'Bob’s Burgers' is Getting a Movie in 2020, But Will the Show Still Be Relevant By Then?

Get ready to see the Belcher family on the big screen, because Fox’s Bob’s Burgers is officially getting a movie. But don't get too excited, because the Bob’s Burgers film isn’t happening until 2020.

Deadline reported Wednesday morning that Twentieth Century Fox's feature film of the popular animated series is set for a July 17, 2020 release. While it’s undoubtedly good news for show creator Loren Bouchard and his team, the nearly three-year wait for the film’s release is perplexing. The series is just coming off an Emmy win for Outstanding Animated Program (for the season 7 episode, “Bob Actually”) — wouldn’t it make more sense to strike now?

Bob's Burgers was one of Fox's lowest-rated comedies last year, and the season 8 premiere last Sunday saw around 3 million viewers, according to Nielsen. But there's no fear of cancellation, thanks to a deal made in 2015 to renew the show for two seasons. But there’s no guarantee if the show will even exist in 2020. Will fans still care enough about the Belchers in three years to drum up a decent turnout to the theaters?

BobsBurgers_704_Mom_Lies_andVideotape_01_08_tk1-0004_hires1 Fox's 'Bob's Burgers' has seen a decline in ratings since season 4. Fox

Still, Twentieth Century Fox appears to be relying on a film that appeals to both adult fans of the shows and younger children. The studio’s chairman and CEO Stacey Snider told Deadline, “A Bob’s Burgers film fits perfectly with our initiative to redouble our family and animation efforts.”

Bob’s Burgers has always walked a fine line between the typical raunchy adult cartoons such as Family Guy and a more wholesome, family-friendly story. Bob Belcher (voiced by actor H. Jon Benjamin) owns a modest burger restaurant that he runs with the help of his wife Linda (John Roberts) and their three children: Tina (Dan Mintz), Gene (Eugene Mirman) and Louise (Kristen Schaal). While the show certainly touches on many sophisticated themes, it avoids the graphic and obscene nature of other adult-aimed animated shows.

Bouchard, whose role in the film is not yet clear, is already promising an “epic adventure” for both loyal fans and new recruits alike. “We know the movie has to scratch every itch the fans of the show have ever had, but it also has to work for all the good people who’ve never seen the show,” he said. “We also know it has to fill every inch of the screen with the colors and the sounds and the ever so slightly greasy texture of the world of Bob’s—but most of all it has to take our characters on an epic adventure. In other words, it has to be the best movie ever made. But no pressure, right?!”

Bouchard certainly has time to think about it, at least.

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