The Simpsons Movie Failed To Inspire Bob’s Burgers

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The Simpsons and Bob’s Burgers are inextricably interwoven. Both aim to highlight the everyday lives of an American family, and the struggling Belchers represent the new normal, whereas The Simpsons, with two cars in the garage in a suburban neighborhood on the salary of a single working man (despite some single episode stories, Marge has remained a stay-at-home wife), have long been outdated.

During Animation Domination, Bob’s Burgers was linked to The Simpsons – and Family Guy – and began as a struggling newcomer riding on the coattails of its cousins before maturing into a more reliable, consistently high-quality toon.

The Simpsons Movie feels like a movie at its most basic level, but The Bob’s Burgers Movie feels like an extended episode of Bob’s Burgers. On my way out of the theater, I mentioned to my wonderful, ever-supportive wife that Bob’s felt like a long episode, and she remarked, “That’s a bit of a lazy review,” so bear with me.

The Simpsons Movie is a film because everything appears to be bigger. The stakes are higher, the set pieces are more elaborate, and the emotional moments are more intense. The Bob’s Burgers Movie doesn’t feel very different from previous installments.

The major conflict is that the family is cash-strapped, which isn’t a novel notion. Tina is undecided about Jimmy Jnr, who is also new and is given so little screentime that he seems crammed in, while Gene is undecided about his fledgling music career but ultimately decides it’s fun.

The only new plot is Louise’s struggle to overcome her fear of growing up (or perhaps her fear of not growing up enough), and even that is undermined by the seemingly insatiable desire to drop a gag every 23 seconds.