Now I have to openly state that I’ve never been a massive SpongeBob watcher or lover as a child, however I went into this film open minded and yeah I enjoyed it. It has ridiculous childish humour that children would love and it has silly songs for children to obsess over. Although, maybe not just for children and maybe for older ages too, my boyfriend is an example here… Singing the song over and over again… It is a fun song for everyone to find addictive; or if you’re a bit more closed-off with SpongeBob, stare at blankly and try to not give in to the repetitive joyful tune.
I can imagine that this is definitely a film that SpongeBob fans would be satisfied by, unlike the more recent SpongeBob movie which came out in 2015 (Sponge Out of Water). A fan must be pretty happy with this film, having it turned from the classic TV episodes. The whole SpongeBob crew is back in this 2004 film. This time SpongeBob (Tom Kenny) expects a promotion from Mr Krabs (Clancy Brown), but when this doesn’t happen things start to take a turn. A turn which takes many other turns I didn’t expect. Plankton (Mr Lawrence), once again, is at his old tricks at trying to steal the Krabby Patty secret recipe, this time using this evil plan Z. One that is pretty broad and has many angles covered. First, he steals King Neptune’s (Jeffrey Tambor) crown, pins it on Mr Krabs, and takes control of Bikini Bottom, in a quite evil way, even Gary is taken over! The poor snail. During this, SpongeBob and Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) take it upon themselves to travel to Shell City to bring back the crown for King Neptune and to save Mr Krabs. Shell City being outside county lines and therefore dangerous, full of thugs and monsters, somewhere no one has ever survived from. And amongst all this Plankton sends an assassinator (one in children’s terms) to “stand on” SpongeBob and Patrick. Like I said a lot of turns… But it doesn’t complicate the plot, it is a children’s film, instead it makes it more fun and things more urgent and exciting for SpongeBob and Patrick on their adventure.
There are additional voices to recognise in this movie. Of course, the classics are back and no one can perfect them better. But also there is Scarlett Johansson voicing the forgiving daughter of King Neptune and Alec Baldwin voicing the threatening guy sent to hunt down SpongeBob. Even David Hasselhoff makes an appearance, as himself of course!
This film has a nice moral for children, one that focusses on the child side of SpongeBob but also that he can be a man too! I did have a little chuckle in this film, but I think children would have a greater one compared to me. But I still thought it was funny. There are many moments of classic SpongeBob and my favourite Patrick creating a fun film for younger ages. One of my favourite parts of the film being SpongeBob and Patrick hysterically drunk on ice cream that it adds to adult humour like it wasn’t ice cream… Anyway, I would recommend a SpongeBob fan to watch this, but if you’re a SpongeBob fan the chances are that you’ve already seen it… Overall, I think it’s a great children’s film for them to go on the adventures with SpongeBob and try and save Bikini Bottom from Plankton and his evil plan!