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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)

February. 06,2015
| Adventure Fantasy Animation Comedy

Burger Beard is a pirate who is in search of the final page of a magical book that makes any evil plan he writes in it come true, which happens to be the Krabby Patty secret formula. When the entire city of Bikini Bottom is put in danger, SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Squidward, Sandy, and Plankton need to go on a quest that takes them to the surface. In order to get back the recipe and save their city, the gang must retrieve the book and transform themselves into superheroes.


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Jackson Booth-Millard

I probably only watched one or two full episodes of the popular Nickelodeon show, which was number 28 on The 100 Greatest Cartoons, but I enjoyed the first movie featuring the sponge named Bob with square pants, I was definitely up for another movie, a stand-alone sequel that followed a decade later. Basically a pirate named Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas) travels to Bikini Atoll, opening a treasure chest he obtains a magical book with the power to make any words written into it a reality. The book tells the story of SpongeBob SquarePants (Tom Kenny), the over-optimistic sea sponge who lives in Bikini Bottom, he works in the Krusty Krab restaurant. The owner Mr. Krabs (Clancy Brown) has spent several years protecting the secret Krabby Patty formula from his restaurant rival Plankton, owner of the Chum Bucket. One day, Plankton attacks the Krusty Krab and attempts to steal the formula, after a fight he appears to accept defeat, but he uses a decoy of himself, while the real Plankton gains access to Krabs' vault, stealing the formula, leaving a fake in its place. SpongeBob catches Plankton and they engage in a tug of war over the formula, but it magically disappears before either of them can claim it. Without the secret formula, no Krabby Patties can be made, causing customers to become ravenous, SpongeBob is the only who believes Plankton is innocent and creates a large soap bubble for them fly away in and escape. Bikini Bottom is immediately reduced to an apocalyptic wasteland, due to the absence of the Krabby Patty. SpongeBob proposes he and Plankton team up to find the formula, Plankton does not quite understand the concept of teamwork. Plankton comes up with the idea to build a time machine, to travel back in time to the moment when the formula disappeared, they are helped by the most intelligent computer possible, Plankton's computer wife Karen (Jill Talley). They assemble the time machine, but end up travelling to the future, where they meet magical dolphin Bubbles (Matt Berry) who acts as an overseer of the galaxy, they cause him to lose his job. They then travel back in time and succeed in retrieving the formula, only for them to realise they inadvertently grabbed the fake. Burger Beard converts his pirate ship into a food truck to sell Krabby Patties at a beach resort, while the town are about to sacrifice SpongeBob to "appease the sandwich gods", when he and Mr. Krabs smell Krabby Patties. SpongeBob, Patrick Star (Bill Fagerbakke), Mr. Krabs, Squidward Tentacles (Rodger Bumpass) and Sandy Cheeks (Carolyn Lawrence) follow the scent to the surface. Then Bubbles shows up, he says he actually hated his job, and repays the sea creatures by giving them the ability to breathe on land, and launches them from his blowhole to the surface. The team land on the beach, finding the smell of Krabby Patties coming from Burger Beard's food truck, the pirate used the magical book and rewrote the story to steal the secret formula for himself. Burger Beard then writes the magical book to banish the gang to Pelican Island, but SpongeBob uses a discarded page from the book to transform himself and the others into superheroes with special powers. They become The Invincibubble (SpongeBob), Mr. Superawesomeness (Patrick), Sour Note (Squidward), The Rodent (Sandy), and Sir Pinch-a-Lot (Mr. Krabs). Seeing them return, Burger Beard flees with the formula and they give chase, during the battle, the team manage to destroy the book, but the pirate overpowers them one by one. But Plankton saves them, transformed into the muscle-bound Plank-Ton, the Krabby Patty formula is retrieved, Burger Beard is sent flying and banished to Bikini Atoll, and Plankton returns to the formula to Mr. Krabs. In the end, the city of Bikini Bottom is finally restored and Plankton reassumes his status as a business rival, everything is returned to the status quo. Also starring Dee Bradley Baker as Perch Perkins and seagulls voiced Kevin Michael Richardson, Billy West, Alan Carr (UK) and Stacey Solomon (UK). This is another obvious slice of self-aware silliness and absurdity, the plucky leading character is loveably eccentric, fans of the show will enjoy the bigger scale adventure for the aquatic hero, the mix of live action, including the amusing Banderas, and fantastic computer animation, and newcomers to the whole thing will also have fun, lots of laughs and entertainment for all the family, a great live action/animated comedy adventure. Very good!

The Movie Diorama

I. Love. SpongeBob. I just do. Me and Mr Squarepants understand each other on a level of hilarity. He is the sponge to my shower. The pants to my drawers. For SpongeBob to receive the film treatment again is something that we truly will never appreciate. Magnificent. But, let's face it, it's just an extended episode. The Krabby Patty secret formula has been stolen by a pirate who uses a magical book to make any text come true. It's up to SpongeBob and gang to, once again, journey on an expedition to reach the surface. Firstly, if you don't like SpongeBob, why would you watch this? Secondly, if you don't like SpongeBob, what's wrong with you!? I jest, it's understandable that the high-pitched anthropomorphic sponge is an eclectic taste. Yet, not even for nostalgia purposes, I warm to his innocence. The slight dynamic change, in this case of Plankton "te-am-ing" up with Spongebob, did feel refreshing (although has been done before with the wonderful "F is for friends who do stuff"...ok I'll stop). The crazy antics are ever present, from Plankton flying a plane to driving a tank to controlling a giant robot just to get the secret formula, which will appeal to younger audiences and fans of the beloved series. Solid message throughout, humorous in several places and Berry voicing a time-travelling dolphin named Bubbles. It's...It's the stuff of Shakespeare. Alas, I've never been a fan of animation blending with live-action and unfortunately, as creative as the last act was, it just didn't work for me. The plot was clearly becoming expired at that point and Tibbitt tried an alternative route. Commendable, but disposable. Also, not enough Squidward. It just feels as if these films need to discover a more inventive plot. Recovering the secret formula is something best suited to a TV episode. We need a more cinematic scope to capture the epic character that is SpongeBob. Nautically nonsensical, humorous throughout and a rapid pace makes for a nice easy watch for fans and children.


Don't watch this garbage spongebob Is a disgrace to other cartoons and they were only out of water for 10 minuets. The whole movie should have been out of water. This movie is worse then The Emoji Movie.


I'll start by saying, this movie isn't terrible, but the pacing and direction of it seemed really odd. It seems the creators wanted to fit too many ideas and plots into one movie to fill a time slot. The way the movie should feel slow paced only at the start before any build up, lasted for half of the movie. I think what most people were looking forward to was the real life/CGI moments near the end, and the build up to that didn't make much sense. They dropped the Bikini Bottom is up in flames story really quick just to finally introduce the out of water part. The lack of CGI time wouldn't have been such a bummer if the rest of the animated plot wasn't so poorly put together, it's like you're just waiting for the second half of the movie to kick in forever and ever. I thought the introduction of another pirate that wasn't the classic Patchy was rather.. odd? I see what they were trying to do with it, but it was still off. The reveal that he was the mastermind behind all the mess was a shock to me though, so they did write him in the way they intended to, I suppose.The one story arch (Plankton's redemption arc?) was an interesting concept however. I thought they paced out the relationship build up between he and Spongebob rather well. And while it did seem a little too out of character for Plankton at times, it was still a fun way to flesh him out, show him as a multi-dimensional character to some newer viewers that may not know all the easter eggs about him. It all coming together in the end when he goes back to his old ways in a cheeky way was a great note to end that off on. The part where Spongebob writes in superpowers for the crew is the best part of the movie, as expected and advertised. While very cheesy, was extremely cool to see (even if Spongebob's power was nothing special compared to the others.) Mr Krabs being a parody of Iron Man, intended or not, was brilliant! And the reveal of Sandy turning into an actual squirrel was *the* best thing in this movie. I was laughing so hard (too hard maybe?), it was so clever.Once you look past the advanced stuff like the painfully slow pacing, few bad jokes that didn't land, etc. It's good to watch. Kids will surely love it as it is a fun watch. I think any Spongebob fan, new or old can find enjoyment out of this movie.To follow up, I went and watched it a second time with a pal, took a lot less time analyzing the flaws and spent more time laughing about the ridiculous jokes together, good and bad. The first time watching it was disappointing, but if you go into it not expecting much, you can enjoy it a lot more.