SYNOPSIS: On a mission to save his world, SpongeBob SquarePants is headed to ours for the first time ever! When pirate Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas) steals the secret recipe for the beloved Krabby Patties, SpongeBob and friends come ashore to bring back the missing formula. To succeed, they must team up with former rival, Plankton, but soon realize that to defeat a super-villain, they must unleash their inner superheroes.


Only the lost of a secret burger recipe in Bikini Bottom can turned the place into a terrible wasteland. Of course it won’t happen in the real world. Even without McDonalds, we still have Carl’s Jr.

Very much in tune with the television series, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water retains all the wackiness and frenetic pacing to entertain loyal fans and the entire family.

The crazy pirate aka pirate Burger Beard seen in the opening credits of the cartoon series is given a story to work with and he is played by Antonio Banderas. By making use of a magical book, Burger Beard is able to steal the secret formula of the Krabby Patties. Chaos ensued and Spongebob and Plankton must join hands to bring back the recipe using an outrageous self-built time machine before the apocalypse destroyed Bikini Bottom.

The movie has its fair share of zany gags and characters, imagining meeting a magical dolphin whose job is to oversee the cosmos and a bunch of goofy seagulls that loved to sing. That being said, the story is simply too random and freewheeling to keep an adult invested after an hour or so. Fortunately, the filmmakers saved the best for last – a climatic chase that turned the flat 2D cartoon characters into CGI interacting with live-action backgrounds and fighting against Banderas.   

Personally, I think it’s the live-action sequence that saved the entire movie. It’s an absolute blast watching our favourite Spongebob, Patrick and Mr Krabs turning into supeheroes and as weird as it sounds a far more worthy viewing experience than Avengers 2.

Do we seriously need a live action/hybrid Spongebob movie? The answer is a yes and a no. The world will definitely be happier after watching the newly created CGI Spongebob in action. On the other hand, you won’t stand to lose much even if you missed this wild outing. 


The filmmakers and voice actors talked about the story, characters, 2D and 3D animation techniques in Spongebob Squarepants: Out Of His World.

A 9 minutes feature that has the voice actors (Tom Kenny, Bill Faggerbakke, Clancy Brown and more) discussing about their childhood dreams and voice acting in When I Grow Up, I Want to Make Funny Sounds.

Watch how Antonio Banderas transform into a crazy pirate in Becoming Burger Beard

A behind-the-scene segment on how they create the finale chase in Making the Burger Mobile Chase Sequence


Images and colours are top notch. The picture gets better and better especially with the live-action sequences. Audio quality is another winner with lots of well-defined ambient effects and rich weighty surrounds. 



Review by Linus Tee



Genre: Live Action/CG Animation
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence, Mr. Lawrence, Christopher Backus, Slash
Director: Paul Tibbitt, Mike Mitchell
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2015


- Spongebob Squarepants: Out Of His World
- When I Grow Up, I Want to Make Funny Sounds
- Becoming Burger Beard
- Making the Burger Mobile Chase Sequence


Languages: English/Cantonese/Mandarin
Subtitles: English/Bahasa Indonesian/Bahasa Malay/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 32 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: HVN Entertainment Singapore