The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2021) Movie Review

But a big part of what has made the “SpongeBob SquarePants” TV series such a joy over the past 20 years is its vibrancy. These quick bursts of entertainment, with their quirky characters, surreal energy, and silly puns, are perfect for bite-sized pieces. Lying down to 90 minutes in “Sponge on the Run,” the pace slows down, the awkwardness subsides, and you discover over time that there’s not much to hold these antics together. This latest film, written and directed by “SpongeBob” veteran Tim Hill, is particularly slim, as it is actually a launching pad for “Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years”. The animated series – featuring a “Muppet Babies” version of SpongeBob and his pals first meeting each other in their youth – just happens to start airing on Paramount + on the same day as this movie in a bit of synergy from streaming.

Again, if you are a worried parent looking for insane happiness for your children and a little ‘me’ while you are stuck at home, this is a totally suitable choice for all. the people involved. Far from me the idea of ​​judging. I’m right here with you. And there are a few celebrity cameos aimed more at adult fun. Don’t expect anything groundbreaking – although this is the first of these films to be produced entirely by CGI, so there is at least one visual finesse that is new.

As always, SpongeBob enjoys a blissful existence in the underwater world of Bikini Bottom, starting each new day by happily greeting his pal, Patrick the Starfish (Bill Fagerbakke), much to the chagrin of the grumpy Squidward (Rodger Bumpass). ). Beside him is his big-eyed best friend Gary the Snail (whom Kenny also voices in charming gurgles and moans), who is as loyal as he is adorable. Seriously, you’ll find yourself saying, “Awww…” every time he’s on screen.

But one day, SpongeBob comes home from work at fast food restaurant Krusty Krab to the shocking discovery that Gary took a snail nap. Vain King Poseidon (Matt Berry) has run out of face cream and needs the mucus that snails like Gary provide to maintain his pristine complexion. Understandably, the little and naughty Plankton (Mr. Lawrence), rival restaurateur of Mr. Krabs (Clancy Brown), has something to do with the disappearance. Over time, you too will be deeply saddened by Gary’s absence as it becomes more and more evident that he is the best part of the movie.

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