The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie

The family saw the SpongeBob movie at the local Century 16 cinema yesterday. We are all avid fans of the TV series on Nickelodeon and have probably seen nearly every episode (more than once). We know all the characters and what they do. We knew what to expect.

The movie is like a long SpongeBob TV episode. A painfully long episode.

Don't get me wrong. If you like the TV series and are a yound kid, you'll like this. If you are an adult, you might cringe in a couple of places. You might find it slow in a couple of places too. It starts out okay, jokes are quick and everything feels right, then it starts to fade near the end. It's really mostly Spongebob, Patrick, Plankton and three new characters; King Neptune, his daughter Mindy and Dennis. Plus an enlarged cameo appearance by David Hasselhoff. I liked that the film had an "if you believe in yourself, you can do it!" thread weaved into it. I'd have preferred to have seen a story with more Squidward, Sandy, Gary et al and less viewing of Hasselhoff's butt. And where was all that great SpongeBob swearing?

I didn't feel I gained much by seeing the cartoon on the big screen either. Whereas the graphics and animation of The Incredibles is just made for theatres, SpongeBob just looked Big.

I'm curious how well this movie will go over with folks who haven't seen SpongeBob before on cable. There must be one of two of them out there somewhere. There is a lot of knowledge that's gleaned from watching all the TV episodes that make certain scenes more understandable. Is there enough of a movie there to still be enjoyable, when you don't know this? Probably.

There was a good preview for An Unfortunate Series of Events, and even though I'm tiring of the books, I think the movie looks like it's going to be worth going to see.

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