Bob’s Burgers movie songs explained by Loren Bouchard
Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard wants to make it very very clear that he is not, in any way, shape or form, happy about the COVID-19 pandemic.
But a little silver lining that he pulled from the unexpected delays of years to Bob’s Burgers Movie — originally slated for release in 2020 before releasing on Memorial Day weekend in 2022 – was that it gave the creative team time to spend the time they needed to make this “the best movie we could ever make “, said Bouchard. Result on Zoom.
And to their credit, Bob’s Burgers movie information is the more Bob’s Burgers thing you can imagine, a feature-length expansion to the long-running animated sitcom about a working-class family who stumble to make ends meet at their little burger joint in a sleepy beach town. All the ingredients for a good Belcher adventure are there, from quick jokes to corny burger puns.
But the extra slice of American cheese is the show’s use of music, with Bouchard, co-writer Nora Smith and a host of others having created a solid collection of quirky, quirky songs that are charming in their simplicity and their deceptively catchy hooks. (They’re also, understandably, incredibly funny.) Of course, the tradition continues in the film, with a selection of great musical numbers that match the show’s distinctly accessible record.
In the interview below, edited for clarity and length, Bouchard talks about the show’s particularly healthy fan base, explains the key to a good Bob’s Burgers song and breaks down every major number in the film. Oh, and we find out what gave birth to Gene’s bizarre napkin-rubber-band-fork instrument – the one that will “revolutionize American pop music.”
Bob’s Burgers movie information has had a very, very long way to go, 12 years into the series and ongoing delays due to COVID. How do you feel now that it’s out into the world?
I’m so glad I live in the age of social media because I can not only read reviews but also hear directly from fans. It’s a really nice place, you know? Being able to pick up my phone and have dozens and dozens of fans giving me their reaction from the theater, or even walking in. This is the moment where we imagined all those years while we were doing this, and here we are.
I’ve also been doing this long enough to know what it’s like to do animation in a time before the internet, and it’s quiet.