The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
This popular Nickelodeon TV cartoon splashes onto the big screen with SpongeBob (voice of Tom Kenny) dreaming of becoming the manager of the Krusty Krab diner in the underwater village of Bikini Bottom. When Mr. Krabs, the owner (Clancy Brown), announces that Plankton (Mr. Lawrence), not SpongeBob, will be the new manager, SpongeBob is devastated. After all, he has been named employee of the week for the last 374 weeks. When Mr. Krabs is falsely accused and arrested for stealing King Neptune’s (Jeffrey Tambor) crown, SpongeBob and his starfish pal Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) agree to search for it. After facing the unknown, outsmarting thugs, and eventually being captured by the dreaded one-eyed Cyclops in Shell City, they find the king’s crown. Will they be able to escape Cyclops and find their way home to Bikini Bottom?
SpongeBob SquarePants successfully makes the move from TV to the big screen, maintaining its energy and humor, which has made it so popular. This movie is very funny – not only for the children (and college students) familiar with Mr. Squarepants, but also for any parents, and persons who “just don’t get it.” There are some new characters introduced in the film, along with a cameo by David Hasselhoff. Most of the humor is geared toward kids, but there are some items which adults will find more humorous. I think Patrick should be nominated for “best supporting actor” for this performance.
While the movie is based on a cartoon show for kids (and other young adults), there is some material that may be sensitive. Patrick’s cartoon butt is shown twice, there are some sea creatures drinking at a bar, and a bar brawl, and some shots of Patrick and SpongeBob in their underwear (like in the cartoon). I recommend this movie for families, especially ones with SpongeBob fans – they can get a 90-minute dose of his crazy world. I also recommend those who aren’t SpongeBob fans to give the movie a chance, because you might actually find yourself enjoying it.