The first time I met SpongeBob Squarepants, it was 4 am. I’d just gotten back from a heavy night of drinking, and was crashed out on my friend’s couch when her 5-year-old daughter came in and turned on Nickelodeon.
I don’t know what drew me in so much. Maybe it was the pineapple under the sea. Maybe it was the way the animators managed to slip so much adult humor into a show aimed at preschoolers. Maybe it was because of how outlandish it was. Regardless, when my friend eventually woke up at noon, she found me sitting on her living room floor eating Lucky Charms and still watching SpongeBob with her kid.
The sequel to the first movie was inevitable once it broke box office records in 2004, and the success of this installment guarantees a third. Luckily, this sequel is just as charming as the original.
We meet up with SpongeBob (Tom Kenny) and his ditzy starfish buddy Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) as they are again attempting to prevent Plankton (Doug Lawrence – a.k.a. Mr. Lawrence), from stealing the penny pinching Mr. Krabs’ Krabby Patty recipe. But this time, the recipe really does get stolen, and everyone travels to the surface to hunt down the pirate Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas), who has transformed his ship into a food truck.
It’s adorable, but not in that sickly sweet way the some kid’s movies are adorable, but still make parents want to gouge their eyes out. It’s adorable in kind of an “adults are in on the joke, too” way. There are more than a few laugh out loud, completely nonsensical moments and even after nearly 20 years, none of the characters have lost their magic.
SpongeBob is a result of really weird, really good and really endearing scriptwriting. I know kids who love it and I know 40-year-old former gang members who love it just as much. Much like the Krabby Patty, there’s some kind of magic formula that I just can’t figure out, but that I know I love.
For once, I don’t care if a kid’s movie chooses to make 40 sequels. While this might have been a cash grab, it doesn’t come off as one. It’s funny. It’s adorable and it’s still fresh. The makers of SpongeBob know what works and they brought it out in this sequel as well as they did in the first movie.
This wasn’t a movie that was slapped together for the money. This is clearly a labor of love from creators who still respect their audience, even after all this time. The movie is holding strong in the number 1 spot in the box office and it deserves it. Despite that fact that their audience is children, these makers don’t treat them like they’ll watch anything they slap a SpongeBob sticker on. They stay true to their characters. For that fact alone, this movie is worth the watch.
WE GAVE IT: 4 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!