"Friendship Saves the Day"
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THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN is delightful, creative and funny. It tells a very strong, heartfelt, uplifting message about friendship. All the major characters in Bikini Bottom realize that SpongeBob’s friendship and kindness made them better creatures. Also, a sequence in the middle is a Christian allegory based on Dante’s classic Christian work, INFERNO. In the sequence, SpongeBob must free the souls of some people turned into zombies by El Diablo, which is Spanish for The Devil. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children for SPONGE ON THE RUN, because of slapstick violence, a light “h” obscenity, gambling, and some lightly scary images.
In THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN, SpongeBob and Patrick must rescue SpongeBob’s pet snail, Gary, when Plankton kidnaps Gary to prevent SpongeBob from stopping Plankton’s latest attempt to steal the secret formula to Krusty Krab patties. THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN is a delightful, funny animated comedy with a strong, heartfelt, uplifting message about making friends and encouraging your friends, but there are a few slightly scary images, slapstick violence and a light “h” obscenity.
The movie’s opening shows how much SpongeBob loves his pet snail, Gary, and his job at the Krusty Krab. However, his behavior annoys his co-worker, Squidward, who mans the cash register.
When Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to save a leftover Krabby Patty to sell to customers the next day, Plankton sees another chance to steal the secret formula to the patty. It’s Plankton’s 3,008th plan. Karen, Plankton’s “computer wife,” warns him that SpongeBob is the one who’s foiled every one of Plankton’s evil plans, but Plankton rejects her advice. Sure enough, when Plankton sneaks into the Krusty Krab after hours, SpongeBob foils Plankton’s new plan and the copy of the secret formula Plankton made burns up in the boiling fry grease.
Meanwhile, King Poseidon in the Lost City of Atlantic City is using snail trails to keep his skin wrinkle free. However, the snail he’s using runs out of slime, and the King has noticed a tiny wrinle! The King’s Chancellor informs him that there are no more snails in the city. So, King Poseidon sends out a royal decree asking for more snails.
Back in Bikini Bottom, Plankton sees Poseidon’s Royal Decree. He now realizes that Karen was right about SpongeBob. Plankton decides that if he can get rid of Gary, he can get rid of SpongeBob. So, he kidnaps Gary and sends him to the King.
SpongeBob doesn’t know about Plankton’s involvement, but hos friend, Patrick, tells him about the Royal Decree. They decide Gary must have been kidnapped and taken to the King. They look up information about the Lost City of Atlantic City and find out it’s a “cesspool of vice and depravity.” SpongeBob tells Patrick he doesn’t have the courage to go there to rescue Gary, but Patrick encourages him, and they decide to go together.
However, they don’t have a way to get there, and can’t drive. Just then, the sneaky Plankton shows up. He lets them use his boat and his new robot, Otto, to drive it. Otto was created by SpongeBob’s friend, Sandy the squirrel, to help his boss automate the Krusty Krab, but Mr. Krabs threw Otto out when he tried to fire Mr. Krabs.
THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN is delightful, creative and funny. It tells a very strong, heartfelt, uplifting message about friendship. All the major characters in Bikini Bottom realize that SpongeBob’s friendship and kindness made them better creatures. Flashbacks show SpongeBob encouraging them from the very beginning, when they all met in summer camp as children. In addition, a sequence set in a western ghost town is a comical Christian allegory based on Dante’s INFERNO. SpongeBob is given a challenge to enter the Inferno Saloon and free the souls of some people transformed into zombies by a character called El Diablo. Viewers find out that El Diablo, which is Spanish for The Devil, can only be destroyed by Light. Finally, SpongeBob is repeatedly counseled by the Sage, a mystical Keanu Reeves in a sage tumbleweed. The Sage keeps telling SpongeBob that courage is within him, and he will find his courage when he needs it the most.
MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children for SPONGE ON THE RUN, because of slapstick violence, a light “h” obscenity, and slightly scary images. Also, SpongeBob and Patrick are tempted to indulge in a night of gambling in the Lost City of Atlantic City.
SPONGE ON THE RUN can be seen in theaters or on the new Paramount+ streaming service.
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