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‘Archer’ Season 4 Plotting ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Crossover, Seriously

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Hurm. While you’d be hard-pressed not to recognize (or for that matter, love) H. Jon Benjamin’s deadpan dulcet tones across both ‘Archer‘ and ‘Bob’s Burgers,’ you’d certainly never expect to hear them together.  After all, when was the last time cartoons crossed over that weren’t created by Seth MacFarlane? Strange a concept as it might seem, ‘Archer’ season 4 will serve up some of ‘Bob’s Burgers.’ But how?

In a rather surprising twist, Entertainment Weekly has revealed that the fourth season of FX’s hit spy cartoon ‘Archer’ will feature the characters of FOX series ‘Bob’s Burgers’ for an episode, the titular characters of both series voiced by renowned voice actor H. Jon Benjamin. No mere stunt or cut-away gag, the episode will see Archer as the burger-flipping grillmaster Bob, uncovering his expert super-spy abilities.

Says Benjamin of the plot:

It’s like a ‘Bourne Identity’-type plotline. It starts off with Archer as Bob, making hamburgers, but he doesn’t know that he’s Archer. He’s at the restaurant and these, like, I think Russian thugs come in, and Bob dispatches them expertly. And then he’s like, What just happened? How did I do that? So he has to try to figure out why he’s so good at killing people.

Benjamin noted that while ‘Bob’s Burgers’ creator Loren Bouchard also created cult comedy cartoon hit ‘Home Movies,’ featuring one of Benjamin’s famous roles, the idea for the cross-over came solely from ‘Archer’ creator Adam Reed. Joining the crossover is fellow ‘Bob’s Burgers’ actor John Roberts, voicing Bob’s wife Linda as on the FOX series. None of the children will be present, however.

Finally, Benjamin clarified that the ‘Bob’s Burgers’ characters would be animated in the ‘Archer’ style, “but with all the accoutrements and characteristics of the [Bob’s] characters.” Admittedly, Benjamin puts forth that “It is a little weird, because you have to be a fan of both to understand it. But you don’t have to know about ‘Bob’s Burgers’ to enjoy it.”

What say you? Do you think putting the ‘Bob’s Burgers’ characters on ‘Archer’ can work, or do you smell another cheap cartoon crossover? Give us your take in the comments below!

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