Movies based off of a television show have one basic task to accomplish. Since audiences are paying a premium price to see the movie, filmmakers have to provide extra value to make the expense worth it. The Sponge Bob Movie: Sponge Out of Water somehow manages to bring enough value to make it a good movie.
Release Date: February 6, 2015
Writer: Glenn Berger
Director: Paul Tibbitt
Cast: Tom Kenny, Antonio Banderas, Bill Fagerbakke, Clancy Brown, Tim Conway
Just like the TV show, Sponge Bob nemesis, Plankton is at it again, trying to steal the secret Krabby Patty formula. Instead of stealing the formula though, Plankton destroys the formula by mistake. This mistake causes the undersea world of Bikini Bottom to enter a post-apocalyptic era. Everyone is out for themselves to survive in this new world. It’s up to Sponge Bob and Plankton to work together to save their idyllic habitat from self-destruction.
In order to save the formula and Bikini Bottom, Sponge Bob, and Plankton enlist the help of the Time Wizard, a dolphin named Bubbles. Bubbles sends our heroes forward and backward through time and ultimately to the real world.
For all intent and purpose, Sponge Bob Square Pants, is a television episode with a bigger budgets. By making it a movie, director Paul Tibbitt casts a human foil in Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas), and the third act brings our favorite characters into the real world.
It is this third act that makes the movie worth seeing in the theater. The special effects are amazing. Sponge Bob manages to bring the two worlds of animation and live-action together. It is more than just cartoon characters in the real world. It’s an enjoyable blend of both. The main characters look like plastic toys. Real cannonballs are shot, and Sponge Bob captures them in real bubbles. The pirate ship looks like a real ship but takes on cartoon characteristics as it’s being swung and thrust all over the screen.
Let’s be honest, this is an episode of the television show. Same humor, characters, and writing–All with a message of teamwork. No real profound moments and nothing that will convert viewers who are indifferent or hostile toward the television show.