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Deadline – 20th Century Fox said today that it is making a feature film based on the Fox animated series Bob’s Burgers and has set a July 17, 2020 release date. The series is coming off an Emmy win this year for Outstanding Animated Series and took the same honor in 2014.

The series first appeared on Fox in midseason 2011. Fox Animation will produce the film.

“We’re thrilled to be invited to bring Bob’s Burgers to the big screen,” show creator Loren Bouchard said. “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. 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?!”

The series follows the lives, loves and misadventures of the Belcher family and their friends and rivals. Bob Belcher  (voice of H. Jon Benjamin) runs a hamburger restaurant in a seaside town, with his ever-optimistic wife Linda (John Roberts) and their three children: self-conscious Tina (Dan Mintz), goofball Gene (Eugene Mirman) and precocious Louise (Kristen Schaal).

“A Bob’s Burgers film fits perfectly with our initiative to redouble our family and animation efforts,” said  Twentieth Century Fox Film chairman and CEO Stacey Snider. “We’re grateful to [Fox Television Group chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden] for trusting us with this beloved property and we’re so excited to be working with Loren and his team.”

I grew up on the classic years of the Simpsons so that show will always be the GOAT of animated shows but you know what the next best thing is? Futurama’s original run actually. But after that? Bob’s motherfucking Burgers.

Bob’s Burgers is the only animated show on air right now that comes remotely close to capturing the feel of the Simpsons’ golden years. A lot of you out there might not remember it but originally the Simpsons wasn’t about the cartoonish adventures and Homer being a complete jackass to his family – it did have wacky adventures (remember when Bart was the main character and not Homer?!?) but at it’s core it was about the average American family and had a sense of hopefulness to it. Somewhere along the way the show lost that but thankfully back in 2011 Bob’s Burgers came to carry the torch. If you haven’t checked out the show yet all of the episodes are on Hulu. Here’s a brief synopsis:

Bob Belcher, along with his wife and 3 children, try to run their last hope of holding the family together, which is running Bob’s dream restaurant.

It’s a simple premise, nothing really cartoonish ever happens to them. It’s just a family getting by and the jokes come from their interactions with each other and the supporting cast. Think about any other current adult animated show. They’re either completely absurdist (Simpsons/Family Guy/Archer), Cynical as fuck (Rick & Morty/Bojack Horseman), or too bogged down in current events and politics (South Park). Bob’s Burgers doesn’t ever hit you with those real life problems or existential dread and never goes off the deep end into full blown cartoon. It just gives you jokes in a generally positive vibe with a happy family dynamic. Plus it shows how you can be a worthwhile human and have pride in yourself without being exceedingly competent.

There’s nothing wrong with the other shows but at the end of the day there is something  refreshing about watching a show that’s good natured in a way few programs are anymore. It’s never had the best ratings so I’m glad to see Fox has enough faith in the product to keep it going for the next few years and create the movie.

Let me know some of your favorite Bob’s Burger episodes in the comments below or on twitter at @dgood826