Now in its 12th season, Bob’s burgers is a show with adorable and sincere characters and original and unique situations. As is common in many animated series, some of these situations are popular movie parodies. What is impressive Bob’s burgers is his ability to take well-worn stories and flip them over in a way that makes them unique and fun again.
It stands to reason that the modern classic sitcom will be referencing more movies throughout its run, but for now audiences have over 220 episodes to watch in order to grab some subtle (or not so) callbacks and references. subtle).
Tin Cup (1996) / Reservoir Dogs (1992) – “Moody Foodie” (Season 2, Episode 7)
Bob is always finding new names for the burgers in his restaurant possibly one of the Bob’s burgers‘funniest racing gags, but the restaurant reviewer known as Moody Foodie was not impressed.
He ends up trying Bob’s burger, but it takes a kidnapping for him to do it. During this kidnapping, with the Moody Foodie tied up in his kitchen, the movie Metal mug is mentioned. Kevin Costner’s underrated romantic comedy is maligned by Bob, although he’s never seen it. The point is made (in front of the Moody Foodie) that something should not be judged until it has been seen in its entirety. Also during the kidnapping is a cry to The infamous Reservoir Dogs torture scene. Like a deep Easter egg, Tank dogs star Michael Madsen appears in “The Moody Foodie” as Costner in Metal mug.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) – “Bob Day Afternoon” (Season 2, Episode 2)
Dog day afternoon examines a bank robbery from two distinct angles. In the film, the first perspective is that of the robbers themselves (played by Al Pacino and John Cazale) while the second is that of the police.
“Bob Day Afternoon” follows the same pattern, but with Pacino and Cazale swapped out for Bill Hader’s hilarious and eccentric Mickey (in his early days) and Gary Cole’s perfectly straightforward Sergeant Bosco. The deepest parallel between the film and the episode, however, is that neither Mickey nor Sonny of Al Pacino is the killing type. It’s a subtle detail that also reinforces Mickey’s characterization, making him a Bob’s burgers secondary character who should be part of the Belcher family.
Easy Rider (1969) – “Ear-sy Rider” (Season 3, Episode 1)
The episode responsible for one of the Bob’s burgers most heartbreaking separations is also a direct reference to Dennis Hopper Easy Rider. This classic movie starred a couple of hippies on a cross-country motorcycle ride. “Ear-sy Rider” is the first episode to feature Critter, Mudflap and the One-Eyed Snakes (a biker gang).
Louise’s humorous and manipulative attempts to get her bunny ears back from Logan (her rival in her first episode) have little to do with the late ’60s film, but her funniest scene does. . Instead of a tragic ending in which the bikers die, Louise enlists the help of the One-Eyed Snakes to recover her precious headgear. Mudflap begins giving birth, revealing that Critter is the father as opposed to the recently deceased leader. It takes several different formulations of the same simplistic information for Critter to realize he’s the father.
ET The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) – “OT The Outside Toilet” (Season 3, Episode 15)
“OT the Outside Toilet” only makes its main episode shine, but the character is a perfect companion for Gene Belcher. Additionally, a line of dialogue at the start of the episode serves as an Easter Egg for attentive viewers.
Like a parody of the classic Steven Spielberg movie AND the alien, Gene’s affection for OT is reminiscent of Elliott’s for ET. As for the Easter eggs, there’s a sneaky one when the Belcher kids crack the costume Bob wears on his way to contest a parking ticket. Louise says, “Don Draper is a bit fat this season.” Jon Hamm played Don Draper on Mad Men and also voices the titular toilet in this episode of Bob’s burgers.
A Few Good Men (1992) – “Some Gurt Men” (Season 7, Episode 11)
A few good men has already been parodied, but Bob’s burgers makes his intense scenes look like something pretty sweet. “A Few ‘Gurt Men” even adds something new to the mix with a twisted ending.
Instead of finding out who suffocated a US Navy as seen in A few good men, Louise must (at first) reluctantly represent Mr. Frond, the defendant. Mr. Ambrose by Billy Eichner, arguably one of the best Bob’s burgers characters introduced after season 1, accused him of stealing a yogurt. It turns out the real culprit was the judge. It was just a misunderstanding, but he also saw it as a chance to educate Louise about responsibility and compassion. The main common thread between Good and “’Gurt” is that Louise and Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) are initially reluctant in their defensive duties. Then the two characters change their minds and give their all.
The Hunger Games (2012) – “The Oeder Games” (Season 5, Episode 21)
“The Oeder Games” went in a funnier direction than The hunger Games‘a violent. In the episode, there is a similar elimination game, but this one is for the Belchers to emerge victorious in a water balloon fight.
Bob organizes his roommates into a crowd to protest Mr. Fischoeder’s impending rent hike. This doesn’t go well with Bob, naturally, and their bizarre owner suggests a challenge. As The hunger Games separates his dystopian America into quarters, Mr. Fischoeder separates all his tenants into teams by family. If only one family member is the last person standing, that family will have their rent reduced. It’s a smart take on the survival game angle and leads to one of Bob’s most infuriated freakouts.
Dawn of the Dead (1978) – “Dawn of the Picot” (season 5, episode 4)
Maybe one of the Bob’s burgers funniest episodes, “Dawn of the Peck” begins with a reference not to Dawn of the Dead corn jurassic park. A Wonder Wharf employee tries to wedge a soft pretzel in a cage only to be pulled forward violently.
The episodes then go to referencing Dawn of the Dead. Due to the typical neglect of Felix Fischoeder, the Belchers and everyone else on the dock are terrorized by hungry and angry turkeys. Instead of the mall setting of the classic zombie, “Dawn of the Peck” takes place in the dreaded Fischoeders theme park, which, thankfully, means a comeback appearance from Mickey.
The Goonies (1985) – “The Belchies” (Season 2, Episode 1)
In The Goonies, a group of children are trying to save their home from foreclosure. The Bob’s burgers The episode “The Belchies” not only has a reference to Richard Donner’s film in its title, but it also begins by establishing that a piece of property (in this case a factory) will soon be demolished.
References to The Goonies Don’t stop there, as the episode’s narrative follows a similar trajectory to the movie’s plot. Teddy makes a card that kids take seriously, even if it’s just a “three-poop ass.” Taff (a man-shaped block of the factory taffy) is a game about Sloth. Plus, just as Cyndi Lauper contributed “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough” to the movie, here she is contributing an equally fun song called “Taffy Butt”. Even a line from the episode’s closing song references The Goonies treasure hunt.
Jaws (1975) / The Exorcist (1973) – “The Deepening” (Season 3, Episode 6)
“The Deepening” is a clear parody of Jaws to the point of reconstructing famous scenes. This includes small details right down to the clothes of the characters. However, there is also a reference to another major horror film.
At the restaurant, Bob, his family and Teddy are talking Deepening 3, a 3D shark movie that was shot in their region. According to Bob, the nerdy film also starred Linda Blair, star of The Exorcist. It’s a throwaway line that those unfamiliar with Blair will not miss.
Working Girl (1988) / Die Hard (1988) – “Work Hard Or Die Trying, Girl” (Season 5, Episode 1)
Bob’s burgers merged two very different movie classics from 1988 into the perfect cocktail. Starting as competing pieces based on Die hard and A hard worker before finally merging into one performance, the episode is packed with inventive and fun songs.
The fact that the songs work and feel like they came from a true musical adaptation of either movie is pretty impressive, but there’s an extra Easter egg, too. At the end of the episode, a woman who appears to be Carly Simon is seated next to Bob. Simon contributed the closing song for this episode just as she contributed “Let the River Run” to the soundtrack of A hard worker.
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