The cast of the Bob’s Burgers film on Covid-19 and Chipotle
The Bob’s Burgers movie sees the original cast of the long-running TV series hit the big screen in a fun and colorful musical. To celebrate the animated series making its big Hollywood debut, we sat down with H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, and Larry Murphy, who voice the film’s main characters Bob, Linda, and Teddy, respectively.
The Bob’s Burgers movie was first announced in 2017 and is directed by Loren Bouchard and Bernard Derriman. While keeping the tone and charm of the Fox show, the film plunges the Belcher family into a tense murder mystery and financial troubles that could end in the loss of their beloved restaurant. With the help of his wife Linda and his friend Teddy, Bob Belcher must find a way to sell burgers before it’s too late and solve a murder on Ocean Avenue.
In our interview with Benjamin, Roberts, and Murphy, we discuss what it was like to record the animated film during a global pandemic, its musical influences, and their future hopes for a potential episode of Chipotle in Seasons. coming.
The digital solution: Hi guys. It’s so big for me. I love Bob’s Burgers, and it’s so nice to see your faces. I was really struck by how the movie threw a murder right into the story, and I wanted to know, what was your reaction when you first read the script?
H.Jon Benjamin: I was like, just excited to find out that we were going to make a movie, I guess. We had talked about it a bit here and there, but I guess you never really expect, you know, a show to have that opportunity.
So, I kind of thought it would be in some form of a musical, but when I found the murder mystery element, I thought it worked really well. So yeah, I don’t like murder in real life. I’m against. But I was happy. I was happy that he was somehow included in the film.
Speaking of musicals, John Linda must have had a great time in this film as she is the singing lover of the TV series. Obviously, the songs seemed very scripted in this film, but do you sometimes improvise your musical moments in the series?
John Robert: Absolutely yes! And, you know, from the beginning, from the first season, Loren was always very kind and just let us go for a bit. And I often sing in real life too.
So you know, but the movie was like a whole other level. I think the show also got progressively more advanced with the music; we have musical teams now. So it’s always a pleasure for me to sing, especially as Linda. I hope I’ve improved over the years because I think the songs have gotten more advanced and bigger.
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HJB: But I think Linda was a big driving force for the music on the show, really? Yeah, like Loren Bouchard, the show’s creator, it’s very musical. He always wrote music, even for his shows that he did before.
But I think John started doing what he does in real life in the cabin, which is humming tunes and coming up with lyrics for, like, the Thanksgiving song or something. Is it in the script or not?
JR: Nope! But yeah, Loren would let us go and, yeah, Lauren is a very musical person, and so am I. I make music too. So it was just another dream part of an already amazing job.
You made this movie during COVID-19. How was it? Was it a different experience than your normal recording setup?
HJB: Well, it was, it was very different because I think when they announced that we were going to make a movie, it was before the pandemic. I think we all assumed that we were going to work the same way we always work, which was together or at least on the whole, everyone working together.
So when the pandemic hit, they had to change the whole check-in process. I mean, I recorded in my closet, and since everyone had to record independently, which was very different from how we normally do. And that was an adjustment we had to make.
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But luckily they had two years to do so. So we kind of work through that. And they finally found a way to get everyone to record together.
All of your characters have become iconic. You’ve been doing the show for ten years now. Especially you three, Bob, Teddy and Linda, your dynamic is very, very recognizable.
HJB: We are the adults.
(laughs) Exactly, and Teddy is basically part of Bob and Linda’s marriage at this point.
Larry Murphy: It is an invasive and adulterous species. Next season get rid of him.
HJB: It’s a lamprey.
ML: He is like a lamprey. It’s a symbiotic relationship. It is more like a carp that is introduced and does not go away.
Why do you think people like this series so much?
JR: I think the writing is amazing. We have great writers. And I think the cast, I mean, we’re very; we get on very well. So just the marriage of that alone, but I think the characters are funny. You know, different episodes will focus on different characters, and that will keep it fresh. And it’s a lovely sight. There’s a lot of love and a lot of things that people can maybe identify in themselves – weird little things that are funny.
Yeah, it’s funny you mention people identifying with the characters because I’ve seen it all over social media. People often post “oh, this character from Bob’s Burgers is my spirit animal”. I want to go around the room and ask, which character do you most identify with?
HJB: Probably Tina, I think. Yeah.
JR: Did you choose Tina, Jon?
HJB: I’m a little Tina.
JR: Do you like buttocks?
HJB: That does not bother me. I like buttocks.
ML: Do you like zombies, Jon?
HJB: I like zombies, I like butts and I’m very anxious all the time.
JR: Well, I’d say I’m Tina too. I love buttocks, and I’m so anxious.
OK, so you have two Tinas. Larry, you’re up. Is this going to be Tina’s third choice?
ML: I think in real life, I look more like Bob. Trying to aspire to do so, to everyone’s detriment. Trying to aspire to something, some kind of perfection. Something like the pursuit of perfectionism. And so yes, and failing that.
What’s really good about this movie is that it ties into the series and reminds you that this isn’t the end of the story. We are waiting for the release of season 13. What do you think the future of Bob’s Burgers looks like now that the film is finished?
JR: Well, I have to say; hopefully Covid is sort of, you know, more and more manageable, and we can all be together again, and the writers will all be together. I think it’s going to be exciting, and a lot of energy is going to come out of that alone.
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But I think there are so many other stories to tell with these characters. The world is so rich and fun that I think there will be more of the same. To just write well and learn more about these characters and their families.
ML: I think the real bright spot, though, is that I don’t really think of any of us, or at least we’re doing a good job of disguising it, but we’re not tired of any of the other.
ML: So yes, that’s a big plus
HJB: I can see Bob’s Burgers getting bought out by Chipotle and then they’re all working there. Bob has to work. Something like that.
JR: As manager.
HJB: Not even the manager just like a… just like the line manager.
It looks like a dark episode. (Laughs)
ML: Yeah, a dark fantasy episode.
JR: It’s like Bob’s fever dream nightmare,
HJB: I’m still thinking about how to tie in with Chipotle.
So what you’re telling me is that Bob from Bob’s Burgers is actually a fan of Chipotle?
HJB: (laughs) I didn’t say I was a fan. But I still try to plug it in.
JR: I’m going to plug the Impossible Burger, which is a softer, milder plant-based burger.
Thanks so much guys for talking to me. It was lovely.
All: Thanks a lot!
JR: bye Bye
The Bob’s Burgers movie is now out in theaters