With twelve seasons already out, it seemed inevitable that Bob's Burgers would eventually get a full length movie. The question became how much of the show's wholesome charm would it lose with, what could be considered by some to be, a cinematic cash grab? As a long time fan, I am happy to say that just like Bob himself, the movie knows what it is good at and sticks to it.
Creator Loren Bouchard has stayed true to form.
The difference in animation between the film and the show is almost jarring when the movie opens. Though it takes a few minutes to get used to the new look, it certainly pays off. Especially when it comes to the several musical numbers throughout the film. Music has always played a big part in Bob's Burgers, and the movie leans into that in a good way. The soundtrack is catchy and joyful.
You may find yourself humming several tunes as you leave the theater.
A sink hole opens up the story, but the actual plot of the movie splits between Bob and Linda trying to make enough money to pay off the bank, and the Belcher children trying to solve a six year old murder so that youngest child Louise can prove her bravery. They truly kept the feel of the show. Bob's Burgers has played around with larger two-part stories, like Season Four's Wonder Warf (or How Bob Saves/Destroys the Town). So the scale of the movie does not feel like a departure from the norm. The stakes are higher than most episodes, but certainly not unheard of for the show. This isn't trying to jump the shark like some other TV shows turned feature-length films.
Loren Bouchard is simply doing what he does best, just more of it.
The real meat (pun intended) of the movie is obviously the comedy, which lands more often than it doesn't. Each member of the Belcher family keeps their own unique eccentricities, and are joined by a cast of characters fans of the show will certainly recognize (along with some new faces). Some of the funniest moments in my opinion come from recurring character, police sergeant Bosco.
Overall: Fans of the show will be very happy with the amount of heart kept from the transition to the big screen. Louise's arch specifically culminates in one of the most touching moments the show has ever had. If you have never seen the show or if it wasn't for you, I would not recommend paying the price of a ticket. However if you are like me, and have spent years enjoying the antics of the Belchers, you will surely walk out pleased. If you're into pun-based humor, you're guaranteed a good time.