For those who were put off by the combination of live action and CG animation seen in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water trailer, don’t worry. Although the entire story heads towards putting SpongeBob and his underwater friends on dry land, that does not truly happen until closer to the end. This film is truly an animated show leaps to animation movie, at least when it comes to the wildly popular animated underwater dweller.
For those who have never seen an episode of the Nickelodeon hit show, you won’t be lost watching The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
We meet our title character in his home community under the sea, Bikini Bottom. He is working as a fry chef making some mystery burger concoction that the entire town is hooked on. Like, they eat it night and day. Across the way is another restaurateur, and he cannot find success with SpongeBob making those burgers. He concocts a plan to steal the secret recipe and put them out of business. In the middle of a recipe heist, something odd happens, it vanishes into thin air.
Enter Antonio Banderas’ modern day pirate and the live action part of our film which intercuts with the underwater animated portion. Banderas wants the recipe for himself to start a food truck and has magically gotten it. SpongeBob wants to retrieve the recipe so he can save his hometown, that is now falling into burger-less chaos.
Yes, our two worlds will collide.
It is not as disjointed as it seems in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water clip when our favorite animated sea creatures come to dry land. It actually works and what is fascinating is that for a film that appears to be geared towards children, there are a lot of adult-centric puns and even a bit of riotous mayhem that seems a bit too scary for the youngest of viewers.
The under-the-water, all-animated portions of the film are sure to be a SpongeBob fan's delight. All of your favorite characters are there and the themes, messages and tone of the show are ever-present in director Paul Tibbitt’s big screen presentation.
It’s the Banderas segments that seem a bit out of place. We appreciate where they are going with it or at least what Tibbett and screenwriters were trying to do, but the thing that seems out of water here is the plot that involves dry land.
We honestly wonder what Banderas is doing in this film. He is channeling a combination of Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack with his own Zorro and it all adds up to someone who is trying to make something from nothing. Got to give the esteemed actor an “E” for effort, but alas, this film is not about him, his character or anything that is supposed to make sense.
Our The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water review can report that, even though SpongeBob has an army of adult fans, it is a children’s show that’s smart and funny enough to attract an older audience. We just aren’t sure that the big screen incarnation of SpongeBob will achieve the same thing.