SDCC 2020: ‘Bob’s Burgers’

If you are missing everyone’s favorite Jersey Shore (search it up) familial band of misfits, fret no longer. Tune in your TV’s and turn on your Heart Lights because Animation Domination is returning to Sundays this fall with Loren Bouchard’s ELEVENTH season. We now join in on the panel that made all of this madness possible.

On the panel, show creator Loren Bouchard, staff writer Nora Smith, the usual suspects H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, and Larry Murphy acted nine types of silly along with producer Janelle Momary.

Amuse Bouche:

First off, let’s thank our lucky stars that this is an animated show. The entire team’s been all hands on deck during this COVID thing. They’ve been working tirelessly to have this drop September 27th of this year to bring you episodes like “Terms of EndREARment” I simply have two words for you: anal worms.

Written before the pandemic, the pinworm premise is pretty prescient, with the little buggers going from child to child. That, combined with the kids building a hamster slide in order to get a hamster tells me this season is going to be something for books.

In addition to “Dream A Little Bob of Bob” which is fever-dream based, we also have a HALLOWEEN episode to look forward to. This will be exploring the hotel at the end of the street (which is a true treat for the old Bob’s Burgers heads.)

Where’s the Beef:

MOVIE! There is a film on the horizon! Loren is a little tight-lipped on an actual drop date, but after 10 seasons, we the fans are chomping at the bit. Loren, not one to toot his own horn maintains that the art is amazing and Kristen Schaal completely cosigns.

Additionally, we also have an episode called “Copa-Bobana” in which we find the patriarch fall in love with a brand new kitchen in this Brothers’ Fischoeder new night club at which Linda is supposed to be the resident singer. To see the sheer elation on his mustachioed face, gushing over each appliance with gusto. From what they had shown thus far, this may be my new favorite episode, as we may see Bob shine like never before with the enhanced surroundings.

The Fix-Ins:

In addition to the aforementioned episodes, we also meet Linda’s parents for only the second time (“Diarrhea of a Poopy Kid”). Down the road will also be a Thanksgiving episode in addition to their 200th Episode!! This will have a Rashamon bent and I for one couldn’t be happier.

As for the fan Q&A portion, we find out that Loren may never put Linda Belcher’s offscreen friend, Ginger on screen. He likes lording it over fans’ heads as a possibility that may never come to pass, and I for one love that. It kind of reminds me of Jowdy from Twin Peaks or the Kessel Run from Star Wars. It’s gaslighting and I want more of it.

We also find out that Loren Bouchard also would love to employ more women to voice male roles, just as he has men voicing female roles, so fingers crossed!

Oh, and one last takeaway: Kristen Schaal isn’t a public pooper, hence why “Poops!… I Didn’t Do It Again” was her favorite episode. Food for thought.

Robert Kijowski
Robert J. Kijowski is a screenwriter who enjoys a good chuckle and an even better weep when indulging in art both good and even better bad. He enjoys the company of strangers in a theatre but adores the camaraderie of friends watching Netflix. He also loves to talk- a lot. This can be read through his recaps and reviews on the Workprint or heard through his weekly movie podcast, After the Credits. His presence can be felt through Facebook, Spotify or Ouija. Don’t use the latter though- he almost always ghosts people.

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