I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Bob’s Burger table read of “Long Time Listener, First Time Bob” at the North Hollywood Studio on Friday, May 11th. It was my first table read, so I was very excited and it was also my first time at Bob’s Burgers studio office! After the entertaining reading with H. Jon Benjamin (Bob Belcher), Kristen Schaal (Louise Belcher), Dan Mintz (Tina Belcher), John Roberts (Linda Belcher), Loren Bouchard (creator), and guest stars Ron Fuches (Patrick), Nick Offerman (Clem) and Rob Huebel (Vance). I was able to have a one-on-one conversation with Jim Dauterive, writer and developer of Bob’s Burgers. During the interview, we discussed the process of creating an animated show for Fox.
Originally, when Jim came to Hollywood, he had no ambitions of becoming a writer for animation. He wanted to write for films, but the opportunity to presented itself when he wrote some spec scripts for a few television shows. By 1996, he was hired for King of the Hill to bring a more realistic portrayal of Texans in the series. Jim treated writing King of the Hill as writing for a live action scripted series, which wasn’t hard for him to do since it’s such a naturalistic setting. In that way Bob’s Burgers is similar to King of the Hill. Both shows are pretty realistic, discounting the occasional fantasy scenes. The Bob’s Burgers character work in a restaurant and they have natural, organic dialogue. Jim even jokes that Texans call King of the Hill a documentary. Fox has used The Simpsons as the seed to grow the animated series with teaming up experienced staff with new creative talent. Simpsons as an established series is a template for their other animated series. They take an established Fox series showrunner and pair with a new talented creator to establish a winning team who can navigate the business of TV while allowing them free reign to make a unique show that fits the lineup. That’s how Jim and Lorne teamed up after Fox ordered Bob’s Burger. For Family Guy, David Zuckerman of King of the Hill was paired with Seth Macfarlane. Even before the start of Fox animations, The Simpsons showrunner Matt Groening was paired with James Brooks and Sam Simon.
It takes about nine months after the table read for the animators to finish an episode and have it ready to be viewed on air. Sometimes they will save five or six episodes that will air the next season. Jim said there is no linear schedule they follow, but they do make holiday episodes like the Halloween episode “The Wolf of Wharf Street” follow a schedule. The most recent Bob’s Burgers episode, “Boywatch”, was written a year and a half ago, but Jim wanted to wait until it was summertime-ish to air it. There is truly no strict order they follow when it comes to releasing episodes.
For “Long Time Listener, First Time Bob”, Scott Jacobson pitched the idea, and Loren approved it. The episode idea then goes through the writers who will help Scott structure the story. Scott will make an outline that must be approved, and once it was approved he wrote the script. Then following Loren’s notes, the writers will edit the script. The final script rewrites always occur the night before the table read. According to Jim, the voice actors will be recorded Wednesday, and the animators will listen in to see how the animations will work in the episode. This process is obviously long and very collaborative, so episodes are not finished until they are about to be aired.
Jim describes the show as a family environment, where for the most part the staff have been together since the beginning. The writers are always in a great mood, and their work environment is very conducive to doing a great show. It shows in the quality and tone of the show. The lightheartedness and positivity in each episode is a also a reflection of the work room. I believe that has contributed to the longevity of this show, and I’m excited to see what they plan to do next season.
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The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book Written by Loren Bouchard and The Writers of Bob’s Burgers, Contribution by Cole Bowden
This is the perfect gift for any Bob’s Burgers (Fox) or just burger fan that is available to order or pick up at brick and mortar bookstores. I was able to chat with creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard and executive producer Jim Dauterive at San Diego Comic Con this past summer where they mentioned the book release (sadly SOMEONE turned my mic off <boo hoo> so no audio). I recommend giving them the book with either a gift certificate to a new burger joint or with cooking implements, buns/bread and gift certificate for the grocery store or butcher to buy good beef or make vegetarian with beef substitute so that they try recipes themselves!
But it’s always a blast to talk with the the team and cast of my favorite adult/family friendly animated series.
Interview with Bob’s Burgers: H. Jon Benjamin, Larry Murphy & John Roberts via @YouTube
Interview with Bobs Burgers: Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman & Kristen Schaal via @YouTube
BUY THIS BOOK
The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book: Real Recipes for Joke Burgers
Written by Loren Bouchard and The Writers of Bob’s Burgers, Contribution by Cole Bowden
The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book gives hungry fans their best chance to eat one of Bob Belcher’s beloved specialty Burgers of the Day in seventy-five original, practical recipes. With its warm, edgy humor, outstanding vocal cast, and signature musical numbers, Bob’s Burgers has become one of the most acclaimed and popular animated series on television, winning the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program and inspiring a hit ongoing comic book and original sound track album. Now fans can get the ultimate Bob’s Burgers experience at home with seventy-five straight from the show but actually edible Burgers of the Day.Recipes include the “Bleu is the Warmest Cheese Burger,” the “Bruschetta-Bout-It Burger,” and the “Shoot-Out at the OK-ra Corral Burger (comes with Fried Okra).” Serve the “Sweaty Palms Burger (comes with Hearts of Palm)” to your ultimate crush, just like Tina Belcher, or ponder modern American literature with the “I Know Why the Cajun Burger Sings Burger.” Fully illustrated with all-new art in the series’s signature style, The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book showcases the entire Belcher family as well as beloved characters including Teddy, Jimmy Pesto Jr., and Aunt Gayle. All recipes come from the fan-created and heavily followed blog “The Bob’s Burger Experiment.”
About the Author
Loren Bouchard is the Emmy-winning creator and producer of Bob’s Burgers, cocreator of Home Movies, and writer and producer of Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. Cole Bowden started the cult favorite Tumblr blog the Bob’s Burger Experiment, which has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, Vulture, Serious Eats, The AV Club, Nerdist, and NPR’s food blog, The Salt.
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BIG HEROES! BIG VILLAINS! AND BIGGER ADVENTURES this week, Share Your Universe with a brand new episode of MARVEL’S HULK AND THE AGENTS OF S.M.A.S.H. this Sunday at 8:00am/7:00c inside the Marvel Universe on Disney XD.
I’d like to introduce you to ….
“Spirit of Vengeance,” is the first time fan-favorite Ghost Rider appears on Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
I’ve always had a soft spot for Ghost Rider because of my Harley Davidson motorcycle love. It’s one of the characters that is visually so interesting and different than most Marvel characters. Now is your chance to see how he looks on the Disney XD series MARVEL’S HULK AND THE AGENTS OF S.M.A.S.H. Of course he’ll have the chain, the motorcycle, likely no helmut but his head is a skull so it’s OK! I find the S.M.A.S.H. team fascinating since it’s all the Hulks I grew up including the Hulkette aka She-Hulk (who’s a great female character with a rich backstory). Get up early or DVR the new episode tomorrow, Sunday, June 14th 8am/7c on Marvel Universe Disney XD ‘Spirit of Vengeance’ where Hulk clashes with Ghost Rider who want to make Red & Abomination pay for their past bad behavior!
Watch as Hulk attempts to save Red from the Ghost Rider!
While escorting Abomination to stand trial for his crimes, the Hulks runs into Ghost Rider, who has come to make both Abomination and Red atone for the wrongful deeds of their past in an all-new MARVEL’S HULK AND THE AGENTS OF S.M.A.S.H. airing Sunday, June 14 at 8:00am/7:00c in the Marvel Universe on Disney XD.
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Who’s your favorite Hulk?
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No not a star but will get to live out my voice actor fantasy thanks to the Nickelodeon booth i get to test out the interactive voice-record room with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) Donatello and Michelangelo. Well the voice-record room lets you do a VO for select scenes from beloved Nick TV Shows from the beginning like Rugrats and Spongebobs to their newest TMNT, the Legend of korra, Avatar and more! I’m hoping for Invader Zim and the Ren & Stimpy show but I LOVED the humor and voices from them. Really if I have time I’m going to do them ALL! bwa ha ha (had a Zim moment)!!! Did I mention that you might have the opportunity to pitch an original animated project for their first ever open call???? Nick’s animation development team be at the booth from Thursday to Saturday (July 24 – 26) looking for new shows to greenlight for it’s Global Animated Shorts program! I’m so excited to check out the booth so that I can try the Gif, take photos, pitch a show idea (not sure where i’ll find the time and/or idea but what the heck) and just see how the exhibit booth will look this year! I’m going on a limb and going to say that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be HUGE but they have such a great roster of shows that everyone will find a beloved show from childhood … well I watch them still (but I’m a kid at heart) that they’ll want to keep as a momento!
So make sure you head over to the Nick booth and get ready to live out your cartoon geek dreams! Who knows maybe you’ll see .. wait HEAR my toon voice and see my idea on Nick!
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The Archer Live! Tour, featuring the all-star cast and producers of FX’s hit original animated comedy series, is coming to Club Nokia on Saturday, November 9th at 8:00pm. The Archer Live Tour is a must-see for every Archer fan!
Archer Live! features a moderated discussion, a live reading of classic scenes from the Emmy® Award nominated series, and an audience Q&A with the all-star cast where fans will have a chance to get the inside scoop on their favorite show. Talent appearances include H. Jon Benjamin as Agent Sterling Archer, Aisha Tyler as Agent Lana Kane, Amber Nash as Pam Poovey, Lucky Yates as Krieger, and executive producer Matt Thompson.
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I have to say that this years 2013 SDCC WB Bags are AWESOME!!! I am kerflunked that they have capes and am screaming at how awesome they are. I want a bag RIGHT NOW and run up and down the street with my own cape! tee hee I’m such a geek that I used to play superhero as a child in my grandparent’s backyard all the time with Halloween being every day as my favorite hero! What bag are you dreaming about getting? My heart is set on Arrow or Revolution …. hmmm The Following with Kevin Bacon would be cool too! I can’t make up my mind so will leave it up to fate. But get ready to see me flying with my cape after wednesday!
WARNER BROS. AND COMIC-CON TURN FANS INTO SUPER HEROES WITH
OFFICIAL BAG OF SDCC 2013 — COMPLETE WITH CAPE!
Collectible Backpacks & Detachable Capes Highlight TV’s
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As a total fanboy .. well fangirl it was really fun to interview Dave Filoni the director of Cartoon Network’s (CN) Star Wars: the Clone Wars. I got the opportunity to ask him about the upcoming Season 5 of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series that’s scheduled to air in September of 2012 about what it’s like to work with George Lucas, being on the Skywalker Ranch of and of course projecting my own geeky curiosity. I’m sure I’m not the only person who grew up loving Star Wars and fantasized about working for George Lucas .. well in my case BEING George Lucas able to create stories out of my dreams, characters that would move the story closer to my fantasy (Jar Jar NEVER existed!). It was really fun chatting with him about growing up and into the man who’s helming Star Wars the Clone Was and I got a great interview which has been uploaded to cherrylosangeles @youtube.
Now for a lot of people you’ll have seen his work but may not know his name since he’s behind the camera. First off he’s the director of the the 2008 feature film Star Wars: The Clone Wars (animated) and the supervising director of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series on Cartoon Network. He’s directed animated series on a variety of networks including Nickolodeon’s the Last Airbender, ABC’s the Oblongs, Fox’s King of the Hill and Disney’s American Dragon: Jake Long.
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