Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!
Whether you like it or not, Spongebob Squarepants is one of the most iconic cartoon characters of the 2000’s. I love watching Spongebob, not the new episodes of course. I’ve talked about them before. But today, I’ll be talking about Spongebob’s first feature-length film, The Spongebob Squarepants Movie!
As a fan of the Spongebob TV show, of course I’d like this film. But does this film deserve to be wearing the pants, or does it just sink down to Rock Bottom? Let’s see.
Are you ready, kids? AYE AYE CAPTAIN! OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH!
Story: It’s the Grand Opening of the Krusty Krab 2, and Spongebob is hoping to be the new appointed manager. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get the job because he’s “just a kid”. But the evil Plankton has stolen King Neptune’s crown, and has blamed it on Mr. Krabs. Now Spongebob and his best friend Patrick must search for the crown in the treacherous Shell City to show that they aren’t “just kids” after all.
The story isn’t top notch and it has a lot of continuity errors, such as the Krusty Krab 2 not being in any episode after the movie was released. But what can you expect? I can’t complain. It’s Spongebob Squarepants! It’s like complaining that Dora the Explorer doesn’t have complex characters, you just can’t do that!
It’s not much, but it’s still classic Spongebob. The jokes are funny, but not too childish. Heck, some of the jokes are very adult. I didn’t get half of them until I grew up.
The hard thing about making films about TV shows is getting the right writing. Adapting from a TV series doesn’t mean just making an extended episode, it’s still a movie. That’s just what they did. This isn’t a regular Spongebob episode, but with a lot of filler. This is a Spongebob movie.
But there is a lot of filler just to get a cheap laugh. Like the whole “Now That We’re Men” sequence. I like the songs, but what was the purpose. They don’t learn from it, they just go back to their wimpy selves. But that would just be nitpicking.
Like I said, the story isn’t great, but its a movie about a talking sponge! What did you expect?
Animation: There really is a big difference in animation between the film and the show, or at least the episode that came before the film. The most notable change is the design. The art style is cruder and not as cute. The show did that as well, but not as extreme as this. But to be honest, I like these new designs. I like that they didn’t restrict the characters to stay cute all the time, unlike what the new show does. The original episodes and the film had a very fast-paced and crude theme to it, a theme I really do like. It almost reminds me of a Looney Tunes cartoon.
This film also shows the progression of design from 1999 to now. Take a look at this chart I made:
Notice the difference? It may look different, but it feels just the same.
Characters: These are characters that have become household names. Again they aren’t complex, but they are still likable. None of them are too annoying, and they all seem to work off each other well.
In conclusion, The Spongebob Squarepants Movie was good, not great, but good. There were a lot of problems, but it’s Spongebob Squarepants not Forrest Gump! I still enjoy this film, and if you haven’t seen it, give it a shot. Watch it with your kids, or even by yourself. I won’t judge you, but other people will. See you later, Animators!