"Oh no, what happened to Saturn... and to Jupiteaaa". That line by the hilarious Bubbles completely cracked me up. There certainly is some other genuinely funny stuff, but overall it doesn't honor the Spongebob spirit very well and is clearly a commercial compromise.
I never thought I'd see a sugargate sequence in a Spongebob production, yet here we are. I had a great time with this film. The animation was rad, weirdly diverse and the 3D-animated effects were strangely realistic. They're either live-action models or the best CGI lighting in history. I watched it stoned (as with everything...) and decided this might be Nickelodeon's first stoner feature. Didn't like it? Try drugs!
Yes, 4 stars. Complaints that anything here is "stupid" is precisely Spongebob's raison d'être. You're either with Squarepants in his joyful folly or you're Plankton screaming in terror at the saccharine innocence in Spongebob's brain and recoiling from his hysterical, unadulterated laugh.
It would've worked as a tv special episode, but it doesn't have enough strength to make me enjoy the movie as much as the cartoon series. And it's Antonio Banderas' lowest point of his career since Spy Kids. However, after so many attempts to poorly bring 2D characters to a 3D real world, this one looked very natural and well made.