Bob’s Burgers is heading to the big screen. A film version of the animated Fox television show has been scheduled for theatrical release on July 17, 2020, according to Deadline.
An Emmy Award-winner for Best Animated Series, the show is now in its eighth season. Created by Loren Bouchard, it follows a blue-collar family that runs a hamburger restaurant. The voice cast for the situation comedy includes H. Jon Benjamin (also known for voicing the lead role in another Fox animated series, Archer) and John Roberts as the parents, with Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal as their three children.
As Bouchard acknowledges, it’s not so easy to transform a 30-minute television show into a compelling screen experience: “We know the movie has to scratch every itch the fans of the show have ever had, but it also has to work for all the good people who’ve never seen the show. … Most of all it has to take our characters on an epic adventure. In other words, it has to be the best movie ever made. But no pressure, right?!”
Fox’s The Simpsons Movie arrived 18 years after the TV show debuted, but the wait proved to be no obstacle to its success. It made more than $527 million at the box office worldwide. A more recent TV to big-screen effort from Fox, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, did not fare as well. With a reported budget of $145 million, the movie earned $275 million worldwide.
Audiences have become accustomed to high-quality animation on the big screen, which means that production budgets continue to rise, making it more challenging for new releases to become big financial successes. The familiarity of a title to its fans certainly can boost interest, especially with a currently airing show such as Bob’s Burgers, but it’s no guarantee at the box office.
We have to wait three more years to see a movie version of Bob’s Burgers. In the meantime, the next animated television show to make the leap to the big screen is My Little Pony: The Movie, which opens in theaters on Friday, October 6.