“Who lives in a pineapple, under the sea?”

SpongeBob SquarePants returns to the big screen in the sequel ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’. This is technically a sequel, but can also be considered as a standalone film, because there are no mentions to the enjoyable first film ‘The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie’, released back in 2004.

I was a huge fan of the early seasons of ‘SpongeBob SqaurePants’ when I was a kid. I haven’t seen the show for nearly ten years, and since then, the show hasn’t changed all that much over all of these years, it still looks the same, which is good, because it was easy to get back into the world of Bikini Bottom.

The film follows a pirate (Antonio Banderas) who finds a book (I call it the book of life), as it tells the story of how Bikini Bottom become an apocalyptic world, after the missing Krabby Patty formula.

While it has a very simplistic story, the majority of the film comes off as an extended episode of the TV series, and doesn’t feel like a big screen motion picture, until the film’s last act where the characters are transformed from cartoon to 3D animation, and becomes a hybrid of live-action and CGI, which was a blast to watch. 

Just to clarify what I mean by the film being an extended episode of the series, is that in my opinion, films being an adaption of a currently made TV series needs to have some impact on the series in order to be made as a theatrical 90 minute film. The first film did this with the character growth of SpongeBob and Patrick. This film attempts to do this with one of the film’s central characters, but is short-lived. 

Despite the simplistic story, the film was very enjoyable, filled with many laughs and some nice-looking animation.

‘The SpongeBob Movie’ is an enjoyable ride for the whole family to enjoy, and it is so great to see traditional animation back on the big screen.