THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE
Too Dark and Edgy
Starring: David Hasselhoff and the
voices of Tom Kenny, Bill
Fagerbakke, Doug Lawrence,
Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown,
Jeffrey Tambor, Scarlett
Johansson, and Alec Baldwin
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 87 minutes
Distributor: Nikelodeon Pictures/Paramount
Director: Stephen HillenburgPRODUCERS:
Stephen Hillenburg and Julia
Producer: Stephen Hillenburg and Julia
Albie Hecht, Gina Shay and
Writer: Stephen Hillenburg, Derek
Drymon, Tim Hill, and Kent
OsborneBASED ON THE CARTOON TV
SERIES CREATED BY: Stephen
Address Comments To:Sherry Lansing, Chairman
Motion Picture Group
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5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197
Phone: (323) 956-5000
The movie opens with Spongebob Squarepants, a hyperactive yellow sponge who acts like a wacky child, dreaming that his boss at the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs, has made him manager of the new Krusty Krab restaurant. Spongebob wakes up and gets ready for the ceremony where Mr. Krabs will name the new manager.
Instead, the promotion goes to Spongebob’s cranky co-worker, Squidword Tentacles. Depressed, Spongebob still meets his friend, Patrick, a pink starfish who’s not too bright, at their favorite ice cream parlor, Goofy Goober’s. There, they get drunk on gobs of ice cream. In the morning, a still drunken Spongebob decides to tell off his boss, Mr. Krabs.
Meanwhile, the crown of King Neptune, the merman ruler of Bikini Bottom, is missing. All evidence points to Mr. Krabs, who allegedly sold the crown to someone at Shell City. Spongebob doesn’t help when he berates his boss in front of the king. Spongebob quickly sobers up, however. He and Patrick volunteer to save the life of Mr. Krabs by traveling to Shell City and bringing back Neptune’s crown. Their courage and innocence sustains them, even though no one has ever returned from Shell City alive.
Parts of THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE retain some of the goofy humor of the TV series. For instance, the plot to steal King Neptune’s crown and blame it on Mr. Krabs is engineered by the diminutive, one-eyed Plankton, owner of the Chum Bucket and business rival of Mr. Krabs. This time, Plankton not only wants the secret recipe for the Krabby Patty, he also wants to take over the world!
The rest of the movie, however, contains at least a couple instances of crude humor, scary sequences (such as a desert of skulls from victims of a large fish hiding under a rock), and a weird ending where Spongebob uses magical rays to solve the plot problem. The scene where Spongebob and Patrick get drunk on ice cream is also distasteful.
Ultimately, THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE is disappointing because of the filmmakers’ attempt to aim at an older audience. This seems to be a mistake that many filmmakers make when trying to adapt a children’s story to the big screen. Regrettably, therefore, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children for the SPONGEBOB movie.
Parts of THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE retain some of the goofy humor and innocence of the TV series. The rest of the movie, however, contains at least a couple instances of crude humor, scary sequences, and a weird ending where Spongebob uses magic rays to solve the plot problem. The scene where Spongebob and Patrick get drunk on ice cream is also distasteful. In the process, the filmmakers have almost destroyed the innocent charm and wacky wit of the TV series. Regrettably, therefore, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children for the SPONGEBOB movie.