The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water won't win over many viewers who aren't fans of the show, but for the converted, it's another colorful burst of manic fun.



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SpongeBob SquarePants, the world's favorite sea dwelling invertebrate, comes ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet.(C) Paramount Pictures

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Tom Kenny
as SpongeBob SquarePants/Gary/Waffle/Agreeable Mob Member
Bill Fagerbakke
as Patrick Star/Male Fish/Eager Customer
Rob Paulsen
as Seagull
Rodger Bumpass
as Squidward Tentacles/Doctor/Angry Mob Member #2/Doughnut/Squi
Clancy Brown
as Mr. Krabs
Carolyn Lawrence
as Sandy Cheeks
Antonio Banderas
as Burger-Beard
Mr. Lawrence
as Plankton/Plankton Robot/News Anchor Fish
Jill Talley
as Karen (the Computer Wife)/Ice Cream Cone #2
Mary Jo Catlett
as Mrs. Puff
Tim Conway
as Seagull
Eddie Deezen
as Seagull
Cree Summer
as Seagull
Eric Bauza
as Seagull
Billy West
as Seagull
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About 50% of this movie is psychedelic, Meta, Adult Swim-esque humor which had me rolling, but had most of the children in my screening staring at the screen with puzzled gazes. The other 50% is what those who are unfamiliar with SpongeBob would suspect it to be; a movie for children. And therein lies the problem. The 50/50 split is so unevenly distributed that long stretches (especially the initial 30 minutes) had me almost embarrassed that my low expectations were being met with such childish one-liners and remedial humor. But then again, I did pay to see a cartoon whose trailers pandered to the under 12 demographic. Read the rest of my review at: Follow me on Twitter @moviesmarkus

Markus Robinson
Markus Robinson

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Paul Tibbitt knows what to get out of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. A quick 90 minute journey from Bikini Bottom to the surface is what the story entails. Laced with obnoxious humor, as well as internal jokes, the film finds itself easy to swim along with. Familiarity with the series isn't a requirement for this viewing, but it helps since there isn't much character background to educate. The combination of original 2D animation, 3D rendering, and live action does wonders for this film's production. It serves as nice change ups throughout the story. There is nothing to argue about when it comes to the voices. The likes of Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, and Mr. Lawrence have been lending their talents to these characters for a long time. Antonio Banderas serves as the lone live action character to entertain. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water makes waves for a fun ride. Leave it at that.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

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All things considered, Sponge Out of Water is an entertaining flight of fancy. I couldn't follow the story but then again I don't watch the cartoon. I'm clearly not the target audience. It's not that it's complicated. It's just that it's a really slapdash, haphazard affair. This is one of those films where you must put your brain in neutral and delight in the pure zaniness up on the screen. For example, the absence of delicious Krabby Patties thrusts the town into a post apocalyptic state. The plot includes time travel and meeting a talking dolphin named Bubbles. Pharrell Williams contributes 3 songs to the soundtrack including "Squeeze Me" which plays in the background whenever they zip through time. The two worlds, one featuring Burger-Beard the pirate and the other, SpongeBob, ultimately intersect. It spoils nothing to reveal this because the title, the poster and trailer all promise this event. The extended sequence where SpongeBob and his pals take to dry land in the physical reality of real people is indeed enjoyable. I must admit that in the beginning, I was thinking too much for this story. However once I had bought into the craziness, then I was up for anything. That's when I enjoyed it.

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

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While I was never an avid viewer, I have always been a fan of the "Spongebob Squarepants" television show, and the first theatrical outing they pulled off was a lot of fun, so even though I was skeptical about a sequel, I was still hoping for something good. Does this sequel deliver? Absolutely! "The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" is just as good, if not better than the first feature film, making for so much zaniness that both kids and adults can enjoy. Once again, Plankton is on a mission to steal the Krabby Patty formula, but what this film is able to do, is distance itself from the other versions of this story and bring character bonding moments to an all new high for these characters. Not only is this film laugh-out-loud funny, but it also has just the right amount of heart to make a family film great. The film does however lose points for feeling a tad stale in the overall story, because even though it feels fresh while watching it, you can't help but roll your eyes a few times. This film pays homage to the classic episode of the show, and it does so in style. This is pretty much everything a Spongebob movie needs to be, even though it could use a better story. Overall, I had a blast watching this film and I definitely recommend it to fans and non-fans alike.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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