It was an odd yr for San Diego Comedian-Con. This yr 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 recent horror of a lockdown individuals nonetheless hadn’t fully 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 difficulty straight out of the gate. After moderator (and present creator, and co-showrunner) Loren Bouchard launched the panel’s contributors — the principle 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 residence: “It’s boring to speak about recording from residence, I gained’t even get into it.”
Bouchard made it a degree of praising the forged and crew for his or her efforts to maintain engaged on the collection beneath adversarial circumstances, 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 may not be on the peak of its powers, it’s discovered a greater than snug area of interest for itself, persevering with to supply 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 return: “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 particular person. Solutions are about what you’d anticipate, with many of the forged simply determined to see individuals and discover a point of normalcy once more; potential complaints ranged from “Perhaps 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) concern about “having completely nothing to speak about once we’re not performing besides the pandemic.” H. Jon Benjamin (Bob Belcher) was the one one current who had nothing detrimental 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 lowered to textual content.
A lot of the dialog stayed on matter in regards to the season forward, with Bouchard waxing rhapsodic in regards to the pleasures to return. The present is “formidable as ever,” and the season will characteristic titles like “Crystal Mess,“ “The Pumpkining,” “Driving Huge Dummy,” “Seventween Once more,” “Seashore Please,” “Caught In The Kitchen With You,” “Gene’s Christmas Break,” “Misplaced in Bedslation,” “Fomo You Didn’t,” and others. (Bouchard stresses, “We work in no way on these titles.”) Bouchard then rattled off an inventory of upcoming visitor voice actors for the season, delivering a speedy fireplace monologue of names, a mixture of acquainted performers for the present and first timers which, whereas missing any shockingly massive names, sounds full of the extent of comedian and vocal expertise that followers of the present have come to anticipate.
On the subject of precise content material for the upcoming season, the panel provided three brief clips specializing in completely 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 sizzling canine truck, Smith says “I discovered that my dad witnessed his canine dying in entrance of him after I wrote that episode.”)
Within the second, from “Driving Huge Dummy,” Bob and Teddy have an ungainly 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 in some way managed to remain humorous and candy even after a decade and alter.
When it comes to massive reveals, Bouchard and Smith spent a while chatting in regards to the two-part season finale through which a “[s]ignificant quantity of episode takes place in Tina’s erotic fiction through which 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 section 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 accomplished up to now,” 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 reduction; a few of Bob’s finest 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 occurring 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 perfect film we might probably make,” and describing the challenge as a “musical comedy thriller journey and type of a coming of age story.”
It might be simple to dismiss this as a lot vaporware till it’s truly launched, however Bouchard’s pleasure in regards to the challenge is contagious, and given how constantly the present nonetheless is, it’s arduous to not hope the massive display outing can be, very similar to this panel was, a reasonably good time.
Bob’s Burgers season 12 premieres on Sept. 26.