The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water continues the story of a sponge living in a town under the sea. His name? SpongeBob Squarepants (Tom Kenny), of course. We catch up with him doing what he does best: loving everything, which includes making Krabby Patties, the most popular food in his town. But when the recipe disappears, the townspeople begin to riot, causing an apocalypse to take place. Now, SpongeBob and his enemy Plankton (Mr. Lawrence) must go out to find the recipe and save humanity. Or fishmanity. Or, whatever.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water will give Inherent Vice a run for its money for trippiest film ever made. I have absolutely no idea what drugs the writers of this film were taking when they decided to write this movie, but I'm thankful that drug exists. I don't feel the need to experience it though, as watching this movie has given me a taste for that lifestyle, and if I were to double feature it with Inherent Vice then maybe, just maybe, I may overdose. It's a mind boggling, yet self aware 90 minutes that will have you questioning reality and trying to comprehend if any of this stuff is actually happening or if somebody drugged your popcorn. I'm still not sure what I watched, but I'm happy I did.
Unlike what the advertising (and title) suggested, the film is more animation-oriented, rather than live action. It's two thirds animation, one third live action, and when the animation is on screen, it's bloody weird. The 2D animation looks wonderful, keeping it in the style of the TV show, which I did used to watch when I was younger, and the 3D animation is also very fleshed out. As a fan of animation in general, I'm glad they decided to go this way, even if none of the story makes any sort of sense.
Seriously, I can't tell you enough, this film is a drug trip. It's got time travel, fish interrogating tires, an apocalypse, Mr. Krabs in a gimp outfit, a talking dolphin that shoots lasers at one point, a cotton candy world and so much more. It's utterly and completely ridiculous, but it's so much fun to watch, and much like Inherent Vice, I couldn't help but smile at most of the scenes due to their likability and insanity, all wrapped in a thick layer of marijuana. It's crazy, but it's awesome.
To sum up, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water brings back the humour and animation style of the original series and mixes it with live action and (presumably) marijuana, resulting in one hell of an experience.