The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water
Directed by Paul Tibbitt
Starring Tom Kenny, Antonio Banderas, Bill Fagerbakke
Review by Jordan
Featuring an impossibly jovial sea sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea and works flipping patties at the Krusty Krab when he’s not having fun, usually at the expense of his uptight squid neighbor, with his best friend Patrick the star fish doing things like catching jellyfish or playing “Imagination” with a deep, empty box, it’s fair to say that Spongebob Squarepants boasts a frenetic energy and is a show that has captivated an enormous audience both young and old(er).
From its beginnings to now and especially in the first feature film released in 2004: The Spongebob Squarepants Movie, Stephen Hillenburg‘s creation has balanced on a figurative high wire suspended above pools of childish immaturity and hilariously unpredictability without ever leaning to heavily either way, making it the perfect animated world for families to spend time in while still offering more than enough laughs for the rest. Given that most Goofy Goobers who have seen the 2004 movie would still be shouting “BALD!!” in their heads whenever they see someone with a receding hairline and humming “Now That We’re Men” as it unsuspectingly creeps into their heads, a second feature film in this franchise had a Krabby Patty sized task in front of it to stand on its own two fins and be as constantly entertaining as its predecessor.
So, then, you’ll be pleased to know it does just that.
Sponge out of Water pairs the ever-trusting Spongebob (Tom Kenny) with the diabolical Plankton (Mr Lawrence) as they search for the Krabby Patty secret formula which has mysteriously vanished, causing all the residents of Bikini Bottom to revert to their base survival instincts and instigate a sort-of post apocalypse. Their search takes them on a journey through some previously uncharted regions of time and space, including an encounter with a wise astronomer dolphin by the name of Bubbles, before they eventually discover a whole new world on the surface, where the villainous Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas) and his unfinished storybook await them.
The real-world elements of this latest film, including the pirate Burger Beard and especially the final act, are a fresh change of scenery but will appeal far more too kids than adult viewers. Even with this considered though, I can’t imagine anyone having anything but fun when baring witness to these escapades. Long time fans will enjoy seeing what is arguably Plankton’s finest hour, with Patrick and his capacity to be both the worst and best friend a sponge can have not waddling too far behind, and newcomers should be easily won over with the Teamwork song and Mr. Superawesomeness.