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2004
Rated: G
Genre: Kids/Family Animated Comedy Adventure
Directed By: Stephen Hillenburg, Sherm Cohen
Running Time: 1:39
Review by: Felix Vasquez Jr.
Review Date: 3/21/06
DVD Features:
Trailers - 1. Original Theatrical Trailer
2. Submarine Teaser Trailer
Featurettes - 1. THE ABSORBING TALE BEHIND THE SPONGEBOB SQUARPANTS MOVIE
2. THE SPONGBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE (Animatic Feature)
3. SAVING THE SURF
4. CASE OF THE SPONGBOB
THQ Spongebob Squarepants Game Demo
If you like this, try: Finding Nemo, Shark's Tale, The Brave Little Toaster, The Jetsons Movie

THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE

 

I'm a big fan of the "Spongebob Squarepants" series. I love Spongebob, I love Patrick, and I think the show is possibly one of the funniest series to come along in years. So, it was only a matter of time until one of the highest grossing series on Nickelodeon, and one of their most moneymaking franchises would be transformed in to a feature film. However, I grew weary when the news arrived simply because Nickelodeon has taken their best shows and turned them in to really awful movies. From "Hey Arnold!" and "Rugrats", they've turned all their best in to the absolute worse. Can they take the random, hilarious humor, and excellent animation and turn it in to a ninety minute film with the same
aspects? Well, they come pretty damn close! I'm surprised to say that the "Spongebob Squarepants Movie" is many times just as funny and as random as the television series was, and I enjoyed it. And this time they're packed with Scarlett Johansson, Jeffery Tambor, Alec Baldwin and--David Hasselhoff?!

Regardless, the new film involves Spongebob who is up for a promotion in the new Krusty Krab restaurant opening up. Unfortunately, Spongebob doesn't get the job, but Plankton has stolen King Neptune's crown and thinks Mr. Krabs did it. Now to save his life, Spongebob and Patrick have to travel to a forbidden city to track down Neptune's crown, or else. What possibly contributes to the loyal adaptation from television to big screen is because the original creator takes the reins once again instead of enlisting another hired director to take on the task. Nickelodeon really doesn't let down this time including the cast, voices, and a very funny story that I enjoyed. All the random humor is here as well, which instantly had me entertained. From the musical numbers, to the goofy characters, to the odd villains, and nonchalant unpredictability, "Spongebob" is really in full form here.

The new member who gives possibly the best performance is the great Jeffery Tambor who plays King Neptune with unabashed wackiness screaming and just having so much fun, while Scarlett Johansson is adorable as Neptune's daughter and heir to the throne who wants to help Spongebob and Patrick before her father fries Mr. Krabs, while Alec Baldwin is hilarious as an assassin tracking the duo to hunt them before they find the crown. Much of the funniest moments involve Spongebob trying to find the crown, but Baldwin's character has a great moment when he punches a strong arm to kingdom come which was possibly one of the funniest moments in the film. Tom Kenny and Bill Fagerbakk are back as the wacky duo whom venture out beyond Bikini Bottom to find Neptune's crown, and come across a rowdy bar, giant serpent, and other assorted oddities. And there's even a dance number here or there. "The Spongebob Squarepants Movie" gladly never takes itself too seriously, and it's never afraid to break out of movie conventions and revert back to its series randomness and sheer Monty Python-esque humor that made it a hit with kids in the first place.

Though it could be argued that Neptune's daughter is a substitute as a straight man and conscience to the duo, I'd just like to know where Sandy was? Sandy was just as funny and just as goofy as the other characters in the series and I was pretty annoyed when I discovered she was really only in the movie for one scene, and one scene only. The film then loses pretty much a lot of steam once the climax comes along, as many of these animated films have the tendency to do. It's almost as if the writers had run out of jokes of gags, and just decided to wing it, and it shows.

Though it tends to lose steam by the climax, and is missing an important character in the fold, "The Spongebob Squarepants" movie is a surprisingly very good adaptation with a great story, great voice work, and many fun gags that will work for both adults and kids.

  • The rock song Spongebob sings: "I'm a Goofy Goober" is a cover song of Twisted Sister's "I Wanna Rock"
  • Clancy Brown of "Carnivale" and "Pet Sematery 2" plays Mr. Krabs

 

 

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