The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is a 2015 American live-action/animated 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. 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 Rocks
- Like the first movie, it is 100% faithful to the TV series.
- The CGI animation is spectacular and fits the world of SpongeBob quite well.
- The traditional 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.
- Great soundtrack by John Debney.
- Burgerbeard is an impressive villain, thanks to Antonio Banderas, who voice Puss in Boots from Shrek franchise.
- The seagulls aren't that bad of characters.
- Catchy songs, such as "Squeeze Me" by N.E.R.D.
- The plot was well executed, despite the movie being made in both traditional animation, live-action and CGI.
- Thanks to Stereo D, it converts hand-drawn animation, from 2D to eye-popping stereoscopic 3D. Even the 2D animation was filmed in 3D.
- Great use of slapstick and meta humor.
- The movie has the main 5 characters (Spongebob, Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs) as protagonists, unlike the first film.
- The superhero designs of SpongeBob, Sandy, Patrick, Plankton, Squidward and Mr. Krabs are fantastic!
- 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 Season 6-8.
- 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.
- Seagulls played by actors American, Australian or British seem actually really good.
- The guest actors deserved a lot of credit when they took part in this movie, especially Billy West (the voice of Stimpy from Ren and Stimpy).
- SpongeBob's voice is so good that it represents his voice in the first three seasons of the show.
- The Post-Sequel era of SpongeBob SquarePants has been very well received and is a major step up from the show's dark age.
- False advertising: The trailers and posters shows the CGI-live action portion of the movie, making it look like the whole movie is in CGI. The CGI-live action portion isn't until the third act of the movie, despite what the advertising makes it look like.
- Despite the name, they do not spend as much time out of the water.
- The climax feels like a rehash of "Pressure", but with CGI rather than puppets.
- 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.
- There is a gross scene where Plankton gets covered in wet crusty lint from Patrick's belly button.
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. 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.