Sunday’s season premiere features Bob’s kids exploring an abandoned taffy factory. Another episode features a bank robbery near Bob’s Burgers.
“Channel 6 News, they’ll finger anything with a pulse!” Gene says when a news truck arrives on the scene.
“I’m pretty sure their slogan is their fingers’ on the pulse,” Bob corrects him.
Although not entirely unique to animation – Bart Simpson on “The Simpsons” is voiced by a woman – “Bob’s Burgers” has two primary cast members who play the opposite of their own gender. Both Bob’s wife Linda and daughter Tina are brought to life by men.
“It was different in each case,” Bouchard said. For Linda, Roberts was already doing a character on YouTube inspired by his Brooklyn-born mom, Marge.
“Around 2006 I started posting videos online,” Roberts said. “But I’ve been doing [the voice] my whole life.”
The role of Tina was originally written to be a boy but Fox executives were looking for maximum differentiation among the characters. Switching genders and retaining the same voice actor satisfied Fox executives’ concerns.
“I was very skeptical,” Mintz said of the change from playing a boy named Daniel to playing husky-voiced Tina. “They sent me a sample animation they made and it actually worked.”
To accomplish the gender change, Mintz’s voice is slightly altered – “a half semitone,” Bouchard said – from his natural voice.
“No one ever told me I have a girl’s voice,” Mintz said. “But one of my best friends, we made fun of him because he had a girl’s voice so he thought this was the funniest thing ever.”