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The Bob’s Burgers Movie: release date, reviews, trailer and everything we know about the animated movie

The Belcher family gasping in The Bob's Burgers Movie
(Image credit: 20th Century Studios)

Bob’s Burgers has been a fixture on Fox’s Sunday animation lineup since 2011. With 12 seasons, the show has grown a passionate viewership, has won awards (two Emmys for Outstanding Animated Program) and more. But this summer it is going to do something it has never done before — make a movie.

The Bob’s Burgers Movie brings the Belchers (Bob, Linda, Louise, Tina and Gene) and plenty of other fan favorites to the big screen, much like The Simpsons did with 2007’s The Simpsons Movie, which ended up being both a critical and box office hit. Can The Bob’s Burgers Movie do the same?

Here’s everything we know about The Bob’s Burgers Movie.

When is The Bob’s Burgers Movie release date?

The Bob’s Burgers Movie is now playing exclusively in movie theaters.

The Memorial Day weekend release date (for US audiences) makes The Bob’s Burger Movies one of the true tentpole releases of the 2022 summer blockbuster season. It actually shares its release date with another highly anticipated 2022 movie, Top Gun: Maverick, which should make for a fun box-office battle.

The release date also works perfectly for fans of the show, as the last episode of Bob’s Burgers season 12 aired on Fox, Sunday, May 22.

How to watch The Bob's Burgers Movie

The word above is "exclusive." The Bob's Burgers Movie is only playing in movie theaters right now.

To find when and where The Bob's Burgers Movie is playing near you, visit the website for your favorite local theater or a resource like Fandango (opens in new tab). You’ll also be able to purchase your tickets for the movie through these sites should you so choose.

Another option to find tickets and also get them at a potential discount is by signing up for a movie theater subscription of membership deal. Offered by many theater chains in both the US and UK, signing up for one of these deals can give you either a set number of movies per month for a flat fee or discounts/free tickets, as well as other perks for things like concessions.

What is the plot of The Bob’s Burgers Movie?

The Bob’s Burgers Movie is truly trying to make the most of its jump from TV to theaters, with 20th Century Studios describing the movie as an "animated, big-screen, musical comedy-mystery-adventure." Here is the official synopsis from 20th Century Studios:

"The story begins when a ruptured water main creates an enormous sinkhole right in front of Bob's Burgers, blocking the entrance indefinitely and ruining the Belchers’ plans for a successful summer. While Bob and Linda struggle to keep the business afloat, the kids try to solve a mystery that could save their family's restaurant. As the dangers mount, these underdogs help each other find hope and fight to get back behind the counter, where they belong."

The Bob's Burgers Movie reviews — what the critics are saying

Reviews have come in for The Bob's Burgers Movie and they are good. As of May 26, Rotten Tomatoes (opens in new tab) has the movie at 91% "Fresh," while its Metacritic (opens in new tab) score is a 74, which qualifies it in the site's "good" tier.

Here are some quick blurbs from critics:

Beth Webb, Empire (opens in new tab): "Amped up for the big screen while maintaining its sense of heart and with lashings of charm and gentle comedy, Bob’s Burgers proves more than worthy of the feature treatment."

Amy Nicholson, Variety (opens in new tab): "... [I]t’s darned delightful, like a fizzy soda on a hot day."

Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle (opens in new tab): "So many of the things people enjoy about the show are here, from the great deadpan banter to the horny teen realism, but so many of those moments have been shoved aside to make room for song-and-dance numbers..."

The Bob’s Burgers Movie trailer

Get a look at what lies in store with The Bob’s Burgers Movie with the two official trailers right here: 

20th Century Studios has also released an official clip from the movie. Check it out below:

Who is in The Bob’s Burgers Movie cast?

What would The Bob’s Burgers Movie be without the characters that make Bob’s Burgers the long-running hit that it is. The Belchers are of course at the center and many of the popular recurring characters from the show make appearances in the movie.

H. Jon Benjamin (Bob Belcher), John Roberts (Linda Belcher), Kristen Schaal (Louise Belcher), Dan Mintz (Tina Belcher) and Eugene Mirman (Gene Belcher) are all on board for their iconic characters’ big screen debut. As is Larry Murphy, who voices Teddy.

Among the recurring characters set to make appearance in the movie are David Herman’s Mr. Frond, Kevin Kline’s Calvin Fischoeder, Sam Seder’s Hugo, Ron Lynch’s Ron, Aziz Ansari’s Darryl, Zack Galifianakis’s Felix Fischoeder, Gary Cole’s Sergeant Bosco, Stephanie Beatriz’s Chloe Barbash, Brian Huskey’s Regular-Sized Rudy and David Wain’s Courtney Wheeler.

The Bob's Burgers Movie poster

(Image credit: 20th Century Studios)

Who are The Bob’s Burgers Movie directors?

Who better to shepherd The Bob’s Burgers Movie than the ones who know it best? Series creator Loren Bouchard and director Bernard Derriman, who has directed more than 150 episodes of the animated show, are teaming up as co-directors for the movie. This is the first time directing a feature movie for either Bouchard or Derriman.

In addition to directing, Bouchard co-wrote the script with fellow series creator Jim Dauterive, while one of the show’s longtime writers, Nora Smith, is also credited as one of the movie’s writers.

How to watch Bob’s Burgers

Whether you’re looking to become familiar with Bob’s Burgers for the first time ahead of the movie or you’re a fan who just wants to rewatch some of your favorite episodes, every episode of the show is currently available to stream on Hulu. Meanwhile, if you’re a subscriber to a traditional pay-TV service, you can watch any of the already aired episodes from the most recent season 12 on (opens in new tab)

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun.