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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
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FOX has been a network that is never afraid to give animated shows a shot to prove themselves. Throughout the years, staples like “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” have held down the Sunday night primetime slots. FOX has tried countless other shows to round out their animation lineup, but never really found anything outside of those two shows that really stuck. That was until 2011 when a lovable family living in the fictional town of Seymour’s Bay came along with their burger restaurant that didn’t get very many customers outside of their favorite regular, Teddy.

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Bob (H. Joh Benjamin), Linda (John Roberts), Tina (Dan Mintz), Gene (Eugene Mirman) and Louise (Kristen Schaal) make up the Belcher family that runs the shop across the street from the more successful Jimmy Pesto’s pizza shop. While the Belchers might not be the most successful, it always seems like they mean very well and just happen to come up short. However, that was not always the original plan.

Loren Bouchard (who created “Home Movies” and “Lucy, The Daughter of the Devil”) had a different route in mind with “Bob’s Burgers” when he pitched the show to FOX. Bouchard said that the Belchers were always going to operate a burger store, but they weren’t only going to be cooking up beef. Bouchard claimed “I originally thought the show should be about a family that runs a restaurant who are cannibals.”

That’s right, the Belchers were going to be eating some of their customers. Bouchard was asked by FOX “Well, do you need the cannibalism?” Bouchard decided to give it some thought and said “I had really put it in there because I thought they would want it. I’m coming off of working for Adult Swim, and the darker, more shocking aspect seemed like what you needed in order for an animated idea to cut through the nose.”

FOX probably would have picked up “Bob’s Burgers” anyway because of the quality in the writing and likeable characters, but they were continuing to suggest that the cannibal aspect be dropped. FOX executive Suzanna Makkos finally convinced Bouchard to switch plans when he was asked “Do you want to do 100 episodes worth of cannibal jokes?” Realizing how hard that would be, Bouchard made the Belchers a normal family. Though the original pilot for the show used a cannibalistic plot when there were rumors around the town that the Belchers were using humans in their meat, which is one of the reasons they weren’t getting any business.

The original plot also might explain while the Belchers operate their burger store right next to a funeral home. In the opening credits, you can see that the store located on the other side of Bob’s Burgers always changes. This has been seen by hardcore fans as an ode to the fact that the Belchers’ cannibalistic ways always ended in the new next door neighbor’s demise when they became hamburger meat.

The cannibal aspect of “Bob’s Burgers” isn’t the only fun tidbit about the show. Tina, the eldest child of the Belchers, was originally a character named Daniel (after the voice actor Dan Mintz). The producers decided to change the eldest child from a boy to a girl, and it made for an interesting dynamic where there is only one female voice of the family (Kristen Schaal) despite the fact that there are three females.

A lot of the fans that are very much into “Bob’s Burgers” might have known some of these facts, but you have to be quite dedicated. These fans are also the same ones that pitched together enough money to start a “Bob’s Burgers” cookbook where you can make some of the burgers that are shown on the chalkboard in the store that changes every week just like the name of the store next door.

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