Meet the Belchers
They are the ideal American family. Two parents, three kids, all happy to be together. They dance, they sing, they express themselves. If you think The Simpsons are the best cartoon family on TV, just take a look at how honest and loving the Belchers are. From the parents: Bob (Baw-by) and Linda, to kids Tina, Gene, and Louise, the Belchers are basically the dream team when it comes to family. They all bring their A-game.
1. As sisters, Louise and Tina have learned how to express their feelings:
2. Gene understands that it’s important to be honest as well:
3. Linda teaches her daughters (and Gene) the most valuable life lessons:
4. In the Belcher family, it’s totally cool to say whatever is on your mind:
5. Dancing is how they bring their family together:
6. Tina is easily one of the most charming people in the world:
7. She is also the perfect role model for her younger siblings:
8. The whole family is very accepting:
9. Linda does not get drunk:
10. But Bob does, only to be fun:
11. The kids are able to give their parents advice:
12. The whole family can respect each other’s house rules:
13. Bob and Linda are very informed and prepared parents:
14. Sometimes, they even all cuddle together in bed as a family:
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Every hero needs his villain, and Bob Belcher of Bob's Burgers wouldn't be as lovable without the grimy, slimy Jimmy Pesto of Jimmy Pesto's Pizzeria. He's handsome (just look at that butt-chin), smart, and his restaurant is hella classy. Poor Bob spends half his time just trying to keep up. Jimmy's pulled a lot of fast ones during his time on Bob's Burgers, and we can't help but love him for it. Here are some of the best and worst moments, brought to us by the incomparable Jimmy Pesto.
Bob was devastated when Jimmy beat his Burgerboss video score, but the nail in the coffin was the moment when Jimmy entered his name in as "BOB SUX." This was definitely Jimmy Pesto at his worst, but it also inspired one of the best episodes, in which Aziz Ansari as the voice of Darryl (AKA DRL) ultimately came through and saved the day. "Burgerboss" was nominated for a 2012 Emmy, and we think Jimmy Pesto deserves some credit for being the spark that created all that hilarious gamer drama.
When Jimmy Pesto and family won that damn minivan on the Family Fracas! game show under hella "suspicious circumstances" and got away with it, something in you probably died a little bit. But at least we still have this awesome clip of Tina saying, "Your ass is grass... and I'm gonna mow it."
Pesto Tries Burgers
Jimmy tried to destroy Bob's business in "Burger Wars," and does the unthinkable when he starts selling... burgers?! A serious burger war ensued and Bob (once again) fought for his lease on the restaurant as Jimmy did everything in his power to outsell him. This was definitely Jimmy at his worst, but in the end he was no match for Bob's Meatsiah burger and Linda's hilarious voodoo dabblings.
"Sheesh! Cab, Bob?" was easily one of the most unforgettable episodes ever. All of the drama centered around Tina's birthday party got out of control when Bob had to get a second job as a taxi driver, and ended up meeting transsexual prostitutes Glitter, Marbles, and Cha-Cha, who reveal the single-most hilarious fact about Jimmy Pesto. As it turns out, he's got a serious diaper fetish and is well known around a little spot called Desire Dungeon, where he goes by the name of Baby Num-Nums. EPIC.
Jimmy Pesto, Jr.
The truth is that Jimmy Pesto is pretty much the worst. But if there was no Jimmy Pesto, there'd be no Jimmy Pesto Jr., and no reason for Tina to get all super awkward! And we love it when Tina gets super awkward.
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Bob's Burgers has often payed tribute to Steven Spielberg's specific brand of summer-vacation nostalgia with spoofs of The Goonies ("The Belchies"), E.T. ("O.T.: The Outside Toilet"), Jaws ("The Deepening") and now probably the least well-known Spielberg joint, Duel. Once that candy cane truck flicked on its lights and started gunning for the Belcher station wagon, what had until then been a standard Christmas episode kicked into high-octane gear. Add in Linda's pursuit of a Dutch Baby (only took 22 minutes to make!) and Gene running down the batteries on the family phone trying to request a song on the radio, this episode manages to add enough chaos to be an episode of Bob's and yet also treat a candy cane truck as a very real adversary.
This week was more of an ensemble effort than a standalone showcase, but let's still run down the best bits from every character this week on "Christmas In the Car:"
Bob: Bob plays the straight man for most of this episode, but his despair (especially when it's about the danger of his Christmas ham meeting the same fate as the Thanksgiving turkey) makes a nice backdrop for the usual forced cheer of Christmas.
Linda: Linda's opening montage of loving (but destroying) Christmas trees was not only perfectly in character, but a reminder of voice actor John Roberts' YouTube hit video lampooning his mother's effusive love for Christmas. "Why would you hit someone on Christmas?"
Tina: Bob and Tina have what seems like a double-meaning conversation about Louise, who still believes in Santa — and in kidnapping him — but turns out Tina had no idea what they were talking about. Her lack of guile is what makes her so flipping loveable.
Gene: Gene wearing shorts underneath his winter coat is great enough, but add to that his love for "Jingle in the Jungle" and his insistance on dying just like their aged Christmas tree (or a gay pride parade): "Dehydrated and covered in tinsel!"
Louise: Louise's plan to capture and kidnap Santa is great because it fails, yet is also well-made enough to trap Teddy when he comes over to turn off the still-cooking Christmas ham. The key is to use the weight of the fridge.
Guest MVP: The sight gag of a candy cane truck somehow manages to be intimidating and dangerous for most of the episode, but as soon as the diminutive driver played by Bobcat Goldthwait hops out, it goes straight back to funny.
Recurring Gags: Not many this week, but the seasonal opening credits were a nice touch. And this family has next to no respect for the driver, tickling his mustache, refusing to hide quietly like the Von Trapps, and jumping out of the car to run.
Overall Assessment: It's not the best holiday episode of Bob's, but it's definitely the most inspired idea for a Christmas episode in years. Rather than default to yet another It's a Wonderful Life or Christmas Carol parody, using Duel as a jumping off point easily earns this a place in the pantheon.
The most recent Mr. Holland's Opus-ode of Bob's Burgers sends Bob into Wagstaff Elementary to be the substitute Home Economic teacher. Points off for yet another "Bob takes on a new job of the week" plot, when the ongoing struggles of the restaurant tend to be funnier. But points back on for finding the perfect genre that mixes agressive jokes and heart, and that's what the show does best.
And Bob turns out to be a great teacher, who's passionate enough to patiently engage the toughest of students (even ones who ask, "What's a beverage?"). He even delivers an inspirational screed to Zeke, who takes a break from roughousing with Jimmy Jr. to prove he's a good enough chef to headline their "Home Ec-staurant." Eventually, Bob's success gets the Wagstaff lunchladies and their employers, the evil Caf Co. food company, ready to shut him down. But all it takes is a Dead Poet's Society-type display of affection to inspire Bob to make a final stand and serve one last lunch with the kids. It ends up more inspirational than many of the movies it's parodying.
Now, let's look at the best moments from each character this week:
Bob: While once Bob gets his fervor for teaching there's plenty to enjoy, his best moment is probably his initial terrified disbelief at how the home ec class behaves. "Kids are terrible. Why do we keep having them?"
Linda: Shuffled off to a minor story teaching Teddy how to dance, Linda doesn't have much going on, but the herky-jerky way she dances will always be hysterical.
Tina: Tina gets shuffled off by the writers much like she was shuffled off by Bob in lieu of more Home Ec. humor, but it was sweet how little Bob had to do in order to win her back from the dungeon of metal shop class. "[You need me] to wash dishes?" "Yes, but also prep work." "Okay!"
Gene: When a classmate compliments his dad's teaching, he responds, "He's married! To a friend of mine."
Louise: The youngest Belcher is on fire with the one liners. "I can't go back to my old job. I burned a lot of bridges there." Now when are we going to get another Gene and/or Louise episode?
Guest MVP: Zeke (Bobby Tisdale) is in good form this week, managing to be Bob's teacher's pet without losing his gross, immature edges. "We're busier than a monkey with six ding-alings!" But Larry Murphy also deserves special mention for voicing most of the guest characters lately, from his usual Teddy to Hildy, the mustachioed lunch lady.
Recurring Gags: The first Burgers of the Week in a while, "Edward James Olive-Most" and "Bohemian Radishy," were worth the wait.
Final Judgment: Pass +.
If there's anything that this week's episode of Bob's Burgers teaches us, it's that three days before Thanksgiving, you better be adding a "Father-of-the-Brine" to your turkey and making sure to check the side effects on your allergy medicine so you don't accidentally submerge it in the toilet while hallucinating that you're potty training your children as an expression of your anxiety about them growing up. After last year's Thanksgiving episode established it as Bob's favorite holiday to A) get furious at Linda and the kids and B) get completely wasted on absinthe, add absuing over the counter medication as one of the Belcher's hilarious family traditions.
So, quickly, here's the best moments from each character that brought the laughs. Then, get back in the kitchen! There are cats roaming everywhere!
Bob: You might think Bob's increasing rage as his lovingly brined turkeys keep ending up in the toilet would take the prize, but instead, it was his unintentional seduction of the male supermarket deli butcher who keeps giving him new turkeys. Jon Benjamin and guest Tuc Watkins sell it. "I'm mostly straight. Also, I'm married. But if I wasn't... who am I kidding, you're out of my league. It would never work."
Linda: "I don't know... All these turkeys... it makes me horny!" Sure, it makes absolutely no sense why thirty pounds of raw poultry drenched in salty walter would seduce a woman, but it doesn't have to. Also great: her constant gagging at anything in or involving the bathroom.
Tina: Obviously, it has to be Tina falling off of a chair while attempting to cross her legs like a "lady" to be taken seriously at the adults' table. There are no other acceptable answers. (Except maybe her adult talking points. "In this economy?")
Gene: Upon seeing the first turkey submerged in the toilet, "Who pooped that? And may I apprentice with you?"
Louise: Her lovingly constructed conspiracy theories were completely wrong, but while Gene and Tina didn't team up to destroy the turkeys, she did accidentally admit she's "been slowly stealing their allowances over the last five years."
Guest Star MVP: Megan Mullally playing Linda's sister, Gail, is always good for laughs, but this week her insane mood swings and desire to be named as the culprit (despite her innocence) added exactly the right amount of chaos. "Was it Gail? 'I DON'T KNOW!' It wasn't."
Running Gags: Linda's love for Thanksgiving singing resulted in last year's improvised "Thanksgiving Song." This year, Gene, Linda, and Gail teamed up for a T-Gives carol about gravy. "Sailors in your mouth... sailors in your mouth... That's what Thanksgiving is all about!"
Overall Assessment: Holiday heartwarming murder mystery = Instant classic!
FOXIt’s not often a popular adult cartoon isn’t filled with over-the-top sex jokes or crude humor. In Fox’s four-season old series Bob’s Burgers, however, this isn’t the case. Yeah, you get the occasional poop joke from middle-child Gene, or eldest daughter Tina’s random sex comments as she navigates puberty, but the gist of the humor is deeply rooted in the reality of raising three kids and the oftentimes hilarious issues and immature comments that go along with it. The universal humor of the issues that Bob and his family of five handle are so funny because everyone has experienced them at one time or another. As a parent, you can probably remember the awkward tension of your daughter proclaiming she has a yeast infection (well, maybe not to the extent that Tina does) or the huge fights that go along with taking rights away from one of your youngest children, no matter how reasonable of requests they may be. Bob and Linda, the two heads of household, are both truthful and delusional as most parents can be. As Bob often exclaims, his children are “horrible at what they do” (help run the burger joint), which is something every parent wants to say at one time or another. With Bob though, it often comes with love. And extreme aggravation. Linda, on the other hand, tries her very best to support her children and husband, even if it isn’t exactly the best choice: telling her daughter to read erotic “friend-fiction” out loud or paying a large amount of money to help her son improve his little league skills despite his total inability to play the game. Their three crazy kids all seem to represent both a new generation of youngsters while still maintaining stereotypes that everyone can relate to. Gene, for example, is the classic middle child in his constant desire to be paid attention and can often be heard saying “Notice me!” However, although his sexuality has never been clearly addressed, he has had episodes where he both “dates” and talks about girls, and episodes where his comments can be and are repeatedly looked at as “stereotypically” gay. While shows like Family Guy and The Simpsons approach issues such as homosexuality in a much more comical, extravagant manner, Gene’s lines, such as “They're jealousy noises! You got your legs waxed and I didn't” are subtle and not entirely caustic. If you want a safe space to reflect on your own children's bizarre, embarassing comments without those rude looks from other parents, or wonder about your wife's love of wine, Bob's Burgers airs Sunday nights on FOX at 8:30 PM ET.
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Fox's Sunday night lineup is primarily dominated by Seth MacFarlane cartoons these days, but the network's other animated series continue to flourish. For instance: Bob's Burgers. In May, Fox announced that the series, created by Lauren Bouchard (Home Movies, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist) and starring H. Jon Benjamin (of Bouchard's other series as well as FX's Archer) would be picked up for a second season. Now, that second season has been expanded by nine additional episodes, bringing the count to 22. However, it is uncertain when this second season will air.
The debut of Bob's Burgers' second season is contingent upon the success or failure of Fox's other new animated projects, Allen Gregory and Napoleon Dynamite. Season 2 of Bob's Burgers might not find its way on air until the 2012-2013 television season.
The series focuses on a hapless American family who own and operate a hanging-by-a-thread hamburger restaurant. Benjamin plays Bob Belcher, the varyingly levelheaded patriarch who tries tirelessly to make his business a success while taking care of his three bizarre children.
At some point in the early years of the 21st century a bunch of Hollywood executives must have gotten together and decided that animated films should be made for all audiences. The goal was perhaps to make movies that are simultaneously accessible to the older and younger sets with colorful imagery that one expects from children’s films and two levels of humor: one that’s quite literal and harmless and another that’s somewhat subversive. The criteria has resulted in cross-generational hits like Wall-E and Madagascar and though it’s nice to be able to take my nephew to the movies and be as entertained by cartoon characters as he is I can’t help but wonder what happened to unabashedly innocent animated classics like A Goofy Movie and The Land Before Time?
Disney’s Winnie The Pooh is the answer to the Shrek’s and Hoodwinked!’s of the world: a short sweet simple and lighthearted tale of friendship that doesn’t need pop-culture references or snarky dialogue to put a smile on your face. Directors Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall found some fresh ways to deliver adorable animation while keeping the carefree spirit of A.A. Milne’s source material in tact. Their story isn’t the most original; the first part of the film finds Pooh Piglet Tigger and Owl searching for Eeyore’s tail (a common plot point in the books and past Pooh films) and hits all the predictable notes but the second half mixes things up a bit as the crew searches for a missing Christopher Robin whom they believe has been kidnapped by a forest creature known as the “Backson” (it’s really just the result of the illiterate Owl or is it?).
The beauty of hand-drawn animation all but forgotten until recently is what makes Winnie the Pooh so incredibly magnetic. There’s an inexplicable crispness to the colors and characters that CG just can’t duplicate. It’s a more personal practice for the filmmakers and should provide a refreshing experience for audiences who have become jaded with the pristine presentation of computerized imagery. The film is bookended by brief live-action shots from inside Robin’s room an interesting dynamic that plays up the simplicity of youth ties it to these beloved characters and brings you right back to memories of your own childhood.
With a just-over-an-hour run time Winnie the Pooh is short enough to hold the attention of children but won’t bore the parents who will love the film mainly for nostalgic musings. Still it’s the young’uns who will most enjoy this breezy bright and enchanting film that proves old-school characters can appeal to new moviegoers.