Not even a global pandemic can stop Bob’s Burgers. The Emmy Award-winning animated Fox series has continued to be in production even during the coronavirus shutdown. Everyone has been working from home and that means season 11 will debut September 27.
The premiere date was announced during the show’s Comic-Con@Home panel on Friday. Creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard was joined by voice cast members H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman, Dan Mintz, and Larry Murph, as well as producers Nora Smith and Janelle Momary.
One of the upcoming episodes in season 11 will seem like a reference to COVID-19 but it was written prior to the pandemic. “Worms of In-Rear-ment” is based on Smith’s experience knowing two people who had pinworms in their butts. The episode includes a lot of handwashing and other very timely jokes. “It just seemed like a fun pandemic story,” Smith said. “And then this happened and I was like, ‘People are going to think we’re joking about it.’… I’m hoping that people think of it was an escape to a more fun pandemic.”
In the premiere, “Dream a Little Bob of Bob,” we will go on an epic quest into Bob’s dreams while in a Halloween episode, fans will finally get to see inside the hotel at the end of the Belcher’s street. Some of the other episodes fans can look forward to in season 11 include the return of Linda’s parents in “Terminals of Endearment,” a Thanksgiving special called “Diarrhea of a Poopy Kid,” Bob falling in love with the Italian kitchen in the Fishodor brothers’ new club in “Copa-Bob-ana,” and the show’s 200th episode, “Bob Belcher and Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Kids.”
The creative team and vocal cast have also been hard at work on Bob’s Burger: The Movie. “It’s absolutely coming out,” Bouchard said. “It has to come out. We got to stop working on it at some point.” The film was originally set to hit theaters on July 17 but was pushed back to April 9, 2021.
In everything they produce, Bouchard said they are trying to create a show (or movie) that does “good” and has value. He highlighted their efforts to bring more women into animation. Smith added on that they have always tried to consciously make the female characters on their show as funny as possible to reflect the reality that there are so many funny women in our world.
Bouchard also affirmed their decision to have male actors voice female characters by commenting that gender is fluid. Schaal suggested they could take that idea further in the future by having more male characters voiced by female voice actors, including ones with higher-pitched voices, the same way they have several female characters whose actors have low-pitched voices.
The Comic-Con@Home panel also included a few fan questions such as will Louise ever get a pet (Schaal thinks she could hide it in her room) and if we’ll ever meet Linda’s friend Ginger (probably not because Bouchard loves driving fans crazy). We did nearly get a longer answer to what happened to Mr. Fishodor’s eye but the scene in the movie was deemed a bit too graphic and was eventually cut. So for now, Felix simply accidentally poked his brother in the eye sometime in the past.
While the team is excited to be able to deliver more of Bob’s Burgers to fans, working from home hasn’t been without a few challenges, some bigger than others. Momary missed the collaborative atmosphere they’d built up over the last ten seasons, including those hallway conversations that sometimes lead to small changes that elevate entire episodes. But she gives a lot of credit to their entire team for jumping into working from home so fast.
It hasn’t been all bad for the voice artists. Roberts is enjoying having a certain companion with him while he’s home. “What I like about recording at home is that I can have my dog on my lap, which you [Bouchard] never let me do at the studio,” he teased.
However, Schaal joked that she simply missed going places and seeing people who told her how great she is. “I guess I really need a lot of praise,” she quipped.
Bob’s Burgers returns with season 11 on Fox on September 27.
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