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The Bob’s Burgers Movie: Why Louise Lights up the Screen

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For over ten years, Bob’s Burgers has been grilling up exciting plotlines, from hilarious familial pickles to meaty interpersonal conflicts. Long-time fans of the series have been clamoring for a movie since its humble beginning, and now, their respective waits are finally over. Though the film was initially announced in 2017, production was delayed for reasons obvious to anyone not living underneath a rock for the past few years. The Bob’s Burgers Movie was finally released in 2022.

Of course, all the bombastic Belchers returned for The Bob’s Burgers Movie. The cast includes H. Jon Benjamin (Archer, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp) as the perturbed patriarch Bob Belcher, John Roberts (Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Watch What Happens: Live

) as doting mother Linda Belcher, Dan Mintz (Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time, Nathan for You) as the awkward, endearing Tina Belcher, Eugene Mirman (Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver) as the quirky Eugene Belcher, and Kristen Schaal (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Bill & Ted Face the Music) as the sassy yet sincere youngest child Louise Belcher. Among this impressive cast, however, one name stands alone.

Here’s why Kristen Schaal’s Louise Belcher lights up the screen in The Bob’s Burgers Movie.

First and foremost, credit for Louise’s essential role in The Bob’s Burgers Movie needs to be given in large part to the voice talent behind the youngest Belcher, Kristen Schaal. She has voiced the youngest Belcher from the beginning of the series. Through her incredible voice-acting ability, she has made Louise into an ever-present voice of eye-rolling reason amidst the eccentric antics of the Belcher family.

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In the film, Kristen Schaal is tasked with pursuing emotional alleyways that have previously been left unexplored in her long-time performance as the youngest Belcher. In The Bob’s Burgers Movie, Louise becomes much more than a comedic foil and must confront her own limitations to save the family’s floundering burger restaurant. Without the capable Kristen Schaal at the helm, the character of Louise may not have been up to the task.

One of the best scenes in The Bob’s Burgers Movie took place in Carnyopolis, a previously unseen (in the television series) trailer park on the outskirts of Wonder Wharf amusement park that many of the park’s carnies call home. When a sinkhole opens up in front of the Bob’s Burgers restaurant, the body of Cotton Candy Dan, a carnie formerly employed by Wonder Wharf, is discovered. The children seek the assistance of the local carnies in finding his true killer.

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