It was a wierd 12 months for San Diego Comedian-Con. This 12 months marked the second in a row the place in-person festivities had been canceled for pandemic-related causes, however whereas 2020’s occasion had the novelty and contemporary horror of a lockdown individuals nonetheless hadn’t solely adjusted to, 2021’s quarantine-dictated Zoom panels felt concurrently overly-familiar and laced with existential dread.
Factors to Bob’s Burgers then for addressing the problem straight out of the gate. After moderator (and present creator, and co-showrunner) Loren Bouchard launched the panel’s members — the primary voice forged and Nora Smith, author and co-showrunner — he talked about how he wasn’t going to ask anybody how they handled the challenges of working from dwelling: “It’s boring to speak about recording from dwelling, I received’t even get into it.”
Bouchard made it some extent of praising the forged and crew for his or her efforts to maintain engaged on the collection underneath hostile situations, however the general tone of the panel was clear from the beginning: an unflagging, borderline manic enthusiasm for what’s coming subsequent.
This fall, Bob’s Burgers enters its twelfth season, a very long time for any collection, however whereas Bob’s won’t be on the peak of its powers, it’s discovered a greater than snug area of interest for itself, persevering with to provide reliably warm-hearted, humorous, and character pushed episodes with out falling into extreme cynicism or caricature. The key, along with the proficient forged, could also be as a result of a philosophy Bouchard confused when speaking in regards to the season to come back: “I think about our mission is to maintain making small tales really feel massive.”
Bouchard bought the elephant out of the room straight away, asking the group at massive what they had been most and least wanting ahead to about going again to work in individual. Solutions are about what you’d anticipate, with many of the forged simply determined to see individuals and discover some extent of normalcy once more; potential complaints ranged from “Possibly the elevator,” (John Roberts, who does the voice of Linda Belcher), “I’m not wanting ahead to being tracked by the federal government,” (Larry Murphy, who performs Teddy), and Kristen Schaal’s (the voice of Louise Belcher) worry about “having completely nothing to speak about after we’re not performing besides the pandemic.” H. Jon Benjamin (Bob Belcher) was the one one current who had nothing destructive to say about coming again. When Mintz teased him about shedding his “edge,” Benjamin responded, “OK, I don’t like your hair,” which was very humorous when not decreased to textual content.
A lot of the dialog stayed on subject in regards to the season forward, with Bouchard waxing rhapsodic in regards to the pleasures to come back. The present is “formidable as ever,” and the season will characteristic titles like “Crystal Mess,“ “The Pumpkining,” “Driving Massive Dummy,” “Seventween Once more,” “Seaside Please,” “Caught In The Kitchen With You,” “Gene’s Christmas Break,” “Misplaced in Bedslation,” “Fomo You Didn’t,” and others. (Bouchard stresses, “We work by no means on these titles.”) Bouchard then rattled off an inventory of upcoming visitor voice actors for the season, delivering a fast hearth monologue of names, a mixture of acquainted performers for the present and first timers which, whereas missing any shockingly massive names, sounds filled with the extent of comedian and vocal expertise that followers of the present have come to anticipate.
In relation to precise content material for the upcoming season, the panel supplied three quick clips specializing in totally different character pairings. Within the first, a scene from the B-story of “Manic Pixie Crap Present,” Linda and Bob bought a shock supply of flowers that despatched Linda to reminiscing about her childhood. (After the clip, which had Linda monologuing a few canine getting hit by a scorching canine truck, Smith says “I came upon that my dad witnessed his canine dying in entrance of him after I wrote that episode.”)
Within the second, from “Driving Massive Dummy,” Bob and Teddy have a clumsy dialog in a truck cab whereas towing a big dummy head down the freeway; and within the third (no episode recognized), Gene discovers what he thinks is his first “pube,” a grey hair on his chest that seems to be his dad’s. Of the three clips, solely the primary is totally animated, the second and third showing in unfinished animatic kind, however all are what you’d anticipate from Bob’s Burgers clips, with acquainted characters behaving in acquainted ways in which have by some means managed to remain humorous and candy even after a decade and alter.
By way of massive reveals, Bouchard and Smith spent a while chatting in regards to the two-part season finale wherein a “[s]ignificant quantity of episode takes place in Tina’s erotic fiction wherein she’s exploring a type of Blade Runner darkish fantasy.” The finale apparently broke one of many core guidelines of the present by that includes a phase pushed extra by animation and (wordless) music than dialogue, however everybody sounded enthusiastic about it. “If we do it this fashion, it’ll be the longest span of simply music and visuals we’ve executed thus far,” Bouchard defined. It was additionally, as a late panel query from a fan revealed, the one episode within the season to lean closely into movie parody, which is a aid; a few of Bob’s greatest episodes riff on fashionable movie, however such riffing will also be a crutch for animated reveals, and it’s good to know that this one continues to be utilizing it sparingly.
Bouchard introduced up the lengthy awaited Bob’s Burgers film, which continues to be very a lot taking place even when Bouchard was unable to provide any particular details about it. “We’re going to be in theaters, that’s my pledge,” Bouchard assured the forged and the viewers, promising “I assure will probably be the very best film we may presumably make,” and describing the undertaking as a “musical comedy thriller journey and type of a coming of age story.”
It will be simple to dismiss this as a lot vaporware till it’s truly launched, however Bouchard’s pleasure in regards to the undertaking is contagious, and given how constantly the present nonetheless is, it’s onerous to not hope the large display screen outing will likely be, very similar to this panel was, a fairly good time.
Bob’s Burgers season 12 premieres on Sept. 26.