I love Spongebob. I really do. I remember watching it when I was younger, and I still have so many cherished memories from this show. It is possibly the television show I quote the most. (ARE YOU FEELING IT NOW, MR. KRABS?)
I also watched the first Spongebob movie when it came out on DVD, and I loved it. When I first heard of rumors that a sequel was surfacing (no pun intended), I was hyped as heck. What would it be about? Would it continue from the first film? Will it finally explain where the freaking heck The Krusty Krab 2 is? When the first trailer was released, I was even more hyped. It’s exactly like I remember it! I was happy to see Stephen Hillenburg back in the writer’s chair. I had to see this.
I did end up seeing the film soon after it was released. What did I think of it? Well…let’s see.
Story: When the Krabby Patty secret formula is mysteriously missing, Plankton is put to blame, even though he had no part in it. With certain apocalypse on the way, it’s up to Spongebob, Plankton, Mr. Krabs, Patrick, Squidward, and Sandy to find the formula and save Bikini Bottom.
Typical Spongebob storyline, I know, but it does work. It’s the kind of story that would work really well as an episode of Spongebob. The thing is, the film felt like a long episode of Spongebob, not that that’s a bad thing. I liked the story. I liked the weird twists and turns it brought me through, but it just felt like an elongated episode.
Another thing I thought was strange was the Epic Rap Battles of History cameo. It felt out of place and really pointless. But if you’re into random YouTube cameos, you’ll most likely get a kick out of it.
I was really happy to see that the style of humor was changed from the normal mean-spirited and modern style to a more fast paced, random, and witty style of humor. It’s this kind of humor that has Hillenburg written all over it.
Animation: The animation is very similar to the animation in the show. The CG animation surprisingly is only present in the final act of the film, but it is a very good CG rendering of the characters. Mr. Krabs looked a bit strange in 3D animation, though.
The traditional style, like I side, is very much like the animation in the show, but instead has a clay-ish/storybook aesthetic that is kind of distracting to fans who have memorized the style of the show (like me), but that really is just a nitpick.
Characters: Remember the post I wrote about how I don’t like the rewritten Spongebob characters in the show nowadays? Well, with Stephen Hillenburg back, the characters are back to their lovable old selves again. They still have the hints of their rewritten personas, but all-in-all, they’re back. Squidward is back to being grumpy. Spongebob and Patrick are less idiotic and more innocent and naive. Plankton is more evil. Mr. Krabs has finally regained his moral compass. Everyone is back.
In conclusion, The Spongebob Movie 2: Sponge Out of Water is a very enjoyable film that is suitable for all ages. Fans of the show, old or new, will certainly get a kick out of all the references to other episodes and in-jokes.
Spongebob was a show that I was absolutely crazy about. Watching this film brought me back to sitting in front of the TV and marathoning the Spongebob Squarepants Season Three boxset (which is the best season, in my opinion). It may be nostalgia, but I really did enjoy this film.
Plus, we get to see Squidward dance!
See you later, Animators!