The Bob's Burgers Movie (2022)

Director: Loren Brouchard, Bernard Derriman

Running Time: 102 Minutes

Certification: PG

Starring: H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, Larry Murphy, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, David Wain, Zach Galifianakis, Kevin Kline, Gary Cole

Currently in production for its 13th series, Bob's Burgers is a successful animated series created by Loren Brouchard that follows the Belcher family running their own burger restaurant. The series offers low-key adventures complete with an entertaining array of characters, heartwarming beats, and catchy musical numbers, all of which have effortlessly translated onto the big-screen.

When a sinkhole opens in front of their restaurant, the Belchers struggle to drum up business and pay off their loan. Matters are complicated by an unfolding murder-mystery, while the nearby amusement park celebrates its anniversary with "almost no decapitations".

Driving the plot are the families individual turmoils, with worrisome patriarch Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) and energetic wife Linda (John Roberts) putting their all into keeping the business afloat despite so many curveballs being thrown their way. While that's happening, the children are each second-guessing themselves as awkward eldest-daughter Tina (Dan Mintz) worries about asking out her crush, livewire middle-child Gene (Eugene Mirman) doubts his musical talents, and aggressive youngest-child Louise (Kristen Schaal) questions if she's truly as brave without her bunny-ear hat.

Co-written with series regular Nora Smith and co-directed with Bernard Derriman, Brouchard never forgets what's been key to making the series work. Brought alive in the wonderful 2D animation, the core relationships are as vital here as in any 20-min episode depicting the bonds shared. Be it in the toe-tapping musical numbers they belt out, the support they offer, or the jokes they lovingly crack, there's never a doubt how much this family love each other.

From eccentric landlord Calvin Fischoeder to easily-startled school counsellor Mr Frond, each of the various characters are brought alive and feel distinctive courtesy of the talented cast lending their voices. From this peculiar assortment of residents, the world feels vibrant in ways that'll work for all viewers, regardless of how many episodes they've watched. While there's some structural issues going into the third act, what's been crafted is one of 2022's most wholesome, charming, and hilarious films.

The Bob's Burgers Movie is available in cinemas now