Sponge Bob Squarepants

6 out of 10

The obligatory movie based on a popular sponge

The Nickolodeon Television show created by Stepher Hillenburg (director) that has gained enormous popularity over recent years has finally made its way to the big screen. Unfortunately, following in the long career of television programming being ported to feature film format, this film lacks any of the charm that the original series had.

The themes are common enough. Many a children's film have been built on the idea of believing in one's self, and this one is no different. The rather naive sea sponge and his buddy Patrick the starfish set out on a madcap adventure and eventually learn this for themselves. Unfortunately, these are virtually the only characters from the television series that make much more that a small cameo, aside from the villain, an evil Plankton named Plankton (naturally). This wouldnít be such a bad thing if not for such poor development of all of the film's new characters, such a King Neptune and his mermaid daughter.

Despite the flat characters that are introduced,
the mood and humor is identical to that of the series: completely ridiculous with a touch of the bizarre. This oddball sense of humor was carried over almost directly from the series, probably due to many of the regular writers (Derek Drymon, Tim Hill, Aaron Springer, and others) being employed on this production. What makes this movie worth watching is the absolute silliness contains so much of, but even the zany sense of humor starts to wear on the nerves after an hour and a half. These characters, and this style of storytelling, are meant to be ingested in small doses. The format fits perfectly into a thirty minute time slot, but doesn't quite hold up as a feature film.

In the end, Spongebob accepts
that he is a child and not a grown up, and is happy with this. I hope that the producers now accept that Spongebob is a television series, and not a feature film, as the format simply doesn't work

Silly, but perhaps a little too silly for the amount of time it absorbs.

Film Critic: - Tom Cameron