Nobody expects brilliant cinema when they see this type of movie, but with the solid writing, hilarious voice acting, and off-the-wall humor, the creator/director (Hillenburg) is certainly capable of it. I was astonished at how many crude, albeit mostly subtle, jokes there were (such as references to being drunk, Patrick being a hooker, making fun of rednecks, etc). I doubt the little kiddies will understand much of that stuff, so I guess it works out great on all accounts. The children get to enjoy the happy and wacky adventures, the teens have plenty of laughs with the witty writing, and even adults can have fun regressing to their younger years while watching. Sure, it’s basically just an extended TV show, but the creator constantly finds interesting new ways to entertain its audience. Although, even with the non-stop humor, in the end, most people still prefer at least a little substance, something which the SPONGEBOB MOVIE has almost none of. Lacking substance isn’t the only problem though; the film also gets pretty tiresome. The reason TV works so well is because it’s perfect for people with non-existent attention spans. Unfortunately, the TV formula doesn’t work so well for movies. I suggest taking a five-minute break during the movie, because there is only so much random wackiness that people can take in one sitting. A final, minor complaint is about the addition of the character Mindy (a loving and caring mermaid), voiced by Scarlett Johansson, who is, ironically, the most annoying character in the movie. That said, not everyone is going to enjoy a movie like this (I can actually guarantee many will hate it), but darned if I’m not one of the many viewers who has fallen in love the yellow, giddy, and spongey hero.
The Absorbing Tale Behind THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE (18:50) : Although mainly consisting of tons of interviews with the director and pretty much every voice actor, we also get to look at the making of the hilarious scene with David Hasselhoff. A lot of questions I had we’re answered, plus it was fun to see the people behind the voices.
Case of the Sponge “Bob” (14:50): If you can get through the horrendously acted and painful two-minute intro, this is pretty cool to watch. Think of it as the “educational” featurette to please the parents. It’s basically an underwater exploration of the sea creatures used in the movie, but clears up the details to make sure children know that the movie isn’t a fact-based translation of them.
Animatics (20:31): We get 8 of them, played one after the other. I liked watching them mostly because we get different people doing the voices every time. If you get bored, make sure to skip to the final one and not just back to the menu (it’s a deleted scene).
Saving the Surf (3:37): Good for kids to watch. Teaches about taking care of our oceans and such.
We also get a funny Teaser Trailer and two Previews.