Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Slightly false advertising.
Are you ready kids? I can’t hear you! Spongebob Squarepants has officially been on the air for 16 years. That’s impressive – not Simpsons impressive, but it’s getting there. I was still in elementary school when this show began – and I’m 27 now. I’ve seen many episodes of this show throughout my youth – and I stopped somewhere around the time the first movie came out. However, I had to go back to my nostalgia years to watch The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Movies are typically better than the show, so what better way than to check out the second movie in the franchise? It’s an interesting movie, I’ll give it that, but a little reminiscent of the first movie when it comes down to it.
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water stars our favorite group of cartoon characters who live in Bikini Bottom as they once again try desperately to save the secret formula to the beloved Krabby Patty. The thing is – when it goes missing, it’s not Plankton this time – it’s a pirate on “The Surface” who uses it to help his restaurant business on land. So the gang has to go to the surface to retrieve the formula, and to do that – they need super powers. Because…superpowers are cool and stuff.
The first thing you’ll realize with this film is that – you don’t need to know anything about the series to watch it. After 16 years, that’s impressive – because the same basic idea applies for each episode/season of the show. The film goes through a basic rundown of who the characters are and their entire purpose in the show – and then it plays out like a standalone movie. Say what you will about the show, I have to at least say that’s impressive. It gives plenty of shout-outs to longtime viewers of the franchise, as well as opens a doorway to newer audiences.
However, the film has a bit of a flaw in regards to the advertisements. The movie is called Sponge Out of Water, and most of the trailers show as much – but in reality, the characters are out of the water no longer than a typical episode of the show – the rest of it is fully cartoon (that’s over an hour). If you recall, the same basic thing happens in the first movie, the only difference is that instead of remaining cartoon characters, they transform into fully CGI models to fit in a little better with the live action. Is that a bad thing? Yes and no, the movie works fine as is, but you go in expecting one thing thanks to the ads, and you experience something else altogether – and that might throw a lot of people off.
That being said, the CGI was very unique and looked really good. You know it’s fake, obviously, but the quality of the graphics and animation was almost enough to make you think it’s partially real and just stop-motion oriented or something. It’s not, but believe me when I say it looks pretty unique – kids will definitely love this film. Now, I don’t think they’ll keep watching it until they are older, but as it is today, they’ll get a kick out of it, and that’s good too.
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water does a really good job with the graphics and animation once the fellers get out of the water and onto the land. The Sponge in the title refers to the Fish out of Water subgenre, which doesn’t exactly apply here, but is still a lot of fun for what it is.
Mostly, the advertisement in this movie was more or less misleading. Spongebob is only out of the water for 20 minutes, give or take. The story is fine, but you’re left wondering when they’re actually going to venture out.