The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (3D) Directed by Paul Tibbitt
Starring: Tom Kenny, Antonio Banderas, Bill Fagerbakke, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Mr Lawrence, Carolyn Lawrence Nickelodeon Pictures /Paramount Animation
Release Date: February 6, 2015
It’s been 16 years since the debut of SpongeBob Squarepants on TV, and a little over 10 years since the last movie. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long, but now but our favorite sponge who lives under the sea is back on the big screen, and as an added bonus, in glorious 3D.
In this sequel, all of your favorite citizens of Bikini Bottom are back, and things haven’t changed a bit. Mr. Krabs (voiced by Clancy Brown) is still making tons of money off a his Krabby Pattys, and Plankton (voiced by Mr Lawrence) is going all out to steal the secret recipe — it’s kind of the classic Roadrunner/Wil E Coyote scenario. It’s up to Spongebob Squarepants to once again help in making sure that Plankton doesn’t get the secret formula, but this time there is a third player in this heist, a pirate (Antonio Banderas), who has obtained a magical book that makes whatever he writes come true. It’s mass chaos and destruction in Bikini Bottom with no Krabby Pattys to be eaten, and so the unlikely pairing of Spongeboband Plankton must figure out a way to stop the formula from being stolen.
But we aren’t done there: If you’ve seen the any commercials or trailers for the movie, then you know that once again they travel above the water to track down the pirate and the secret formula, as they write up some superhero persona for each of them.
As I said, it has been over a decade since the last movie, and I can say that there has been an upgrade in the overall animation in that time. Granted it’s been awhile since I have actually watched the cartoon TV show, but I did re-watch the first movie after seeing the second and I noticed things right away. Some of that may be due to the big screen and the addition of 3D this time. I will say there were some nice 3D moments that took advantage of the new technology and I guess it depends on your opinion on 3D if it’s worth checking out in 3D or not. Me personally, I have no issues, just so long it is shown in the brightest and clearest way possible.
But enough about the technical aspects, you don’t go to see a SpongeBob movie for the visuals, you want to laugh and be entertained. Well, I can gladly report that I did get a few laughs out of this one, and from the crowd’s response, there is a little something for everyone out there, no matter how young or old you are. I was at an 8:10pm Saturday night showing on opening weekend and there was plenty of families inside the theater.
There are a few little things to point out: If you are going into this one hoping for lots of the movie to be about them above water — hence the name — I would say its about 75% of it all about the adventures under the sea. And that is pretty much how the first one was as well. This time around, the filmmakers didn’t rely on getting big name celebrities for the voice cast, as you had Scarlett Johansson in the first one, but they did line up an strong voice acting cast with their choices for the talking seagulls, including Tim Conway, Rob Paulson, Billy West, and Carlos Alazraqui just to name a few.
There are a few moments where the movie goes off track a little and gets a bit weird — yes, even weird for a movie about a talking sponge — but overall I enjoyed it, and if you are a fan of Spongebob Squarepants, no matter what your age, it’s worth heading out to theaters to check it out. Once again, the 3D choice is up to you. There’s plenty of laughs and one-liners, and even a song that might be a little catchy and stuck in your head as you walk out of theater. And just a heads up — there is a brief little stinger at the end of the credits, nothing too important, just a running gag from the last part of the movie.
And just as a little side note, as of Sunday, February, 8, 2015, the film easily won its opening weekend at the box office with an estimated $56 million — not too bad at all. It beat notably beat out other new releases — The Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending (came in at #3 with $19M), the epic space opera starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis , and Universal’s fantasy action film Seventh Son (came in at #4 with 7.1M), starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore,