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Movie Review: The SpongeBob Movie; Sponge out of Water – Fun family toon


Cast: Antonio Banderas and the voices of Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass.

Director: Paul Tibbitt & MIke Mitchell

Ringo Starr would write, “I’d like to be under the sea/In an octopus’ garden in the shade…”

Like the Beatles who sailed to the sun till they found the sea of green and lived beneath the waves, in their yellow submarine, the denizens of Bikini Bottom dwell warm below the storm in their little hideaway on the sea bed.

In this sequel to 2004’s “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, the titular ocean dwelling invertebrate comes to terra firma  to retrieve the top-secret recipe for their favourite Krabby Patties which has been stolen from a cafe in Bikini Bottom which is a far, far cry from  Bikini Atoll, the peace time nuclear  test  site for the US of A.

Dispossessed of their fave-rave foodstuff, the Bikini Bottomers start behaving like Mumbaikars deprived of vada pav and  SpongeBob  (Tom Kenny) must take the help of  his friends, the  starfish Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke), Squidward (Rodger Bumpass), his employer Mr. Krabs (Clancy Brown) and Sandy (Carolyn Lawrence) and even join forces with Krab’s business rival Plankton (Mr. Lawrence) to leave his seabed home and go ashore to fight  the thief, pirate Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas), who has some grand plans for the delicacy aboard his amphibious ship.

Their quest even takes them to the future, where they meet Bubbles, a mystic magisterial dolphin who guards the cosmos. (The film takes some liberties with science: Jupiter and Saturn are gaseous entities, but break off in chunks when they collide in the film). Antagonist Burger Beard does double duty as narrator via a magical, mysterious book he is writing which connects the animated world below the sea and the live action “real” world above.

Director Paul Tibbitt who worked on the long-running Nickelodeon TV series “SpongeBob SquarePants”  mixes candy coloured animation and crazy live action in this 3D wide-screen endeavour  which stresses the importance of team work and cooperation.