For the first time in a long time there is something worth watching on FOX’s Sunday night “Animation Domination." Served up hot and fresh on a steaming platter is the new animated hit, Bob’s Burgers.
The show is centered around Bob Belcher, his wife Linda, and their quirky kids working in the family restaurant. Animator/creator Loren Bouchard (Dr. Katz, Home Movies, Lucy Daughter of the Devil) manages to invest a surprising amount of regular life into what is by far the most outrageous cartoon on television. Exploring such taboo subjects as cannibalism, teenage zombies, necrophilia, Brazilian foot smells, and armed robbery disguised as musical theater, Bob’s Burgers is a veritable delicatessen of off-putting humor so wrong you can’t help but laugh.
Bob’s Burgers is animated in a colorfully realistic style that accentuates the twisted yet still run-of-the-mill relationships among Bob, Linda, and their loveably eccentric children, Louise, Gene, and Tina. You can never really tell where the laughs are going to come from till they slap you in the face. Like the other shows on FOX’s Sunday schedule, Bob’s Burgers is definitely not appropriate for young children, but it is the closest thing to family-friendly laughs in the middle of burnt-out spinoffs and The Simpsons.
In the second episode, Bob’s mother-in-law remarks, “Guess what? Having a family makes you go nuts...” This show makes me feel good that my family isn’t alone in the great peanut can of life.
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