Bob’s Burgers cast and crew interview
the Bob’s Burgers Movie will open exclusively in theaters this Friday, May 27, and Vital Thrills got a chance to speak to the voice cast and crew. Among the team, we were joined by creator, director and screenwriter Loren Bouchard, director Bernard Derriman and producer Nora Smith.
The cast we spoke to included: H. Jon Benjamin, voice of Bob Belcher; John Roberts, the voice of Linda Belcher; Kristen Schaal, the voice of Louise Belcher; Dan Mintz, the voice of Tina Belcher; Eugene Mirman, the voice of Gene Belcher; and Larry Murphy, the voice of Teddy.
The actors were asked when they realized the show had super fans. Schaal said, “Damn yeah, I remember. It was Halloween and it was New York.
“I said to my husband, I want to go dressed as a whoopie cushion, and I’m going to wear glasses and a mustache, and a big whoopie cushion costume, and it’s going to be fun because no one will know who I am. And then I walked into a bar and ordered a drink, and they said, ‘It’s Louise!’ »
Producer Nora Smith spoke about the biggest challenge for her in making the film. “We knew we had to try to make our fans happy and make people happy who aren’t our fans but are also perfectly fine people. Like, people are seeing it for the first time.
“So we were trying not to make too many internal references to it and we wanted people to come into it fresh and still enjoy all the characters. And I think we did a good job.
Bouchard wrote: the Bob’s Burgers Movie script before the pandemic, in 2018. “We worked on this movie until, it’s like last week,” she said. “We were determined to take every moment they gave us and keep working on it. So yeah, that has changed.
“It wasn’t like it had changed drastically, it was more like we had all the time we were looking forward to enjoying. Weak jokes, change, you know, image, fun with sound. It wasn’t just the script, it was all in our hands until they ripped it out of our little fingers.
Mirman said they did some improv in the booth during the Bob’s Burgers Movie, which you don’t always see in the animation. “I would describe myself as a method cartoon character. So if you come up to me while I’m doing Gene, good luck I’m not kidding like a little boy.
Regarding why it’s a musical, Bouchard said, “One of the things we knew early on with this movie was that the music would be part of it. We knew that was a big lever that we could pull to make it feel big, to look like a show. And one of the things we wanted to do besides the songs was dance. And these two next to me here had a very surprising ability. Nora would film herself dancing in her kitchen and Bernard could take that and draw it so beautifully. And so, all the dances you see come from those two. No training.
Derriman said of the movie’s look, “The first thing we did, we always say, every episode we do, we’d like to make it look like the movie. But the problem is that we do 22 episodes a year. It’s 11 a.m. from Bob’s Burgers. So we only have a few weeks at a time where we can focus on each episode.
“It wasn’t that long in the movie, it’s just that we had four for an hour and a half. It was all we ever wanted to do on the show, we got to do it now, in the movie.
Schaal talked about Louise’s bunny ears. She said, “Something I think myself and a lot of fans have been waiting for is to see what the story is behind Louise’s bunny ears. And so, I feel very honored that this is the time when we can share it with the world in this other great form. That everyone is talking about. This Beverly Hilton [where the cast was] speaks. It’s really exciting.”
Benjamin asked if Bob was a good cook or a businessman. He said: “Loren and I have talked about this over the years and I think we asked this question yesterday. I used to tell Loren that Bob wasn’t a good cook, because there were no customers. Or very little. Just Teddy.
He added: “A guy came in, so maybe that’s a sign of a food issue. But Loren always suggested there’s the burger of the day, there’s these flights of creativity that Bob has and he’s great at his food. And I think over the years you might have won the argument. I’ll give it to you now.
Bouchard added, “I like to think that Bob is a great cook, a great artist working in a medium that maybe people don’t even understand. He may be ahead of his time, or maybe just as clearly a bad businessman. And, yeah, I think we tend to sympathize with that character because who knows how the movie is going to turn out.
Schaal chimed in, saying, “Hey, and can I just add that by saying that I think a lot of people around the world, and in the Bob’s Burgers audience, are under-the-radar artists who haven’t been discovered yet. It probably makes some really good burgers, or wherever it goes at home that no one really knows about.
Derriman talked about the show’s Easter eggs that are in the movie. He said, “It comes from, well, obviously there’s a chasm. It does nothing. So we had this plan once we knew when the movie was coming out, we just started working in this crack which is getting bigger and bigger. He gets as big as before the movie in this Sunday’s episode, in fact. Little bits along the way, yeah.
Bouchard was asked whether or not the show airing 13 seasons of Bob’s Burgers was every something that was considered. “No. We went in with fear and humility and trepidation that we were going to be canceled immediately. And we actually kept that going for many seasons.
“I was even scared, once we got to season four and it looked like we might have a run, I actually thought it would be better if they lied to us and told us we were about to be cancelled. I was afraid we would lose our edge, I guess. Or our-that somehow fear was part of it. So yeah, we never dared to admit it, and I don’t think it would have been good for the show.
Mintz spoke about the popularity of the FOX show: “I think it’s fair, Loren has always had a knack for creating characters that really look like real people in a way that you didn’t even realize you were. missed other shows until you hear it. And also, the other writers [LAUGH] are good at that too.
“But yeah, and with, you know, the whole family and Teddy and six people, and also all the other characters that are also different. Like, there’s somebody for everyone to be like, ‘That’s exactly who I am.’