The Bob’s Burgers Movie creators on serving up a “genre salad” to fill feature-length appetites

Bernard Derriman: First of all, we didn’t want to upgrade the characters and change the look of them for the movie. We really wanted it to feel like it was part of the show in a way. It was just a better way to look at the show; like you’re looking at it through a better lens and you’re seeing more detail. It was also a great opportunity to think cinematically all the time. On the show, we’ll have the odd little action sequence and straight away we’re thinking: ‘This is sort of cinematic’. Here it was flipped, we were thinking cinematic all the time, and then every once and a while, when it called for it, we’d go back to the standard two-shot or the standard three-shot of the kids at the counter.
Loren Bouchard: Moving camera is very expensive in animation and 2D animation; it’s the big one. Moving camera means that your background might be changing perspective, which means new drawings. You’ve got to have the time to be able to move your backgrounds and draw everything again, if that’s what’s called for.
It’s Nice That: Can you talk a little about some of the visuals on the film. There is still the 2D animation format present and that feel you get from the series, but a lot of the camera angles and shots feel more grandiose or cinematic. What, if anything, about the look of the show changed and what stayed the same?

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