'Bob's Burgers' stands out among animated TV
March 11th, 2012
03:08 PM ET

'Bob's Burgers' stands out among animated TV

When speaking to reporters on Thursday, Kristen Schaal – known for her appearances on "30 Rock," "The Daily Show" and "Flight of the Conchords" – dropped a bombshell: she's actually 75.

Now, she looks very good for 75, but she would disagree with such a notion. She informed everyone that she is looking into getting some work done.

In reality, of course, Schaal is a far cry from 75, but these are the kinds of things the comic actress will say in your average interview, this one centering around Sunday night's second season premiere of the off-kilter "Bob's Burgers" on Fox.

Show creator Loren Bouchard listed an impressive array of guest stars this year, starting with sisters Sarah and Laura Silverman in the premiere and comic actors Bill Hader, Paul F. Tompkins, Aziz Ansari, Megan Mullally and Thomas Lennon coming up.

Schaal jokingly chimed in: "We wrote a part for Tom Selleck and he just dissed us!"

Since "Bob's Burgers" first premiered over a year ago, there have been several new primetime animated series, such as "Napoleon Dynamite," "Unsupervised," "Good Vibe," the short-lived "Allen Gregory," and even the return of "Beavis and Butt-head."

So what makes "Bob's Burgers" stand out?

"The characters are very well-rounded and accessible as much as they are funny," said Schaal. "The relationship they will have with viewers is eternal.”

Bouchard pointed out that character development was the primary goal of the show. "It's character driven in the extreme. It’s more important than jokes, even."

The premiere deals with Bob's kids, including Schaal's Louise teaming up with Bob's rivals kids on an epic quest at an abandoned taffy factory. It ends with a surprise song by Cyndi Lauper, parodying her famous cut, "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough."

Even though the original intent was not to parody "The Goonies," Bouchard said, "There were so many 'Goonies' elements that [it was] suggested we use that song and Cyndi Lauper. She said yes, and came in and sang 'Taffy Butt' over the original song."

So have the people behind "Bob's Burgers" ever had the perfect burger?

"I had a burger in San Francisco that had a piece of pineapple on it that I still think about once in a while," said Bouchard.

"I still haven’t found the perfect burger," confessed Schaal. "In N' Out is alright. Fatburger is pretty good. Someone needs to show me a good burger, I’ll say that."

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    Liberal garbage. Why is this junk even on?

    March 12, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. white woman

    To becky. U must work at mcdonalds if it makes u have belly laugh. Gots some bad acne to eh?

    March 12, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Becky

    I love Bob's Burgers!!! It's a brain drain belly laugh. People that work food service get it more than say like retail people.
    Some people like it some love it some not so much. Just please don't rain on our parade.
    Bobby you go boy.

    March 12, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. nbafan

    The article forgot to mention how the show sucks and doesn't hold a candle to the likes of the Simpsons and Family Guy. Did the animators even try making a decent animated show?

    March 12, 2012 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
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