BY DANIEL GUMM
In the wave of recent dramatic and intense movies The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water is a refreshing twist for the whole family. If you live under a rock like Patrick, the film takes place mostly in bikini bottom and follows SpongeBob, an enthusiastic character who loves his friends and his job at the Krusty Krab.
The main plot revolves around the villain - Plankton - attempting to steal the secret recipe for the famous Krabby Patty. Even though in the cartoon has been running since May 1999 and embodies relatively the same plot, the new addition to the franchise manages to use 16 year old assets in a new way.
The movie is generally directed to children but it still manages to cater to the parents. References range from “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” to “The Shining” and plenty of Easter eggs that a delight to find. Even with the surprise elements of time travel the movie didn’t feel like a change in pace from a normal 20 minute episode, it felt as though no animated time wasted.
My one real massive criticism of the film is the weak transition to live action segments and the misleading trailer alluding to a mainly live action movie. I do give props for the main live action actor Antonio Banderas for a stunning performance as Burger Beard.
Overall "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" is a very good movie for the whole family. I recommend it for all ages, familiar with the SpongeBob universe or not.