The second big-screen outing swims in more silliness and jokes that both kids and adults will enjoy.
Coming out a decade later from its predecessor (The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie, 2004), The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water still hits the hilarious gags and closeness of our Bikini Bottom friends. Just like the first film, the creators never take a lick of seriousness in these feature films, which makes SpongeBob a total blast. First airing on TV in 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has become one of the longest running cartoon series of all time.
Now, it’s never easy to stretch a 22-minute show into a 92-minute feature film, but director’s Paul Tibbitt and Mike Mitchell pulled it off. There’s just enough plot and quirky humor to keep things moving right along and Antonio Banderas kicks off the film as a live-action pirate named Burger Beard, who follows a treasure map to secure a mythical book. That book, of course, contains the story of SpongeBob SquarePants (voiced by Tom Kenny) and fills non-viewers in with the basic storyline of this famous TV show.
Plankton (voiced by Douglas Lawrence) restlessly continues to attack the Krusty Krab, where SpongeBob cooks up those delicious Krabby Patties. Mr. Krabs (voiced by Clancy Brown) holds the secret recipe for the meal, but the secret formula mysteriously disappears as SpongeBob cracks another one of Plankton’s attempts to steal it. Now, without the precious Krabby Patties Bikini Bottom emerges into complete and utter chaos. This post-apocalyptic frenzy sends everyone into leather harnesses and face masks within a matter of seconds. It’s up to nemesis SpongeBob and Plankton to team up and find the formula to save their town.
Of course, there to help them are their veteran friends: Patrick Star (voiced by Bill Fagerbakke), Squidward Tentacles (voiced by Rodger Bumpass), Sandy Cheeks (voiced by Carolyn Lawrence) and Mr. Krabs. Cue all of the secondary characters to leave the stage! The real jokes come into place when the characters leave their underwater world and travel up onto ours. SpongeBob and his friends transform from two to three dimensional characters. The gags continue as they poke fun at themselves. Once our beloved pals are up on dry land they also take on a superheroic version of themselves to take down Burger Beard.
The CG is never jarring for the viewers and always remains cartoonish keeping that spongy charm still present. One certainly does not have to be a fan of the TV show to enjoy the goofball humor, but for diehards this is a film they can eat up just like those Krabby Patties. The sponge that lives in a pineapple under the sea has become a worldwide phenomenon since he first debut. Both feature films still hold the charisma and silliness as the TV series and that’s something hard to come by. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water will keep your kids entertained and most likely throw a smile on your face here and there.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is rated PG (Parental Guidance). For mild action and rude humor.