Bob’s Burgers has had several guest stars lend their voices to the show, from John Oliver as an animal acting agent to Zach Galifianakis as Mr. Fischoeder’s eccentric failed brother. Even Patton Oswalt, who voiced Remy de Ratatouille, He appeared for a single episode in Season 2, Episode 7, “Moody Foodie”, as the titular critic. Enjoying very much taking down cooks, Moody Foodie is more like Ratatouille’s cynical critic, Ego, than Remy.
Moody Foodie is an infamous critic who has tarnished the reputations of several restaurants owned by Bob’s friends. Reggie, a delicatessen owner, has discovered that he has a system, predicting that Bob’s Burgers is next. While his friends warn him that Moody Foodie wears costumes and may ruin his business, Bob isn’t taking this seriously at the moment; However, after seeing a man in a Hasidic Jew costume, Bob and his family freak out, ruining customer service and food.
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The review is brutal and says that Bob’s food is “over the top and dry.” Even Mort says this review is a success and Teddy, Bob’s most loyal customer, can’t enjoy his regular burger without thinking about the review. Moody Foodie has a line of praise, stating that, “the best part of the meal was the napkin that I spit my food on.”
Not only is this review initially turning customers away, but Mr. Fischoeder prematurely begins showing the restaurant to new tenants, and Bob even has nightmares about starting a cubicle job after searching the classifieds. Fortunately, Bob doesn’t give up and goes to the Moody Foodie house to remake it.
At first this seems like a good idea, but Moody Foodie disagrees, stating that they would rather have someone leave a bag of flaming poop on their doorstep than eat another Bob burger. The chef insists that he get a second chance, wanting to prove to the critic that he is a good cook, but Moody Foodie refuses to give Bob a chance.
This is the antithesis of Ratatouille’s message. The film tries not to underestimate someone for preconceived notions and to give them the opportunity to prove themselves. Chef Gusteau’s entire premise was that anyone can cook, and Remy not only proves it to himself, Ego and Colette, but also realizes that he is guilty of judging others, like Linguini, before trying.
In fact, Moody Foodie looks a lot like Ego, aka Grim Eater, and they both have a respected but terrifying reputation. Where Gusteau believed that anyone could cook, Ego believed this was impossible, like Moody Foodie. Plus, they both take pleasure in giving bad reviews, even leading to the ruin of a restaurant and its chef. For Ego, his review of Gusteau’s lowered his star rating, and the chef died shortly after, presumably of a broken heart. Meanwhile, Bob could lose his business and his home if things don’t change.
Similarly, both of them realize the error of their ways at their own pace. When Ego walks in to review Gustea’s under his new chef, he expects to give him a bad review. In fact, he was offended by Gustea’s return and was eager to remind diners that this place was far from good. However, after giving food a try, he remembers when he fell in love with food. Even after learning that the chef was a rat, he writes a glowing review and finally agrees with Gusteau, stating that “a great artist can come from anywhere.”
Moody Foodie, on the other hand, is unwilling to give in to the idea that anyone can cook to the end, especially since Bob is holding him hostage for not tasting his food. However, Bob learns his own lesson, which is that he shouldn’t let a bad review consume him. He makes lemons with lemonade, giving discounts to those who bring the bad reviews, keeping the business afloat.
Moody Foodie also learns from this experience when he is about to call the police about Bob. While he’s waiting for someone to pick him up, he eats Bob’s hamburger, and it’s so good that he forgets the responder at the end of the line. While he doesn’t publicly admit that he was wrong, or advertise that Bob’s food is worth trying, he realizes that chefs just have a rough day sometimes. Oswalt’s roles in Ratatouille Y Bob’s Burgers They are polarizing, one is a cynical critic and the other a hopeful chef; however, in the end, they come to the same conclusion that anyone can cook.
Created by Loren Bouchard, Bob’s Burgers stars H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, and Kristen Schaal. The new episodes air Sundays at 9:00 pm ET / PT on Fox.
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