Sunday, 22 March 2015

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Review


Review By
Patrick Scattergood

Written By
Glenn Berger
Jonathan Aibel
Stephen Hillenburg
Paul Tibbitt

Directed By
Paul Tibbitt

A Paramount Animation, United Plankton Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies Film

Genre
Animation, Comedy, Adventure

Cast

Antonio Banderas as Burger Beard
Tom Kenny as SpongeBob Squarepants, Gary, Agreeable Mob Member, Waffle (Voice)
Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick Star, Male Fish, Eager Customer (Voice)
Rodger Bumpass as Squidward, Doctor, Angry Mob Member 2, Doughnut, Squidasaurus Rex (Voice)
Jill Talley as Karen (The Computer Wife), Harold's Wife, Ice Cream Cone 2 (Voice)
Clancy Brown as Mr. Krabs (Voice)
Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy (Voice)
Mary Jo Catlett as Mrs. Puff (Voice)

Year Released
2015

Certificate
U

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.

Review

I have to admit that when I saw the trailer, I thought this movie looked like it was going to be absolutely awful.  I mean, I love the SpongeBob Squarepants series but the idea of it being live action with 3D animation just didn't really interest me all that.  After seeing the movie, the trailer really felt quite misleading.

Instead of live action with 3D animation all the way through, the animation is the same as the television series until the final third and that's when they find their way in to the 'real world' of the movie.

One of things that struck me the most about this movie was just how truly surreal some parts here.  During the movie there were parts that had nods to The Shining, Mad Max and others that will please the adults out there that were watching the movie yet there were some utterly rediculous moments that the little ones will be howling in laughter at.  I know my lad was.

The humour in this movie, while not up to that in the first SpongeBob movie, definitely harks back to the 'golden age' of the show.  There were some jokes that were so utterly silly that you couldn't help but laugh at how absurd they were.  The best, for me, being the time where Plankton told SpongeBob to hold his thoughts and then you see him literally holding a thought balloon!

The live action parts, that featured Antonio Banderas as the pirate Burger Beard, were pretty well done and when the 3D animated versions of the shows heroes show up, I have to admit that they looked pretty well done.  However, these parts were funny but some of the humour seemed a lot more forced then in the full on animated moments.  That said, it was a hell of a lot better than the trailers gave it credit for.

My one complaint, considering how much I enjoyed watching this with my son, would be that it didn't really feel all that much like a movie, instead it felt more like an extended episode of the show.  That said it is still worth seeing, especially if you are a fan of the show itself.

Movie 7/10

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