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Overall Rating
3.7

Awesome: 20.25%
Worth A Look45.57%
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Pretty Crappy: 3.8%
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SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, The
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by David Cornelius

"Should've been better, glad it wasn't worse."
3 stars

In various non-English speaking parts of the world, SpongeBob SquarePants is known instead as “Bob the Sponge.” And let’s face it, that’s just not as funny. There’s something inherently giggle-inducing about the connection of those four syllables, just as there’s something inherently giggle-inducing about the sentence “you don’t need a licence to drive a sandwich.” Which is the point where I realized “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” wasn’t going for anything but the funny, with great success.

Oh, the movie is a bit of a letdown, let’s be honest. After several seasons of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series, which combined breathlessly inventive animation with cheap, slaphappy gags, one expected the movie spinoff to be the crowning moment for the franchise, kinda like the “South Park” movie was. That writer/director/creator Stephen Hillenberg doesn’t try to do much more with SpongeBob now that he’s on the big screen leaves the film lacking a certain kick; the final result comes off more like a product of corporate necessity than the bold new creative force I wanted it to be. The script is too slapdash, the animation only mildly eye-popping, the jokes too uneven.

But then, maybe expectations were just too high. And so I won’t complain much about the emptiness of the story, in which SpongeBob (voiced by Tom Kenny) and starfish dolt pal Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) take off on a quest to Shell City, something about recovering King Neptune’s crown and clearing the name of Mr. Krabs, who was framed for the crime by the evil Plankton as part of his latest world domination scheme. (Either you know these names or you’re shamefully unaware. Check out the series, then get back with me.) Aside from a subplot involving SpongeBob’s hopes of becoming manager of the new Krusty Krab 2 (located, naturally, right next door to the Krusty Krab 1), there’s not much else to the script, really; Hillenberg and his five fellow co-writers try to toss in some meaningful stuff about being happy with who you are, but that fizzles. (It never works as either an actual moral or a parody of one.)

Where “SpongeBob” wins is in its humor. The series has always been one of “we’ll try anything as long as it’s funny.” And that spirit remains here. Pirates are funny - put some in! Mustaches are funny - make ’em green! David Hasselhoff is funny - give him a cameo! This movie’s motto is The Weirder, The Better, which leaves us with such memorable one-liners as “Step aside, and you won’t have to feel the awesome wrath of our mustaches!” The stranger the turn, the sharper the comic impact, and Hillenberg knows it, offering up a dizzy blend of filmmaking styles and storytelling non sequiturs, all in the name of the chuckle. Never mind that such a comic style works best in short form; the translation to feature length is choppy but perfectly usable.

“SpongeBob” will appeal to exactly its target audience - namely, kids who like silly humor (read: all kids) and teens and adults who revel in the weird (read: stoners and geeks). The film takes no effort to win over anyone outside of these groups. But that’s OK. This is a movie for the fans, a dopey little treat for those who made the show a hit. It’s clever in spots, crisp in spots, wonderful in spots... but overall nothing spectacular. Still, it makes us kids/stoners/geeks laugh, and that is so worth it indeed. For if we know only one thing in life, we know that mustaches are very, very funny.

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User Comments

10/13/09 Quamel Williams 205-420-3155 Spongebob is the best ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
9/02/08 Shaun Wallner Never laughed so hard in my Life!! 5 stars
10/02/07 wall lame 1 stars
6/16/07 Tiffany Losco funny, sponge bob is so silly. 4 stars
1/28/07 William Goss Has some moments that are both aggressively batshit insane and genuinely snickerworthy. 3 stars
12/05/06 Dude STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
11/11/06 Hotapplepie A good fun movie that mixes the comedy of the show with new style art. 4 stars
8/22/06 Kris i think spongebob sould marry Sandy Cheeks 5 stars
8/15/06 sharnae i love the spongebob movie so much i think spongebob is my boyfrind 4 stars
8/13/06 Sharon this movie makes me wanna throw up!! it makes me feel sick!! 1 stars
4/02/06 JRE this movie makes the cartoon look horrible. 1 stars
2/13/06 Quigley it had its moments of classic spongebob humor, but a movie probably wasn't necessary. 4 stars
9/17/05 tony Peice of fucking shit son of a bitch cartoon. sponge bob needs to fucking die!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
8/26/05 EZ Nice ass Patrick 4 stars
8/10/05 charisse i love spongebob 5 stars
8/08/05 Del True to the TV show 4 stars
8/06/05 Elaine My eight-year-old son and I thoroughly enjoyed the zany humor. 5 stars
8/04/05 Stephanie Garzon it was not funny... it was hallarious 4 stars
6/30/05 Peter L The movie is the Marx Brothers standard for this century. Full of Quotable Quotes. 5 stars
6/29/05 Eric Crooks It could have been better. 4 stars
6/07/05 Darcy I like the 1/2 cartoon.... 2 stars
6/01/05 me dont even look 1 stars
5/21/05 Cham If you like the show, the movie will surely please you. 3 stars
5/19/05 wendy rogers I LOVE Spongebob and the movie was ok but not nearly as good as the shows! 4 stars
5/17/05 Neon Very Funny 5 stars
5/05/05 Kristi i had so much fun watching the movie! spongebob is my fave cartoon!!! 5 stars
5/01/05 Teri TORTURE 2 stars
4/21/05 julie it was so funny 5 stars
3/05/05 sbpat21 I turned it off feeling really, really good. 5 stars
3/04/05 tatum It's a cartoon, and they address all this on the series, Evangelica! 4 stars
2/25/05 Gray stonerriffic crap 2 stars
2/24/05 Evangelica Schnapfenschalz Full of goofs - teardrops, sweat droplets, bubbles, fire - all under water! 3 stars
2/07/05 Jeff Anderson It's not ashamed at what it is. A COLORFUL, HIGH-SPIRITED, & HILARIOUS GOOD TIME, SO THERE! 5 stars
1/31/05 Mary Anne Love the show - liked the movie, but would have been funnier at 30 minutes. 3 stars
1/12/05 Tom Benton Not as good as the show, but it has its moments. 3 stars
1/09/05 Lauren Thompson Thats the humour of this movie, a sponge working in an underwater burger joint. 5 stars
12/01/04 KingNeutron Spongebob roxxors your theator! Only weak point was Hasslehoff. 4 stars
11/30/04 Trigger Greatest cartoon ever made. 5 stars
11/22/04 me Fricken awesome: wanna see it a jillion times more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
11/21/04 Wendy Livingood Vance I figured out that I went to highschool with Kent O! My daughter loves Spongebob. 3 stars
11/20/04 bullit16 I love the show ... but the movie just didn't do it for me 3 stars
11/20/04 Kristina Williams he lives in a pineapple and I love him 5 stars
11/14/04 Jimmy Kustes I was expecting much more songs 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  19-Nov-2004 (PG)
  DVD: 01-Mar-2005

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Australia
  06-Jan-2005




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