The Spongebob Squarepants Movie

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"Spongebob Squarepants" is a semi-tolerable piece of kiddie tripe and this movie is just a long episode that's meant to cash in on those fans who are certain to show up to the theaters to see it.

There's nothing different or interesting about the film other than a few celebrity voices. Usually, I'll hear a celebrity voice in the middle of a film like this and try to pass some time figuring out who it is, but I didn't even care here. I knew Jeffrey Tambor was King Neptune, but I didn't realize Scarlett Johanson was his daughter, Mindy, and Alec Baldwin was Dennis, a biker who chases Spongebob (Tom Kenny) and Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) to Shell Island.

Spongebob and Patrick try to rescue King Neptune's crown after the King believes Mr. Krabs (Clancy Brown) has stolen it and sold it. Of course, it's actually Plankton (Doug Lawrence) who's stolen the crown. So while Spongebob and Patrick are away, Plankton steals the formula for the Krabby Patty and finally achieves the success he's always wanted.

Spongebob and Patrick are essentially recreating the story of "Finding Nemo" in that they venture into another part of the ocean and end up trapped in the human world. For a show that's revered as "The Simpsons" for nine-year-olds, this long episode is really rather lame and boring. There's a reason such shows are only 22 minutes.

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