The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Spongebob Squarepants! Absorbent and yellow and porous is he? Spongebob Squarepants! His nautical nonsense is something to wish. Spongebob Squarepants! Then drop on the deck and flop like a fish. Spongebob Squarepants!
You know the rest. What person under forty doesn’t know the tune to the Nickelodeon hit Spongebob Squarepants? It’s grown to such a level in our culture that the little sponge is now up there in the cartoon ranks of Betty Boop, Popeye, and Fred Flintstone. I remember watching the premiere of the cartoon while I was staying at a friend’s house. We were watching the Kids Choice Awards in 1999 and this unknown sea creature was next.
The reasons I liked this guy was for the same reason I liked him in the beginning; Spongebob himself is a very likable character. He’s overly optimistic, he a bit of a goofball, but he loves everyone to a core. He makes mistakes but tends to learn from them.
He’s obviously struck a cord on everyone else if he’s still around today (which of course makes me feel old). That sponge is now making his second cinematic adventure in The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
On land, a pirate named Burger Beard (played by Antonio Banderas) has obtained a magical book that tells the colorful adventures of Spongebob, yet can be rewritten at any point to change whatever goes down in Bikini Bottom. Meanwhile, Spongebob and his boss Mr. Krabs are once again stopping the evil Plankton from steeling the Krusty Krab krabby patty formula (the McGuffin of the Spongebob universe). As plankton nearly succeeds in making his latest caper, the formula suddenly vanishes out of thin air. With no way to make new krabby patties, the entire town wants Plankton dead despite his innocence.
Spongebob manages to create an escape for he and Plankton, making them fugitives. They devise a plan to build a time machine to go back before the formula was stolen. When that doesn’t work, they are nearly taken as a sacrifice, but stop when they notice the smell of the famous fast food coming from above. Knowing that they have to go above the surface, Spongebob, Patrick the starfish, Sandy the squirrel, Squidward the squid and Mr. Krabs venture forth onto the beach where they see that Burger Beard was the one who took their formula. It’s the sea creatures vs. the pirates for the krabby patty secret formula.
It was eleven years ago since we got Spongebob Squarepants: The Movie and though it’s no masterpiece, I thought it was a big step for the little sponge and remains a strong animated film from Nickelodeon. The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water pulls out all logic to give us something even goofier. I say this in a good way for fans like myself who expect a lot of the characters oddball personalities and even the show’s somewhat abstract animation.
The film’s trailers have advertised the live action sequences even though they take up only the last twenty minutes. The rest of the film is traditionally animated like the show itself. I’m not complaining, as cinema today is seriously lacking in such beauty and even takes advantage by plussing up the look of Bikini Bottom as The Simpsons Movie did for Springfield.
Though the voice actors do a good job with their established characters, Antonio Bandaris totally steels the show as the most stereotypical pirate that you would normally see at a children’s birthday party, yet is really having fun and is in on the shows goofy atmosphere. My only criticism is that while Spongebob goes through a good character growth in the first movie, here everything goes back to normal where it all started. I guess they have to keep it in sync with the cartoon, but a lesson learned would have been nice.
I’ll give this four krabby patties out of five. You’ll know if you like this movie by watching Spongebob on TV first. If you don’t like the show, your not going to be swayed by this movie, but I expect this to be a pleaser for dedicated fans.