Sunday, June 10, 2012
The Spongebob Squarpants Movie (2004) review
What kids and fans have been waiting for...is just enough to please them.
PLOT:Plankton has been through every plan to steal the Krabby Patty formula, except Plan Z. He executes Plan Z by stealing King Neptune's (Jeffrey Tambor) crown, taking it to the forbidden Shell City, and blaming it on Mr. Krabs. Though Spongebob has been turned down for manager position at the Krusty Krab 2, he still sticks up for Mr. Krabs and sets out to get Neptune's crown back in no less than 6 days with the help of his best friend Patrick and Neptune's daughter, Mindy (Scarlett Johansson) in this undersea adventure about proving that kids can be just as much a man. It's a typical plot for a Spongebob adventure, or simply for an hour-long special, though this is a full-length film. It's executed well enough for it to be considered good.
ACTING/VOICES:The typical Spongebob voices do their job terrific in here, as well as newcomers to Spongebob features Jeffrey Tambor, Scarlett Johansson,and Alec Baldwin, as well as a humorous cameo by David Hasselhoff.
SCORE:The score was typical for a kids movie, but the soundtrack is one of my favorite soundtracks of all-time, including songs by Ween, The Flaming Lips, Wilco, and even Motorhead!
ANIMATION:The animation is the same as is in the show, except finely polished and of made-for-film quality. So, it's better unless we're talking about the "Ugly Barnacle" days of Spongebob.
OTHER CONTENT:This movie, you can tell, was almost strictly made to please the kiddy-fans of the show, but the adult fans don't find it to bad either. I've seen this movie many times and I know that the jokes fade into dry reruns after a while, but some still survive as goofy, random gags. One scene that never gets old to me is during the "Now That We're Men" sequence when Spongebob and Patrick start "hamboning" to the music. Funny.
OVERALL, it's a good animation flick with a typical Spongebob plot, great voice acting, one of my favorite soundtracks, finely polished Spongebob animation, and jokes that can grow old and dry.