SpongeBob Square Pants Sponge Out Of Water Film Review

Film Review by Jarred Tito
SpongeBob Squarepants Movie Sponge Out of Water

The Premise
When a diabolical pirate above the sea steals the secret Krabby Patty formula, SpongeBob and his nemesis Plankton must team up in order to get it back.

The Review
From the moment ‘Sponge out of Water’ began I found myself captivated by the trade mark ‘corny but cool’ antics of the very popular television show.

Tony Banderas plays the lovable rogue pirate, beset by a nagging crew of airhead seagulls, who is on a quest to achieve greatness. He must find and retrieve the secret treasures of knowledge which are hidden in the pages of an aged and mystical book which is the movies ‘first quest.’ Our journey begins on the open seas somewhere in the pacific ocean, which is somewhere near a deserted island, which above the charming underwater town of Bikini Bottom.

It is here on this deserted island, that the pirate finds what he is looking for; the book containing the mystical annals of Bikini Bottom. Now safely in his possession, he begins to read and unlock the legends of the underwater world of Sponge Bob.
What is about Sponge Bob and the wacky, weird characters of Bikini Bottom that has the ability to captivate the imaginations of young children and adults alike? Perhaps it’s the combination of crazy but likable characters? Could it be the ridiculously simple but innocent yarns? Or is it the lure of the Krusty Krab burger? I’m not completely sure of what it is exactly, but I am sure that I was entertained by them and their zany adventures throughout this swashbuckler’s tale.

The Krusty Krab is attacked by Plankton with giant foods and condiments. A battle breaks out as the greedy Mr. Krab fights back with even larger weapons of mass consumption. It ultimately comes down to a tug of war between Sponge Bob and Plankton over the formula when something very strange happens, a mysterious intervention leaves them both stunned and bedazzled and formula less sending the lovable town of Bikini Bottom into utter ‘Mad Max’ like chaos. It is here that the movie’s ‘second quest’ begins…the quest to retrieve the lost Krabby Burger formula.

There is a certain amount of genius behind this story which made me laugh, wonder and laugh some more as Sponge Bob, Patrick, Mr. Krab and the rest of wacky underwater crustaceans journey through sea, time and land. Oh yeah, the cast as you have never experienced them before….out of the water and on land!! But don’t worry too much about losing the lovable characters that you have become endeared to under the sea because unlike many television show that transition to the big screen, Sponge Bob the movie, doesn’t lose any of the enjoyable qualities from the small screen.

The Verdict
I personally loved this film. It was funny, creative, true to the television show and entertaining from the beginning to the end. If you like the she show you will love the movie. Tony Banderas is perfect in his role as the pirate and is a real bonus for the film. The rest of the cast are the original voices that you instantly recognise as are the types of jokes and plots. I highly recommend this movie to anyone in any age group with a good sense of fun and adventure.   

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 2nd April 2015
Rating: PG – Contains violence
Duration: 93 minutes 
Genre:  Family
Starring: Tom Kenny, Antonio Banderas, Bill Fagerbakke
Director: Paul Tibbitt (Debut Feature Film)

The Extras
Squidward inking was originally supposed to be a common element of his character in the show. However, the writers could not come up with a way to make it seem comical, so this was eventually scrapped.

The show's staff from seasons 1-3 return to work for this movie.

The infamous "My leg!" running joke from the series makes a return in this film when Mr. Krabs throws the top of the stone Krabby Patty away.

Dedicated to memory of Ernest Borgnine (1917-2012), who voiced Mermaid Man in SpongeBob SquarePants (1999).

Spongebob's old work out equipment (stuffed animals) can be seen in the background of his house.


This is the first Hollywood-studio animated film to use hand-drawn animation, since the release of Winnie the Pooh (2011).