Animated children's feature, set in the underwater town of Bikini Bottom. Tom Kenny provides the voice of the eponymous hero, as SpongeBob sets off to recover the stolen crown of King Neptune, assisted by his best friend Patrick. SpongeBob's boss Mr Krabs has been accused of the crime, and even though the two of them don't see eye-to-eye, SpongeBob sets off to prove he is innocent. With Patrick, he makes the journey to the dark and dangerous Shell City, determined to free Mr Krabs and recover the crown. Also features the voices of Scarlett Johansson and Alec Baldwin, with a special appearance by David Hasselhoff.
How many movies offer the rare spectacle of a parasailing pink starfish flying over a crowd with a congratulatory pennant clenched between his buttcheeks? And that's only the tip of the iceberg--The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is a freewheeling goof of a cartoon, full of surreal twists as its diminutive heroes head down a dangerous road to rescue the lost crown of King Neptune. SpongeBob (voiced by Tom Kenny), an arrested adolescent in the mold of Pee-wee Herman, works at a fast-food restaurant that serves something called Krabby Patties (as the restaurant owner is himself a crab, it's not clear what exactly they're made of). His best friend Patrick Starfish (Bill Fagerbakke) lives under a rock and has an IQ in the lower digits. Still, their friendship carries them through many a tight spot as they strive for manliness. Anyone seeking a coherent world will be disappointed; in this undersea adventure, things catch on fire or seem to be surrounded by air whenever it's convenient for a gag. The jokes are often more silly than actually funny, but there's an undeniably energetic joviality to the proceedings. Featuring the voices of Scarlett Johansson, Jeffrey Tambor, Alec Baldwin, and a fully fleshed appearance by David Hasselhoff. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com