Ready, I'm Ready"
This was supposed to be the biggest day in SpongeBob's (Kenny)
life because Mr Krabs (Brown) was opening a second Krusty Krab restaurant
and he was sure that he would be made manager. This should have been a really
bad day for Sheldon J. Plankton (Lawrence), as his rival took more business
from his restaurant, the Chum Bucket, but this time he had one more scheme
up his sleeve 'Plan Z'. He is going to frame Mr Krabs for a crime he didn't
commit and take over the restaurant business in Bikini Bottom. Only SpongeBob
and his best friend Patrick Star/Fish (Fagerbakke) can save him.
Both children and adults rejoice, SpongeBob SquarePants has
his own movie and he's ready to take the big screen by storm.
The cult Nickelodeon cartoon that is a hit with both the kids
and the so called grownups gets his first big screen adventure and on this
evidence, it will be the first of many. The kooky, surreal world of Bikini
Bottom transfers to the big screen with ease. Filled with slapstick, loads
of gags, gratuitous butt shots and a couple of song and dance numbers, fans
will rejoice as the feature length antics of their favourite sponge.
Playing more like an extended episode of the cult TV series,
which isn't a bad thing, the movie's plot is a recipe for gags and highjinx.
Essentially a road trip movie, SpongeBob and Patrick have to travel to the
mysterious and deadly Shell City to complete their mission and save Mr Krabs
in the process. The laughs and surreal humour come thick and fast but there
is also an underlying message that makes the film have a slight bit of meaning
for the younger (and some older) audience members.
All of the vocal cast from the TV series transfer their talents
to the big screen. Tom Kenny and Bill Fagerbakke are as funny as ever vocalising
SpongeBob and Patrick. In the longer format, the two of them can really
let loose, throwing joke after joke at the fans as SpongeBob and Patrick
have their high adventure. The rest of the vocal cast also have a lot of
fun. Mr. Lawrence is fantastic as the diabolical Sheldon J. Plankton who
plans to take over the restaurant empire and then the world. There also
good performances from celebrity guest voices by Alec Baldwin as hitman
Dennis, Jeffrey Tambor as King Neptune and Scarlett Johansson as his daughter,
Mindy. Some fans may be disappointed with lack of screen time for Sandy
Cheeks, Gary, Squidward Tentacles and Mr Krabs but we do get loads more
SpongeBob and Patrick to make up for this.
'The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie' is really good fun. While
the surreal humour might not be to everyone's taste, fans of the show will
rejoice at watching the feature length adventures of their favourite sponge.
With a hilarious finale featuring a fight on the strangest boat you will
ever see, this is a family movie that both kids and adults will love and
fans will treasure.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic with Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack,
the transfer is extremely good. Animation always transfers fantastically
onto DVD and this movie is no exception. Now you can visit Bikini Bottom
is glorious Widescreen with all its exuberant colours and design. The
sound quality is also first rate, as SpongeBob and Patrick's adventures
never sounded so good.
The Absorbing Tale behind the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (18.15 mins)
Writer/Director Stephen Hillenburg, Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Rodger Bumpass
(Squidward), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick), Clancy Brown (Mr Krabs), Mr Lawrence
(Plankton), Jeffrey Tambor (King Neptune), Scarlet Johansson (Mindy),
Alec Baldwin (Dennis) and David Hasselhoff talk about bringing SpongeBob
SquarePants to the silver screen. The featurette reveals how the character
was created and how the world and population of Bikini Bottom came to
life. The cast and writer/director talk about their characters and vocal
performances, discussing the plot of the movie and the move into life
Case of the Sponge 'Bob' (14.47 mins)
Acclaimed oceanographer Jean-Michael Cousteau and SpongeBob creator Stephen
Hillenburg take you on an undersea adventure to look at the sea creatures
that influenced the design of your favourite characters. You will see
sea stars, plankton, crabs, octopus, squid, frogfish, coral reefs and
of course, real life sponges.
Animatics (20.31 mins)
Writer/director Stephen Hillenburg introduces the animated storyboards
created for the movie. With recorded dialogue from the movie you can watch
the storyboards for 'SpongeBob's Dream Sequence', 'SpongeBob gets ready',
'Goofy Goobers', 'Bubble Party at the Thug Tug', 'Squidward discovers
Plankton's plot', 'Frogfish sequence', 'Now that we're men', 'SpongeBob
& Patrick on the drying rack' and 'SpongeBob and Patrick meet Sandy on
the Surface (Deleted Scene).
Saving the Surf (3.35 mins)
Chad Nelson, Matt McClain and Steve Pezman from the Surfrider Foundation
talk about how man made pollution is affecting the seas and beaches of
Teaser Trailer (1.12 mins)
Watch the extremely funny teaser trailer for 'The SpongeBob SquarePants
Paramount has done a really good job with the DVD transfer of 'The SpongeBob
SquarePants Movie'. By not totally pandering to the children's market
by filling the disc with silly games and interactive material they have
made the DVD appeal to fans, whatever their age. The only real missed
opportunity was the lack of a commentary track by either the writer/director
or the vocal artists themselves. Just imagine SpongeBob and Patrick doing
their own commentary track, on for the sequel maybe.
SpongeBob SquarePants (TV
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