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Review: 'The Bob's Burgers Movie' feels a little undercooked as animated series jumps to big screen

Mark Meszoros, The News-Herald (Willoughby, Ohio) on

Published in Entertainment News

This film’s characters are generally likable — but not enough to make us all that invested in the fate of the restaurant, which we suspect somehow will survive. The kids taking it upon themselves to solve the mystery surrounding the death of the carny isn’t exactly enthralling, either.

Disappointingly, it’s also tough to work up much enthusiasm for the movie’s handful of songs. If anything, the climactic musical number drones on long and aimlessly enough to start turning you against the whole effort.

If it sounds as if we simply have it in for Bouchard and Smith, know we’ve enjoyed several episodes of “Central Park,” the music-heavy animated series on Apple TV+ that they co-created with star Josh Gad.

“The Bob’s Burgers Movie” undoubtedly will draw endless comparisons to 2007’s “The Simpsons Movie,” a similarly titled theatrical affair that also owed its existence to an animated TV Fox show about an American family of five.

We can’t say whether the former has arrived after its show’s creative peak and represents a significant jump in quality, as the latter did.

We can say it doesn’t feel big enough for the big screen. Long enough, sure, but not big enough.

Maybe it will earn an audience far greater than the show’s loyal fan base, but it’s hard to see a ton of people going for this sandwich’s unusual combination of flavors.

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‘THE BOB’S BURGERS MOVIE’

2 stars (out of 4)

MPAA rating: PG-13 (for rude/suggestive material and language)

Running time: 1:42

How to watch: In theaters Friday

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