EDITORIAL: MAY I TAKE YOUR ORDER?

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J. Patten

Makaela Patten, Staff Writer

I’m sure you’ve heard of the cartoon “Bob’s Burgers” that airs on Fox on Sunday nights. The comedy series follows a family of five who own a restaurant called; you guessed it, Bob’s Burgers. The family includes Bob the dad, Linda the mom, and their three children, Tina, Jean, and Louise. Tina, played by Dan Mintz, is the oldest (13) and is socially awkward, boy crazy, and a horse lover. Jean, played by Eugene Mirman, is the middle child (11) and is an aspiring musician and a prankster. Louise, played by Kristen Schaal, is the youngest (9), most enthusiastic, and has an off-balance sense of humor; she is the funniest character in my opinion. Bob worked in his father’s restaurant when he was younger, then branched out to start his own business after his father restricted his creativity in the kitchen. He later meets Linda, and they have their three kids. They work hard with the little money they have to make ends meet. Helping them along the way are their two best customers, Teddy, a carpenter/handyman, and Mort, the owner of the Crematorium next door, while also adding even more comedic value to the show.

For me, this show is not one that will be easily forgotten. The animation is unique, especially with the style the characters are drawn in. Unlike the new stuff, it looks like it could be straight out of the 90’s with that slightly ‘unpolished’ look, while keeping fresh humor. All the episodes are hilarious in their own ways, and different, which is something rare in T.V. shows. Recently, episodes are running together with no diversity. Another thing you don’t see in newer cartoons is the strong chemistry between the characters. You can really see the love between the family, and the relationships with the other people in the town, even though it is sometimes expressed unusual ways. The hidden or ‘inside’ jokes are my favorite, some taking a couple of watches to fully understand. Some other fun things they do is change the ‘Burger of the Day’ every episode, all having funny and clever names, and in each episode during the title sequence the pest-control van that pulls up in front of the restaurant changes. Some of my favorites have to be “Working for the squeak-end”, “Oh No You Roden’t”, “Sugar & Spice and a Lot of Dead Mice”, “Sprays Anatomy”, “Ants Not In Your Pants”, and “So You Think You Have Ants?” Me and my best friend Faith Horton, an eigth grader at Heritage Middle, love the cartoon so much we even dressed up  as our favorite characters, Tina and Louise.  All in all, Bob’s Burgers is my favorite show, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fun series to get into!