Have you seen much Spongebob Squarepants? I’ll be honest with you – before last year I hadn’t. Sure, I’d seen the character plastered about pretty much everywhere, in TV, at newsagents, in toy shops – pretty much anywhere that children would roam – his face emblazoned across t-shirts, school bags and the like. This all changed when our young daughter watched an episode for the first time and became hooked. From then on, DVDs she was bought of the TV show got played, played and played again – I’ll be honest – it took me a while but eventually I found myself being less grumpy about having to watch it for the zillionth time and actually found myself involuntarily chuckling away.
For the uninitiated, Spongbob is a wide eyed and boundlessly silly sea sponge, joined on his adventures by other inhabitants of underwater city Bikini Bottom – most notably his best friend Patrick (a star fish) and the staff of the Krusty Krab fast food outlet where SpongeBob works – the miserable Squidward and their cheery but miserly boss Eugene Krabs.
So how does this all translate to a full length movie? Surpisingly well, actually. The movie’s plot centres on Spongebob and Patrick’s journey to retrieve King Neptune’s crown, after it has been stolen by Eugene Krabs’ business rival Plankton in order to frame the Krusty Krab owner. However, as with the TV series – the plot itself is really there to support a series of silly, often surreal and wildly inventive jokes and scenes – and it manages to do so in a way that keeps you entertained throughout. As well as the usual cast, there is a memorable cameo from David Hasselhoff that for me at least has changed the way I view the iconic star. There are voice performances from the likes of Alec Baldwin and Scarlett Johansen as well as a soundtrack that will warm the hearts of alternative rock fans everywhere – Flaming Lips, The Shins and even Motorhead turning up at various points.
In essence, there’s something for everyone here – as long as you like your entertainment silly, colourful and occasionally downright bizarre, this is a film for the whole family to enjoy – even if the grown-ups may do so a little guiltily!
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