Director: Paul Tibbitt
Starring: Tom Kenny, Antonio Banderas
It's difficult to comprehend that this animated film cost US$74 million to produce and even more incredulous that its earnings at the worldwide box office will topple US$300 million.
Mostly animated but also containing live action scenes, the story is absurdly simplistic and stars Antonio Banderos in the only featured live-action role as an evil pirate (well as evil as can be expected in a kid's flick).
When a pirate steals the secret Krabby Patty formula, Spoungebob and plankton (yes that's right plankton) team up to retrieve it. Hence the audience embarks on an 'adventure' (I use that word very lightly!) along with many animated 'friends' in which the singing and dancing pirate and other minor cheesy atrocities await the audience.
Silly to say the least, the animation which resembles those old-style cartoons from the 1960's seems out of date and cheap, not worthy of the price tag attached to this production. The sugary-sweet moral to this film is to work in teams - teaches children that working in unison in a friendly fashion is the best way of achieving.
This is a hype flick in which strangely the adults appeared to be having more fun with this oddity than the children, who seemed to be more delighted with the spoungebob masks and other assorted goodies handed out to them before the movie!
**SPECIAL NOTE** A 3 star rating applicable only because this movie retrieved distant memories from my childhood of watching badly animated kiddie shows. JAKE