As I popped in the DVD last night, I had never watched an episode of "SpongeBob SquarePants," the disturbingly popular comedy that somehow appeals both to little kids and adults. While I hear the movie isn't up to par with the television series, I'm sorry but I cannot see the allure of this cartoon.
"The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" has the sponge who lives in a coconut at the bottom of the sea out to recover King Neptune's stolen crown and restore order to the kingdom, which has been taken over by an evil little... well, I don't know what the heck it was. "SpongeBob," not surprisingly, relies on the frenetic idiocy of its characters and the randomness of its jokes to make the audience laugh, and while this may work on the small screen, it definitely doesn't work in a full length movie.
Now, obviously, I'm not in the target demographic. I'm not a little kid and I'm not really into cartoons anymore, but the previews looked funny enough and the show has a surprisingly large adult fan base, both of which encouraged me to review this movie. I decided to work on my taxes while watching, and I have to admit I had more fun doing my taxes.
"SpongeBob" does have some funny parts, many of which come from the starfish Patrick, who is about as dumb as they come. SpongeBob himself is pretty stupid, as are the rest of the characters, which does have an appeal, but twenty minutes of stupidity on television compared to an hour and a half of jittery dumbness gets old fast. However, I must admit I enjoyed the final fifteen minutes where SpongeBob and Patrick are captured by the evil diver (and thrust into the real, non-cartoon world) and ultimately saved by a superhuman David Hasselhoff, which spoofs his "Baywatch" days.
Obviously, fans of the show are going to or have already watched this movie, but if you don't understand what everyone likes about "SpongeBob," you're better off avoiding it altogether. The movie does have its moments and overall is harmless fun, but compared to the cartoons from my childhood I can't really recommend it.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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