A Film Review By Jason L. King
|Rating:Rated PG for some mild crude humor
Starring:Voices of Alec Baldwin, Scarlett Johansen and More! Also a cameo by David Hasselhoff!
Directed By:Stephen Hillenburg
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? It’s everyone’s favorite sponge, Spongebob Squarepants! I still remember the first time I heard those words. I remember I laughed a lot. It was Thanksgiving a few years back. I was sitting on the couch with my 4 year old cousin who was suddenly glued to the TV when he saw the yellow sponge start singing that ridiculous tune. I had never heard of Spongebob in my life, so imagine my surprise when a few months later, every college kid knew who Spongebob was and actually started religiously watching the show.
With a plethora of followers, that small yellow sponge makes his way to the big screen with his first ever full-length feature film. In the Spongebob Squarepants movie, Spongebob and his dopey friend Patrick go on an adventure to find King Neptune’s crown. Spongebob and Patrick must return it in time to stop Plankton from stealing the secret recipe for Crabby Patties and eventually creating a contraption that will control the minds of everyone in Spongebob’s hometown of Bikini Bottom.
I have to admit part of me enjoyed the Spongebob Movie. It was filled full of really silly gags, bad puns and just all about silliness. It’s the perfect type of mindless fluff that kids like and older people can enjoy if they want to let loose and find their inner kid inside once again. The neat thing about Spongebob is that he appeals to a wide audience and is able to entertain both kids and adults in the same way the Dreamworks Shrek character does as well.
If you have ever seen an episode of Spongebob on TV, then you know exactly what the movie is like. It is basically an 88-minute Spongebob cartoon on the big screen. So there really should be no surprises there, except for the few times they mix real people into the cartoon. An appearance by former Baywatch Star David Hasselhoff makes for some great laughs on top of an already enjoyable film.
The downside of Spongebob is that I learned there is such a thing as Spongebob over exposure. This is a danger you make when making any cartoon show into a feature film. What you end up with is and hour and a half long episode. By the end of the hour and a half the jokes are getting kind of dry, the same thing seems to be happening again and again and you just get kind of tired of the characters. It’s sad, but adapting a character that is usually used to 15 minute shorts to a full length feature is hard to do, and while Spongebob creators did a decent job, it just didn’t work quite so well.
In the end, Spongebob is a great film for the Spongebob fanatic in you, if you are such a person. But if you aren’t skip this one in theaters. Stay at home watch a Spongebob Cartoon marathon and pick up his full-length feature flick on the rental shelves when it comes out. It’s worth a view, but not really worth full price at a theater.