Publicity Stills of "The Spongebob Squarepants Movie" (Courtesy from UIP)

Genre: Animation
Director: Stephen Hillenburg, Sherm Cohen
Starring (Featuring the Voice Talents of): Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Alec Baldwin, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence
RunTime: 1 hr 30 mins
Released By: UIP
Rating: PG

Release Date: 17 March 2005

Synopsis :

SpongeBob SquarePants is an optimistic, free-spirited sponge that was born in a rectangular shape, much like a kitchen sponge. Living at the bottom of the sea in a pineapple in the community of Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob works as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab diner, where his friends include a Squidward the squid and Patrick the starfish.

Movie Review:

It’s hard not to fall in love with SpongeBob’s “all too cute” charm and his best friend, Patrick Starfish’s goofiness. Even if this movie is your first encounter with SpongeBob’s world, you won’t get lost in SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, the movie adaptation of one of the Nickelodeon channel’s best animations.

The plot of this movie in a seashell goes something like this: Plankton (the evil doer) hatch an evil plan to steal Krusty Krab’s popular Krabby Patty recipe and it’s up to SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick to save the day. They have to venture out of Bikini Beach (the place where SpongeBob SquarePants lived in) and head towards Shell City with evil lucking all around.
Yes! There is a plot and a morale that this movie is trying to get across to the audience but this movie follows an almost never ending series of nonsensical zany moments that will make some audience forget what actually went on. The audience will properly be laughing so hard at the SpongeBob and friends’ antics and the humorous yet irrelevant scenes that are thrown at them that the plot will become secondary and almost forgettable.

Adults and teenagers will properly get more kicks out of this film than kids. Although this film is seemly made for young children, a lot of the jokes are rather crude and will properly be only understood by the older folks. Some Scenes with SpongeBob and Patrick going overdose with ice cream, waking up with hangover, is similar in the manner of alcohol abuse and Patrick in a fishnet stocking are not exactly what you would like your kids or nephew to watch. Therefore Parental Guidance for young kids is rather important for this film (This is not Finding Nemo!).

And of course like many TV turned movies, this one is also filled with celebrities’ cameos, such as David Hasselhoff, Alec Baldwin and Scarlett Johansson. Among these three celebrities, David Hasselhoff drew the biggest laughs and how can a film about beach and seas do without the world’s favorite lifeguard? Keep an eye out for his appearance.

It’s not necessary to strain oneself into giving too much detailed information or serious review for this film. Forget about the plot, the gay issues (that been plaguing SpongeBob) or even the “Be yourself” morale and simply enjoy this movie (just like what you would do when you watch an episode of SpongeBob on TV)!

Get ready to be absorbed in to SpongeBob SquarePants’ world.

Movie Rating: B

Review by Richard Lim Jr

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