The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

Director: Stephen Hillenburg
Cast: Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, Roger Bumpass

Reviewer: Ailsa Longmuir

He lives in a pineapple under the sea, he is a walking fashion faux-pas, and even though his best friend is a pink starfish who wears fishnets, he is most definitely not gay. Forget the bleatings of the Christian right, this film goes to great lengths to point out that our square panted hero is, in fact, just a kid.

Unlike other disastrous attempts to turn Nickelodeon cartoons into feature films, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is more than just tolerable kids’ trash; it actually manages to be a surprisingly good film. We follow SpongeBob and Patrick in a coming-of-age story as they embark on a perilous journey through monster-infested waters to find King Neptune’s stolen crown (his bald spot is really freaking people out) and gain the ultimate prize: the position of manager at the Krusty Krab 2 restaurant. There are jokes for kids, jokes for adults (which thankfully don’t resort to smut), pesky pirates, and a hilarious cameo from the perennially tanned David Hasselhoff. As you can imagine, SpongeBob emerges victorious, the crown is returned, and we are given ultimate proof that evil is no match for the awesome power of rock and roll (watch out for Patrick throwing up the devil horns!).

So what if it’s not a lengthy study of the human psyche or an exercise in gritty realism? He’s just a wee sponge for crying out loud. Featuring the voice talents of Tom Kenny, Scarlett Johansson and Alec Baldwin, this film is entertaining, colourful and funny, and I guarantee that you will be singing the Goofy Goober song all the way home. Anyone who says otherwise is just a knucklehead macspazatron.