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Overall Rating
3.7

Awesome: 20.25%
Worth A Look45.57%
Average: 24.05%
Pretty Bad: 3.8%
Total Crap: 6.33%

6 reviews, 43 user ratings


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SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, The
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by Natasha Theobald

"Wild and wacky Spongebob fun!"
4 stars

Every time I hear it. "Are you ready kids?" Every time I think, "I'm ready, I'm ready, I'm ready!" If you don't have any clue what I am talking about, then you are missing out of one of the great, insane, hilarious cartoons out there right now. Not having kids and not having Nickelodeon is no excuse. Spongebob is available on DVD, and "The Spongebob Squarepants Movie" has just hit a theater near you. Are you ready?

The movie starts off with some usual Spongebob shenanigans and many laughs. We learn that a second Krusty Krab is being opened right next door to the first, and Spongebob is hoping to be named its manager. Plankton, though, insane with jealousy, has yet another plan to steal the formula for making Krabby Patties and the business right out from under Mr. Krabs. Thus, we meet King Neptune, a ruler with a bit of a bald spot, which he likes to cover with his legitimacy-bearing crown. When his crown goes missing, all evidence points to the guilt of Mr. Krabs, just as Plankton intended, and it is up to Spongebob Squarepants and Patrick Star to save the boss and the day. Can they do it?

The makers of Spongebob are sly and witty characters, it seems to me. This first foray onto movie screens gives the audience exactly what they might expect from their favorite show, and then they go and give so much more. Somewhere along the line, the journey of Spongebob and Patrick takes a kooky, bizarre turn, and the last third of the movie is odd and weird and completely enthralling. I'm sitting in a kiddie cartoon thinking of the movie "Tommy" for no discernible reason. How's that for weird? Astute viewers of the regular show are used to the occasional twist or turn, but I hardly thought I would leave the theater with an almost intimate knowledge of David Hasselhoff's body hair. That sort of thing tends to stick out in the mind for a day or two, you know.

The only weakness of the movie I would point out is created by the relatively small roles of Spongebob regulars from Sandy Cheeks to Squidward, and on down the line. While it's true that Spongebob and Patrick are the heart of the show, and the premise of the film gives the most time to their quest, it would have been nice to see a little more with other beloved characters from regular episodes. The gap is filled with new characters from King Neptune and his daughter Mindy to a badass biker dude named Dennis. The new characters are all voiced by really famous people, as are many of the regular characters, in fact, but I won't ruin the fun of guessing for those who like to do so.

This, the first Spongebob feature, was a wild ride indeed. It left me satisfied and wanting more, if that's possible. That is to say, I liked it, and it made me really curious as to what they might come up with next. Here's hoping the creative minds behind life in Bikini Bottom continue to never disappoint.

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User Comments

10/14/09 Quamel Williams 205-420-3155 Spongebob is the best ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
9/03/08 Shaun Wallner Never laughed so hard in my Life!! 5 stars
10/03/07 wall lame 1 stars
6/17/07 Tiffany Losco funny, sponge bob is so silly. 4 stars
1/28/07 William Goss Has some moments that are both aggressively batshit insane and genuinely snickerworthy. 3 stars
12/06/06 Dude STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
11/12/06 Hotapplepie A good fun movie that mixes the comedy of the show with new style art. 4 stars
8/23/06 Kris i think spongebob sould marry Sandy Cheeks 5 stars
8/15/06 sharnae i love the spongebob movie so much i think spongebob is my boyfrind 4 stars
8/14/06 Sharon this movie makes me wanna throw up!! it makes me feel sick!! 1 stars
4/03/06 JRE this movie makes the cartoon look horrible. 1 stars
2/14/06 Quigley it had its moments of classic spongebob humor, but a movie probably wasn't necessary. 4 stars
9/18/05 tony Peice of fucking shit son of a bitch cartoon. sponge bob needs to fucking die!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
8/27/05 EZ Nice ass Patrick 4 stars
8/11/05 charisse i love spongebob 5 stars
8/08/05 Del True to the TV show 4 stars
8/07/05 Elaine My eight-year-old son and I thoroughly enjoyed the zany humor. 5 stars
8/05/05 Stephanie Garzon it was not funny... it was hallarious 4 stars
6/30/05 Peter L The movie is the Marx Brothers standard for this century. Full of Quotable Quotes. 5 stars
6/30/05 Eric Crooks It could have been better. 4 stars
6/07/05 Darcy I like the 1/2 cartoon.... 2 stars
6/02/05 me dont even look 1 stars
5/22/05 Cham If you like the show, the movie will surely please you. 3 stars
5/19/05 wendy rogers I LOVE Spongebob and the movie was ok but not nearly as good as the shows! 4 stars
5/17/05 Neon Very Funny 5 stars
5/05/05 Kristi i had so much fun watching the movie! spongebob is my fave cartoon!!! 5 stars
5/02/05 Teri TORTURE 2 stars
4/21/05 julie it was so funny 5 stars
3/06/05 sbpat21 I turned it off feeling really, really good. 5 stars
3/05/05 tatum It's a cartoon, and they address all this on the series, Evangelica! 4 stars
2/25/05 Gray stonerriffic crap 2 stars
2/25/05 Evangelica Schnapfenschalz Full of goofs - teardrops, sweat droplets, bubbles, fire - all under water! 3 stars
2/08/05 Jeff Anderson It's not ashamed at what it is. A COLORFUL, HIGH-SPIRITED, & HILARIOUS GOOD TIME, SO THERE! 5 stars
2/01/05 Mary Anne Love the show - liked the movie, but would have been funnier at 30 minutes. 3 stars
1/12/05 Tom Benton Not as good as the show, but it has its moments. 3 stars
1/09/05 Lauren Thompson Thats the humour of this movie, a sponge working in an underwater burger joint. 5 stars
12/01/04 KingNeutron Spongebob roxxors your theator! Only weak point was Hasslehoff. 4 stars
11/30/04 Trigger Greatest cartoon ever made. 5 stars
11/23/04 me Fricken awesome: wanna see it a jillion times more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
11/22/04 Wendy Livingood Vance I figured out that I went to highschool with Kent O! My daughter loves Spongebob. 3 stars
11/21/04 bullit16 I love the show ... but the movie just didn't do it for me 3 stars
11/21/04 Kristina Williams he lives in a pineapple and I love him 5 stars
11/15/04 Jimmy Kustes I was expecting much more songs 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  19-Nov-2004 (PG)
  DVD: 01-Mar-2005

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Australia
  06-Jan-2005




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