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12 Feb 2015

A Recipe for Success: SpongeBob Goes Live-Action (Sometimes) in the Funny, if Spastic 'Sponge Out of Water'

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A scene from The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. A scene from The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.

Things don’t go well for the sea creatures of Bikini Bottom when the hallowed secret formula for the Krabby Patty goes missing.

In The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, the undersea home falls into a deep apocalypse (with everybody wearing leather?), and it is up to SpongeBob and his cohorts to go above water and get the recipe back.

The film is typical zany SpongeBob stuff while the action takes place underwater, rendered in traditional animation (albeit 3-D animation). When they go above water, it’s a different story: There is a mix of live action and CGI that is visually fun, but a little spastic at times. There’s definitely a spirit to the movie, as well as some great random humor. Bubbles the Dolphin is definitely a highlight, and Antonio Banderas has some fun as the goofy pirate looking to start his own food truck using his pirate ship.

SpongeBob fans won’t be disappointed, although they will probably enjoy the underwater scenes more than the flashier live-action sequences.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is playing at theaters across the valley.

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