I was kind of worried about how good the new SpongeBob movie was going to be, not only because of the quality of recent episodes of the show, but also the lack of hype for it. The hype surrounding the first SpongeBob movie ten years ago was huge. Maybe it has something to do with the movie not being targeted to people my age. I watched the movie during the third week of its release and was almost alone in the theater. In fact, I would have been the only person there if people did not walk in during the previews. I guess the hype for the movie is there as it has slaughtered the box office rankings, especially when comparing it to the first movie.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water surpassed my expectations. The commercials made it seem like most of the movie was going to be live action. This was not the case. Most of the movie, a little more than two-thirds of it, was done using traditional animation. Some people might be upset about the commercials being misleading, but there are enough live action scenes that it does not feel like a case of false advertising. If there had been any more live action scenes, the movie may have dragged on a bit.
I was entertained throughout the entire movie. While I did not burst out laughing, I had a giant grin on my face. There are some funny moments that SpongeBob fans will appreciate. The thing that intrigued me the most while watching the new SpongeBob movie is how weird it is. It almost reaches Ren and Stimpy levels of weirdness. There are trippy time travel sequences and a talking dolphin that controls time and space. Not to mention that as the trailers reveal, SpongeBob and his friends somehow make their way onto land and transformer into superheroes.
The 3D models in the live action scenes look fine. If they could use those models in a SpongeBob game, that would be great. There is just something that looks off about the characters in SpongeBob games. The games are mostly mediocre cash-ins anyways, so first they would actually need to try to make a decent game. The live action scenes are probably the weakest part of movie. They are not bad. It is just that seeing SpongeBob characters out of water has already been done. The first movie did it and it had David Hasslehoff.
The animation in the 2D scenes is great. It is crisp and clean. It is also refreshing seeing 2D animation on the big screen. The animation style is not a departure from what people used to. The style is a mixture of the TV show and the first movie. That is fine. There is no need to change things up like in the Rugrats movies which had a much darker color scheme than the show.
I am looking forward to the Blu-ray release of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. I want to see how well it holds up to multiple viewings. Will it stand the test of the time like the first movie, which seems to have only gotten better as time passes? I have a strong feeling that it will.