The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

When his best friend Gary is suddenly snatched away, SpongeBob takes Patrick on a madcap mission far beyond Bikini Bottom to save their pink-shelled pal.

Year: 2020
Certificate: U
Runtime: 1hr 35m
Director: Tim Hill
Starring: Tom KennyBill FagerbakkeRodger BumpassMr. LawrenceKeanu ReevesClancy BrownCarolyn LawrenceMatt BerryJill TalleyMary Jo Catlett

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A nauseating and dizzy rehash of a better time in a legacy that’s surpassed its golden days.

While I’m aware that “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run” was made primarily with kids in mind, it’s worth noting the franchise was given a soft reboot not too long ago as a way to lean into the more risky humour without the backlash from parents. As such I think it’s only fair to judge it on that merit and not the child-centric adventures that came before.

The premise consists of Spongebob going on a mission to find his beloved ‘Gary’ the snail after he goes missing. That is it. That is the extent and depth of this movie and while Spongebob movies aren’t known for their deep and engaging stories, this movie’s plot is spread about as thin as it can possibly be as it sidelines many fan favourite characters.

Why they chose the peculiar animation style is a mystery. It does nothing but nauseate and would have been much better served sticking to the more traditional 2D animation we are all accustomed to. There is the odd chuckle to be found and all original cast return once again fronted by the talented Tom Kenny. There’s also a cameo from the ever loved Keanu Reeves but ultimately it does nothing to stop this movie falling flat.

I guess I just don’t know who this movie would appeal too. It’s almost alien to those who grew up with the eccentric sponge ruining any good credit it may have gotten through nostalgia; but it is also off-putting to those who may randomly stumble across it with it’s over vibrant aesthetic.

Ultimately there may be a little something here for die hard fans but I highly doubt the majority will come away thinking it was time well spent…

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