By Ben Rosenthal | Staff Writer
The first SpongeBob movie since The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water grossed over $54 million during its opening weekend and has quickly become one of this year’s top grossing movies.
In the movie, the famous formula for the Krabby Patty is stolen. SpongeBob and his arch-nemesis Plankton must team up to recover the formula. In an attempt to recover the formula, SpongeBob and Plankton travel back in time to stop the thieves. However, their plan goes horribly wrong, and the town of Bikini Bottom falls into chaos. Eventually, they have to float to the surface and fight a pirate to retrieve the formula.
This is the second SpongeBob movie to be released in theaters since the original was released almost 10 years ago. The movie’s expected audience combines kids who watch SpongeBob now with young adults who grew up watching SpongeBob and watch it now for nostalgia.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water has great animation that can stand up to pixar films. The art style and transfer between animation and live-action was done properly. Not only was the animation terrific, this is one of the few movies to use 3D technology properly. Most movies only use 3D as a way to earn a little more money, however this movie does it correctly.
Tom Kenny was the voice actor in the original SpongeBob movie and he made a return in the second one. Tom is known for his role as playing SpongeBob, the narrator in The Powerpuff Girls and an Annie Award winner. Tom leads a great cast of voice actors who were able to keep its roots connected to the show.
Overall, the movie displayed a great feeling of nostalgia for older SpongeBob fans and for younger kids. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water shows off the talent of the animators and voice actors along with a typical SpongeBob plot.