The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (14-Nov-2004)|
Director: Stephen Hillenburg
Writers: Stephen Hillenburg; Derek Drymon; Tim Hill; Kent Osborne; Aaron Springer; Paul Tibbitt
Featured review by [[Mark Tapio Kines]]:
Why did I see this movie, you might ask? Well, first of all, my girlfriend wanted to. But the other reason -- and I get so few opportunities to say this that this might be the only time I can -- is that the film's director, Steve Hillenburg, is my old classmate from California Institute of the Arts. There's only three people, so far, who have become fabulous successes about whom I can say "I knew them when": Danger Mouse, superagent Rick Yorn, and Steve. What I can tell you about Steve is that when he came to CalArts, he had a degree in marine biology and had done some cartoons, but had never animated anything. You wouldn't know it when you saw the things he did in class: his timing was perfect. So I'm glad he found fame and fortune with this character that he created, the titular SpongeBob. As for the humor? Well, it's pretty much non-stop silliness, isn't it? SpongeBob SquarePants is a direct descendent of Ren and Stimpy, only a bit less subversive. Thus, it lacks bite. But the kids love it. So go Steve. I won't bother telling you about the plot, but I will say that guest voiceover talent Scarlett Johansson puts more energy into her performance here than I've ever seen out of her in a live action film. And I give one last round of kudos to Steve for hiring our mutual friend Mark Osborne as sequence director, for putting a song in the movie that he wrote with the other guys from our experimental animation program, Steve Belfer and Carlos Palazio, and for dedicating the whole shebang to our late mentor, Jules Engel. Aside from all that, you either find SpongeBob hilarious or annoying, and you've already decided whether or not you're going to see this movie based on that. So why review it? In short, I thought it was OK.
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