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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
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Ladies and gentlemen, the movie that saved SpongeBob SquarePants after its dark times.
Genre: Action
Directed By: Paul Tibbitt
Produced By: Paul Tibbitt
Mary Parent
Written By: Johnathan Aibel
Glenn Berger
Based On: SpongeBob SquarePants by Stephen Hillenburg
Starring: Antonio Banderas
Tom Kenny
Clancy Brown
Rodger Bumpass
Bill Fagerbakke
Carolyn Lawrence
Mr. Lawrence
Matt Berry
Cinematography: Phil Méheux
Distributed By: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: January 28, 2015 (Belgium)
February 6, 2015 (United States)
Runtime: 92 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $60–74 million
Box Office: $325.2 million
Franchise: SpongeBob SquarePants
Prequel: The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (by release date) and SpongeBob SquarePants Season 9A
Sequel: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (by release date) and Season 9B and/or 10

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is a 2015 American live-action/animated superhero comedy film directed by Paul Tibbitt in his directorial debut. It is the second film adaptation of the animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants and a sequel to The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. Produced by Paramount Animation, Nickelodeon Movies and United Plankton Pictures, the film stars Antonio Banderas and features the show's regular voice cast who reprised their roles from the television series and the previous film. The movie follows a pirate named Burger Beard, who steals the secret Krabby Patty formula using a magical book that makes any text written upon it come true. SpongeBob and his friends must travel to the ocean's surface to confront Burger Beard and retrieve the formula. The film premiered on January 28, 2015, in Belgium and the Netherlands, and on January 30, 2015, in Iceland, Mexico, and Taiwan. It was released in the United States on February 6, 2015.


Life is dandy in Bikini Bottom for SpongeBob Squarepants (Tom Kenny) and his friends Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke), Squidward (Rodger Bumpass), Mr. Krabs (Clancy Brown) and Sandy (Carolyn Lawrence). However, when the top-secret recipe for Krabby Patties is stolen, SpongeBob finds that he must join forces with perpetual adversary Plankton (Mr. Lawrence) and come ashore to battle a fiendish pirate named Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas), who has his own plans for the delicious delicacies.

Why It Didn't Blow Out Of The Water

  1. Like the first film, it stays completely faithful to the TV series.
  2. Great mix of CGI and 2D animation.
    • The CGI animation is very spectacular and smooth and fits the world of SpongeBob quite well.
    • The 2D animation is outstanding and a considerable upgrade from the show, especially since SpongeBob's animation at the time lacked energy and was rather dull compared to Seasons 1-5. On the side note, it really interesting that the 2D animation have been returned for four years earlier after the box office disappointment of Winnie the Pooh. This is actually the best 2D animation the show ever had.
  3. Great soundtrack by John Debney.
  4. Burgerbeard is an impressive villain, thanks to Antonio Banderas, who voices Puss in Boots in the Shrek franchise.
  5. The seagulls are decently entertaining characters.
  6. Catchy songs, such as "Squeeze Me" by N.E.R.D.
  7. The plot was well executed, despite the movie being made in both traditional animation, live-action and CGI.
  8. Thanks to Stereo D, it converts hand-drawn animation, from 2D to eye-popping stereoscopic 3D. Even the 2D animation was filmed in 3D.
  9. Great use of slapstick and meta humor.
  10. Several popular characters are given more substantial roles than the first movie, most notably Sandy Cheeks, who had only three scenes and two lines in the first film, now is a major protagonist alongside SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs. The latter two, while their roles were fairly substantial in the first film, are likewise elevated to being major protagonists.
  11. The superhero designs of SpongeBob, Sandy, Patrick, Plankton, Squidward and Mr. Krabs are fantastic!
  12. Despite the first half of Season 9 being decent (even though there are a few episodes that weren't well received), this movie might have brought SpongeBob back to its former glory after its dark age from Seasons 6-8.
  13. The protagonists are at their absolute best in this sequel:
    • SpongeBob and Patrick, once again, for going on another adventure and saving their town and the Krabby Patty formula from Burgerbeard, along with their friends.
    • Likewise, Sandy, Squidward and even Mr. Krabs have the same reasons above, helping out the duo, and Mr. Krabs also has his old persona from Seasons 1-5 in this film.
    • Plankton is at his most greatest as a protagonist, as he puts aside his differences with his enemies to help them save his home as well.
  14. In the beginning of the exclusive song, "Thank Gosh It's Monday", a few references to the classic era of SpongeBob are made, in which is quite impressive.
  15. Seagulls played by actors American, Australian or British seem actually really good.
  16. The guest actors deserved a lot of credit when they took part in this movie, especially Billy West (the voice of both Ren (Seasons 3-5) and Stimpy from The Ren and Stimpy Show, Woody Woodpecker in The New Woody Woodpecker Show and Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in some Looney Tunes movies), Nolan North and Kevin Michael Richardson.
  17. SpongeBob's voice is so good that it represents his voice in the first three seasons of the show, and to a lesser extend, seasons 8-present, and he sounds much better than in the first movie.
  18. After the release of this film, the second half of Season 9 for SpongeBob SquarePants has been very well received and is a major step up from the show's dark age.
  19. The cinematography is flawlessly great.
  20. Overall, it was the good way to introduce the brand new animation company for major studios: Paramount Animation, although most of their later films aren't as good as this.

Bad Qualities

  1. False advertising: The trailers and posters show the CGI-live action portion of the movie, implying that the movie is at least mostly in CGI rather than 2D animation. The CGI-live action portion isn't until the third act of the movie, despite being heavily used in advertising.
  2. Despite the name, they do not spend as much time out of water.
  3. The climax feels like a rehash of "Pressure", but with CGI characters rather than puppets.
  4. While the CGI used for the characters while they are in the live action portions of the film was good (and probably more practical for the actions they are seen performing), it still looks out of place in a largely 2D animated film, and lacks the charm of the 2D animated characters in the live action segments of the previous film.
  5. The mean-spirited moments where Plankton blames SpongeBob for grabbing the wrong secret formula bottle and went as far as calling him the "worst teammate ever" when it was Plankton’s fault for creating the decoy formula in the first place and never acknowledged this. And this happened again later when Patrick also blamed SpongeBob for dragging them into the surface, even though it was all out of his control. However, Patrick is simply just dumb.
  6. There is a gross scene where Plankton gets covered in wet crusty lint from Patrick's belly button.
  7. Despite being a kids movie, the characters (besides SpongeBob, Plankton, Karen & Squidward) went insane when the krabby patty went missing and caused violence (which is not common for a kids movie).
  8. Major plothole: If writing anything in the book could make anything come true, Burger Beard could’ve just written in the book that he was the richest food truck owner in the world, instead of using the book to steal the formula.


The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water received mostly positive reception upon its released. On Rotten Tomatoes, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water scored an approval rating of 81% based on 103 reviews, with an average rating of 6.5/10, while audience score was 54%. The site's critical consensus reads; "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water won't win over many viewers who aren't fans of the show, but for the converted, it's another colorful burst of manic fun.". On Metacritic, the film received a score of 62 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". According to CinemaScore, audiences gave the film a grade of "B" on an A+-to-F scale.


Despite releasing in 2015, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water was nominated for the 2015 Kids' Choice Awards for Favorite Animated Movie (the KCAs normally nominate movies from the previous year). Ironically, it lost to Big Hero 6.



  • In the deleted scene, SpongeBob and Plankton are being chased by an apocalyptic mob and Plankton questions why they aren't losing everyone and suddenly realizes that the signal light for the vehicle were on. The scene ends up being unused. However, the delete footage elements from this film would later be used for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. You can watch the video here (at 3:17 in the video).
  • Although Paramount Animation produced the film, the logo is not shown, as it the normal logo instead.
  • In March 2014, Paramount screened live-action footage from the film during the National Association of Theatre Owners' event CinemaCon. News websites report that the film would be CGI-animated; an Internet Movie Database staff member commented; "When Paramount announced there would be a new SpongeBob SquarePants movie, the assumption was that it would be animated (like all other incarnations of SpongeBob). The very brief footage from tonight's presentation suggested otherwise – it looked as though this was a CGI/live-action hybrid akin to Alvin and the Chipmunks, Yogi Bear, The Smurfs, etc." In an article published by, author Edward Douglas said the film's CGI footage looks "weird". Philippe Dauman said the CGI elements are intended to "refresh and give another boost" to the characters.
  • Nolan North and Kevin Michael Richardson, who voiced seagulls, also voiced Blaze and Crusher from another Nickelodeon project, Blaze and the Monster Machines.
  • This is the last film to use the traditional 2D animation, as the the next film uses 3D animation from now on.
  • Until The Loud House Movie in 2021, this is the last Nickelodeon film to have traditional 2D animation.
  • A video game featuring a plot set directly after that of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, published by Activision, and titled SpongeBob HeroPants was released on February 3, 2015 in North America and on March 26, 2015 in Europe for the Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita (cross-compatible with PlayStation TV), and Xbox 360. The game on all three platforms received mostly negative reviews, many point-out the uninspired gameplay, dull graphics, poor level design, glitches, lack of polish and that it barely follows the plot of the film.

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