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The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Updated on March 9, 2015

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Director: Paul Tibbitt

Writers: Glenn Berger, Jonathan Aibel, Paul Tibbitt, Stephen Hillenburg

Cast: Antonio Banderas

Voice Cast: Eric Bauza, Tim Conway, Eddie Deezen, Rob Paulsen, Kevin Michael Richardson, April Stewart, Cree Summer, Billy West, Carlos Alazraqui, Nolan North, Paul Tibbitt, Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Mr. Lawrence, Jill Talley, Dee Bradley Baker, Clancy Brown, Carolyn Lawrence, Mary Jo Catlett, Lori Alan

Synopsis: When a diabolical pirate above the sea steals the secret Krabby Patty formula, SpongeBob and his nemesis Plankton must team up in order to get it back.

MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild action and rude humor

Spongebob Squarepants Intro

Stevennix2001's Rating:

8 / 10

Pros:


- Voice acting was great

- Jokes were funny

- The film moved at a nice pace

- Direction was good

- The story was fairly decent

- 3-D cinematography was great

Cons:

- Story might be a bit too random for some people

- Certain elements were ripped off from previous episodes

- The CGI animation seemed a bit cheap, but it didn't ruin the film.

The Spongebob movie!!!!

Like the TV show, "The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" is basically filled with random humor and moronic stupidity that you're either going to love or hate; depending on what your views are about the TV show. If you're a huge fan of the show, then chances are you're probably going to love this movie. If you've never liked the show before, then I doubt anything about this film will convert you.

Unlike the last movie, it's not exactly clear when this one takes place within the show's overall timeline. However, all the characters remain static throughout most of the film, with hardly any major changes to the timeline anyway, so I guess it doesn't matter.

The story starts off with Plankton trying to steal the famous Krabby Patty formula from Mr. Krabs again. Meanwhile, a vicious pirate named Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas) schemes to steal the formula for himself, while using a magical book to make that happen.

Needless to say, hijinks and mischief ensues, as it leads to our characters traveling through time and space. Crossing paths with a godlike dolphin, to inevitably attaining super powers to take on Burger Beard in the human world. If you thought the show was random as hell, then you ain't seen nothing yet until you've seen this film adaptation, as it takes the word "random" to a whole new level.

If your a die hard Spongebob fan, then some of the elements to this story might seem like something of a rip off of previous episodes. For starters, you have Plankton scheming to steal the Krabby Patty formula AGAIN for the millionth time. You see our characters bravely marching into dry land, and they're attacked by birds, which eerily reminiscent to the episode when Sandy and Spongebob debated who was better between land and sea critters.

You also have our protagonists becoming superheroes, which is reminiscent of when they did it on the TV show a while back in season 3. However, the only notable difference is that they become superheroes on dry land, and they're in glorious CGI animation mixed into the real world.

Apart from certain parts of the story being a tad unoriginal, most of the film is fairly entertaining to watch. The characters are enjoyable, and they're good for a few laughs. Heck, I was even surprised by Antonio Banderas' comedic performance, as he really hams it up as the infamous Burger Beard.

As for the animation itself, I wouldn't let the trailers fool you because majority of this film is actually in traditional hand drawn animation; similar to what you see on the TV show all the time. Sure, there's still that one scene involving CGI characters interacting with the real world, but that doesn't happen until last ten minutes of the film. Therefore, if you're expecting this movie to be something of a CGI live action hybrid, then you'll probably be disappointed.

But for what we do get though, the animation isn't that bad. The traditional hand drawn parts are fairly detailed, while the live action parts are done fairly well. As for the CGI animation, I can't say it's anything that's impressive because it looks obliviously fake. If this were a TV movie, then i might cut it some slack considering it would have a much smaller budget to work with. However, after we've seen so many other CGI live action hybrid films in the past, the CGI in this latest Spongebob film seems kind of cheap by comparison. Sure, they seem to do a good job on Sandy Squirrel (once they revert to their superhero forms that is), but the rest of the characters seem a bit out of place in the real world.

Overall though, "The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" isn't the best animated film that I've seen, nor would I say it deserves to get any kind of Oscar nomination for next year. However, it's an enjoyable animated movie that I'm sure the entire family will enjoy.

And if you get a chance to see it in 3-D, then it's worth the extra few bucks because the 3-D elements are amazing. If you're a huge fan of the franchise, or you have kids that love the show, then you don't want to miss out on this animated epic.

© 2015 Steven Escareno

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