Bouchard told The A.V. Club, “I did pitch the show [as] a family of cannibals who runs a restaurant. There’s sort of a Sweeney Todd aspect to it.”
When creator Loren Bouchard first pitched the idea of Bob’s Burgers to Fox, he had a much darker vision for the show. In his original idea, the Belchers were cannibals and their restaurant was just a cover so they could keep up their cannibalistic eating habits. The network scrapped the cannibal concept but they did incorporate the idea into the pilot when Louise spread the rumor that the family’s burgers were made of human flesh.
In the original pitch, the oldest sibling was supposed to be a boy named Daniel and stand-up comedian Dan Mintz was cast to play him. The network felt that Daniel wasn’t standing out enough and they wanted to try switching genders to see if that did the trick. In an interview with The Frame, Mintz talks about how the switch from Daniel to Tina all went down:
“I remember getting this call from Loren … I didn't answer it. He never calls me, it's always my agent or his assistant. This probably means he's calling to say I'm being re-cast. Finally I call back and he said, 'We're changing your character to a girl, but we want you to play it.’ I was like, ‘Well I can't do a girl's voice, really.’ He said, ‘Oh, it's OK, just do your own voice.’ I was very skeptical that would work, but then they sent me the actual Tina being animated with the voice ... and I was like, ‘Oh, wow, this actually works.’"
Most of the time when you are recording voiceovers for movies and TV shows the actors record separately. The come in and do their lines, then another actor comes in and fills in their lines etc. Bouchard insists that the Bob’s Burgers cast record together as a group. With some of the cast in LA and come in NYC, this can get complicated, but they make it work. “It’s a little like herding wild animals, but in a good way.” Bouchard told Splitsider.
4. They Found John Roberts Who Is The Voice Of Linda On Youtube
John Roberts filmed several comedy sketches imitating his overly dramatic mother and uploaded them on YouTube, A few of his sketches, “My Son is Gay” and “The Christmas Tree” went viral and caught the attention of Bouchard. He asked Roberts if he would be interested in using the same voice to play Linda and the rest is history.
Every episode sneaks in a new “Burger of the Day” special on the chalkboard above the restaurant’s register. The writers get super creative when naming the burgers, so make sure to check them out each episode. The restaurant features burgers like, “She’s A Super Leek”, “Don’t You Four Cheddar ‘Bout Me” and the “Child Molester Burger” that comes with candy, of course.
We love the show, but will we love the burgers? It’s about time we get to see how each of the “Burger of the Day” tastes. A fan of the show Cole Bowden started creating recipes for the burgers featured on the show. He would post his recipes online and fans flocked to his blog in order to get a taste of a Bob’s-inspired burger. Bouchard caught wind of Bowden’s creations and the two of them teamed up to make a cookbook that hit shelves on March 22, 2016.
When there is a porn made after you, then you know you’ve made it. In 2014 a 31-minute porn parody of the series was released. In the porn, Bob and Linda struggle to come up with a “Burger of the Day” special for when the “Adult Erotic Con Biz Show” hits town.
Just recently, an album was released that features 107 songs on it from the first 107 episodes of the show. The album features the main cast members Bob (Jon Benjamin), Linda (John Roberts) and their children Tina (Dan Mintz), Gene (Eugene Mirman) and Louise (Kristen Schaal) singing original songs. The album also features special guests like Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Kline, Bill Hader, Zach Galifianakis, and Fred Armisen, and musical guests Cyndi Lauper and Carly Simon.
You probably already know that H. Jon Benjamin voices both Archer and Bob from Bob’s Burgers, but did you know that Bob is in an episode of Archer? In Season 4, episode 1, Archer wakes up believing that he is, in fact, Bob Belcher. He working in Bob’s Burgers and the whole family is there as well.
Do they live in New York City? Somewhere in New Jersey? San Francisco? According to Bouchard, “It’s a semi-Springfield. It can’t be San Francisco, which is what many people think. It has all that Victorian architecture from San Francisco because I was living there when we developed the show, but we set it firmly in the Northeast because of the way Linda sounds, and Teddy… basically I picture it somewhere in the outer boroughs or on the northern Jersey shore.”
He is uncredited on IMDB, but Jon Hamm plays a talking toilet in the episode, "O.T.: The Outside Toilet." In the episode, Gene gets obsessed with the talking toilet and wants to keep it, Sadly for him, the toilet has to go back to where it came from.
The building to the right of the burger joint always has a new tenant with a fun new name like “Quilty As Charged, Quilt Shop” or “Talk To The Hand, Glove Store." Then in the second season of the show, they started switching up the van that pulls up in front of the restaurant with new name each time.
While there have been rumors here and there, the creators have no plans for a spin-off of the show. At the PaleyFest panel back in 2014, the show’s creator, Loren Bouchard, said straight up that a spin-off would be “a bad idea." You heard it from the horse’s mouth, so it is time to move on.
The creators believe that slow and steady wins the race. The show is in no rush when they are writing episodes. The creators love to work on small details and admit that some episodes have taken up to a year to produce from start to finish.