This evening the kids and I watched “The SpongeBob Movie : Sponge Out Of Water”, which was directed by Paul Tibbitt.
The film starts with a pirate named Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas – “Desperado”, “Ruby Sparks”), along with his singing seagulls, obtaining a magic book that tells the story of SpongeBob SquarePants, and enables any text written on its pages to come true.
SpongeBob is a cook at Mr. Krabs’ fast food restaurant the Krusty Krab, situated in the undersea town of Bikini Bottom. The book tells of his battle to keep the secret formula for krabby patties from the devious Plankton, who runs the rival Chum Bucket restaurant.
Following a full-scale battle between Plankton and SpongeBob the secret formula disappears, meaning that no more krabby patties can be made and leading to armageddon in Bikini Bottom.
SpongeBob and Plankton use a time machine to try to track down the missing formula, crossing paths with Bubbles, a dolphin whose job it is to look after the cosmos from space(!)
Unbeknownst to both SpongeBob and Plankton, Burger Beard has used to magic book to obtain the secret formula for himself and has set up a food van at a beachside resort called Salty Shoals.
SpongeBob, along with Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs and Sandy, sets off to follow the smell of krabby patties that they have detected in the hopes of retrieving the secret formula, with a little magical help from Bubbles and from Plankton who had sneaked into SpongeBob’s sock to join the team…
If you’ve never experienced SpongeBob SquarePants on the TV, this will all seem rather bizarre I would think. It’s stupid. It’s clever. It’s funny. It’s sometimes inspired. Essentially this movie is based on the cartoon, but with live action added to the mix. It is, granted rather surreal in places, but does showcase all that’s best about SpongeBob.
Whilst there has been some criticism that the quality of the TV show has declined over the past decade – with many complaining that the show has become aimed too much at kids and lost come of its wit and intelligent humour – there is no doubt that the original few series of episodes were very funny for both kids and adults.
This film, to me at least, succeeded in appealing to both. Certainly our kids were giggling away and I had a good laugh throughout the movie too, so if you fancy a fun and funny ninety minutes you could do worse than watch this one…