My 100 favourite films. Entry #22: The Spongebob Squarepants Movie.

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (2004)
directed by Stephen Hillenberg
starring the voices of Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Clancy Brown, Alec Baldwin, Jeffrey Tambor and Scarlett Johansson and the real live David Hasselhoff
country: USA
genre: family / comedy

Visuals: 9
Writing: 7
Everyday watchability: 7
Number of consecutive Employee of the Month awards Spongebob has earned: 374, making him an employee of the Krusty Krab for at least 31 years.

This movie doesn't have the best plot, and it's chock full of deus ex machina, but it sure brings the funny. The plot involves SpongeBob and Patrick heading to a place called Shell City to retrieve King Neptune's crown and save Mr. Krabs from his wrath. Meanwhile, Plankton has enslaved the entire town. The general outline is fine, but with all the bits where SpongeBob makes it through because of luck, it really starts to bog it down.

As for the jokes, they come at you constantly, and they're good! There's a montage where SpongeBob and Patrick get drunk on ice cream sundaes that has me cracking up everytime. There's a sequence with two hillbillies at a gas station who crack each other up, slapping their knees which set off fits of laughter. There are dozens and dozens of funny bits, great animation, and really well-done sound design.

I'm tired of writing. Here's a bunch of pictures.


3 comment(s).:

August 16, 2008 at 7:04 AM MPU said...

And (and as an added bonus)the Sponge Bob movie has fewer on screen deaths than 7even or Saving Private Ryan.

I can't make a word out of the anagram word verification.

August 20, 2008 at 11:55 PM Jon said...

Lee, write for Film School while Jeff is MIA.