds clean across all channels. When it comes to the music, the instruments are separated, so Tim Davies’ original score and the film’s original songs sound full and dynamic throughout the soundstage. Lastly, the dialogue is very crisp and very nicely balanced. Overall, it’s not the most rousing audio mix but it does its job well.

Audio Rating: 4/5 atoms

The Bob's Burgers Movie - H. Jon Benjamin and John Roberts

Special Features

The Bob’s Burgers Movie‘s Blu-ray disc has the following special features on it:

  • Audio Commentary By Loren Bouchard with the Cast: H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Kristen School, and Writer Nora Smith then with Director Bernard Derriman, Production Designer Ruben Hickman, and Writer Nora Smith
  • Making of the Movie
  • My Butt Has a Fever
    • Theatrical Version
    • Animatic Version
  • Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Loren Bouchard and Nora Smith
    • The Movie We Didn’t Make
    • Metal Detector
    • Burning Piers
    • Grover’s Office 
  • Animation Extras
    • Animatics
      • “Sunny Side Up Summer”
      • “Lucky Ducks”
      • “Not That Evil” featuring David Wain
      • “End Credits”
    • Animating the Scene with Commentary by Director Bernard Derriman
      • Linda Through the Pass-Through
      • Bob and Linda Go to the Bank
      • Louise Grabs the Fuse
Features Assessment

As you can see, the audio commentary is split between two different groups—with Loren Bouchard and Nora Smith being the only two constants. The first half isn’t informative, but it’s entertaining. It’s reminiscent of the It’s Always Sunny Podcast, where the cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia go off-tangent a lot instead of talking about the episode they’re recapping. Not that it’s a bad thing since it’s always fun listening to the cast have fun with each other. However, if you’re looking for something informative, you might want to go to the 45-minute mark in the film. Here, you’ll find the production part of the commentary. The crew divulges numerous technical and production stories about the film.

The 19-minute Making of featurette is an entertaining, energetic, and informative history of the movie’s production. Narrated by show creator Loren Bouchard, the featurette starts with the show’s humble beginnings and how the fandom helped convince Bouchard that a film can work. Afterward, it transitions to an in-depth breakdown of all facets of the production. While The Bob’s Burgers Movie is like an extended episode, My Butt Has a Fever is like a scene you’d find in an episode of Bob’s Burgers. Not to mention, it features a very catchy song in it too. 

The Movie We Didn’t Make is a feature where they discuss why they cut scenes and fan-favorite characters out of the film. Also, they talk about several scenes cut from the film, such as Tina and Jimmy’s zombie pool party or Gayle at a funeral. The deleted scenes that did make it to the Blu-ray release are hilarious in their way, but “Metal Detector” and “Grover’s Office” were done before the finalization of the storyline.

Animation Extras are features that animation geeks and budding animators will thoroughly enjoy. If you’ve watched the deleted scenes before this, you’ll know what you’re getting into with Animatics. It’s good, but the meatiest part of this section is in Animating the Scene. This part breaks down the animation process of a scene comprehensively, and it’s one of the more fascinating featurettes on this Blu-ray release. Just be sure to watch this feature with Bernard Derriman’s commentary.

Special Features Rating: 4/5 atoms


Overall, The Bob’s Burgers Movie is a fantastic animated comedy that’ll warm your heart while making you laugh. Both the video transfer and bonus features are exceptional, but unfortunately, the audio mix isn’t very exciting. The audio track does, however, fit the spirit of the film.

Overall Rating: 4/5 atoms

The Bob’s Burgers Movie hits stores on Blu-ray on July 19th.

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

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