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November 19, 2004 was, for me, a dark day for a cartoon that, for three solid-gold seasons, hit cartoon perfection over and over again. For 19/11/2014 was the day that The SpongeBob Square Pants Movie came out. To many fans, it was good enough. To others, including me, it was the first sign that the series was going to crash and shatter. At the time, I enjoyed the movie somewhat. It wasn't anything special, but I felt it was passable for what it was. But, when Season 4 came along - a season which was a huge step down from the previous three - I realised what the movie was: the beginning of the end for my favourite show. As seasons of the show went by and I refused to watch them, but read about the horrors of them online on various websites, I began to loathe the movie even more. The higher voices, the increased childishness, the overly dark and disturbing tone the show adopted - it all started with the movie, which killed such a gem of a series, in my opinion.

I mean, think about it. Goofy Goober. In my honest opinion, an abomination which, even as a kid, made me feel uncomfortable. The obnoxious song, the sickeningly cheerful restaurant, the fact that SpongeBob and Patrick - two characters who I loved as a kid - are attending this place despite the fact that it's clearly aimed at five-year olds... it's almost like foreshadowing the unforgivable "Squid Baby" episode, where they play with baby toys. The way they grossly eat too much ice cream and SpongeBob's ugly drunkenness in the next scene makes it even worse. Not funny to me, just disgusting and unnecessary padding in an attempt to make it look edgier. The part where they played with the bubbles? Idiotic. The part where they encounter all those bones was pretty cool and dark but also rather grim when you remember this is SPONGEBOB. The "moustaches" thing? Totally ridiculous, and the song that went along with it, I never liked. When SBSP and Patrick get captured and dry out... that seen was strong, until they started singing Goofy Goober again. Mindy was boring, I preferred the original King Neptune, and overall it's just a bizarre overload of childishness, especially the ending song. Dear God.

Overall, though this movie is better than many post Season 3 episodes, I cannot help but blame it for the decline. Everything wrong with SpongeBob now started with this movie. Very disappointing.

Comments

  • KarkatTheDalek
  • 28th Oct 14
Being rather over-dramatic, if you ask me.

The songs, the stuff you call "idiotic", I personally liked, but hey, that's subjective. I'm actually a little confused here - you say it's too childish, but at the same time, you seem to think it's too grim?

I personally think it's silly to blame the movie for the show's decline. Hillenburg was involved in the movie's production, unlike the post-movie seasons, and had planned for it to be the grand finale. If the movie has anything to do with the decline, then I'd say it's that the people working on the show after this decided to try to mimic the movie on a more superficial level, while ignoring what actually made it good.

The ending song (I presume you're referring to "Goofy Goober Rock") is awesome, and I will never let anyone tell me otherwise, but again, that's subjective. I'll just close with saying that I find it ironic that you find the movie childish when its message is that it's okay to be a kid, and you don't need to be in a hurry to grow up.
  • TT454
  • 28th Oct 14
The film just doesn't strike a good balance between its two moods, in my honest opinion. When it wants to be fun, it's overly whimsical and obnoxious. When it wants to be dark, it's ugly and twisted. It doesn't find a happy medium. To me, the whole thing is overblown. In fact, I feel that most adaptations are overblown, but this one especially so.

I also absolutely despised the whole "SPONGEBOB IS A KID!!!" thing. The film shoves that concept down our throats over and over again. SBSP's always been eccentric, immature and happy-go-lucky, but he isn't a "kid". I mean for Christ's sake, he's owns his own house, has a job, goes to driving (boating) school, does his own chores, pays his own bills, and is mostly mentally stable (at least before his Flanderization). But not according to the movie. Oh no, in the movie he's apparently supposed to be a legitimate child. I know it's just a cartoon but sometimes these things can be annoyingly, notably problematic. This is why I loathed "Grandma's Kisses" so much. SpongeBob acting younger and quirkier on the inside is fine because that's why he appealed to both kids and adults, but overdoing it makes him a caricature.

This might sound like an old man's ramblings (I'm 21 years old, but trust me, I'm a grumpy 60-year old on the inside) but even as a kid I knew something was wrong. It just wasn't SpongeBob to me, and "Goofy Goober Rock" was pretty much the nail in the coffin for the movie, in my opinion, and the montage that goes along with it is a surreal mess that was nowhere near as cool or memorable as the similarly glam metal-inspired "Sweet Victory" from the classic episode "Band Geeks".
  • TT454
  • 28th Oct 14
By "most adaptations" I meant most CARTOON adaptations. Should have mentioned that.
  • KarkatTheDalek
  • 28th Oct 14
Alright then. I suppose that's fair enough.

But I disagree.
  • AfroWarrior27
  • 30th Oct 14
What a horrible review that miss the point on so many levels. And i'm sure you remember me before from your Toy Story 3 review. Would you like me to go at you with another round this time between Sponngebob?

Because believe me, i'm ready for a round 2.
  • AfroWarrior27
  • 30th Oct 14
Whoops two ns, but yeah. I'm ready for round 2. If you say yes, i'm seriously going to go in on this excuse for a "review".
  • TT454
  • 30th Oct 14
Go ahead and defend it. It isn't going to change my opinion of it, but you're allowed to try. You seem to really hate me, so take your best shot.

One thing though: I do think there's one big positive to the movie - the opening. The pirates finding tickets to the SpongeBob movie and then singing the theme tune on the way to the cinema? That was funny and enjoyable. And then it segues excellently into that really cool dream sequence with SpongeBob putting cheese on a patty for a KK customer and treating it like he's rescuing him from injury. THAT was just brilliant. A shame that it tumbles downhill from thereon in my opinion, becoming so weird and annoying.
  • AfroWarrior27
  • 31st Oct 14
Yeah, because Spongebob has never been weird and annoying before even in the pre-movie episodes. You're making contradictory statements already.

And of course you're not going to change your opinion. Because you shown before no matter how flawed and untrue your statements may be. You'll stick to them, which isn't a logical thing to do.
  • TT454
  • 31st Oct 14
"Flawed and untrue statements"... What. IT'S CALLED AN OPINION!

What, do you want me to enjoy the movie? Would it really improve your life if someone you've never met suddenly starts liking something that you like? I'm not going to enjoy the movie. I don't like it. I am not going to change my viewpoint on something as insignificant as a 75-minute animated film for little kids because of one upset fanboy.

You are taking this way too seriously. I can understand someone defending Toy Story 3 because it was a big worldwide hit, even if I didn't think it was as good as the first two. But defending a movie based on a cartoon, as if it's really that special and meaningful? How old are you exactly?

Fine. Just get it over with. I think the movie is garbage on the same level as the crappy Tom and Jerry movie, but if you really think it's worth defending, go ahead and defend it.
  • AfroWarrior27
  • 31st Oct 14
I said nothing about you to enjoy the movie, you're more than welcome to dislike it. With that said don't think I won't call you out on the flawed points you make. I have every right to do that. This is a review and these are the comment. If you can't handle the heat, get out the kitchen.

And that's an ignorant statement, so it's wrong to defend a movie based on a Cartoon? You're trenching some Animation Age Ghetto territory.

To many Spongebob fans this movie is special because it provided an excellent note for the series to go out on. Too many this film was the ending to the series because it WAS SUPPOSE TO END THE SERIES which is why people feel it's special and meaningful. This is where the show would have left out on if Nickelodeon didn't try to milk Spongebob further.

And are you really going to pull that age crap on me? Because you take your movie overly serious as well, judging by both this review and your Toy Story 3 review, so don't even start. And more off all I bet i'm younger than you or around your age so if you're going to play that flawed game, than I'll ask you the same faulty quwstion, how old are you? Answer first.

And you think this movie is on the same level as Tom and Jerry? Seriously? Yeah i'm starting to sense a troll.
  • AfroWarrior27
  • 31st Oct 14
  • question.
  • manhandled
  • 4th Oct 15
I get the feeling that Plankton being Knight of Cerebus and Vile Villain Sacharrine Show turned up to 11 (out of context of the series you'd think he'd be a Complete Monster) must be a bad thing in regards to this movie...
  • manhandled
  • 4th Oct 15
I get the feeling that Plankton being Knight of Cerebus and Vile Villain Sacharrine Show turned up to 11 (out of context of the series you'd think he'd be a Complete Monster) must be a bad thing in regards to this movie...
  • TheRealYuma
  • 13th Apr 18
Talk about misblaming. The movie was supposed to be both the canonical and logical end of the series. The reason the post-movie seasons ended up the way they did is because Stephen Hillenburg left the show. Also, I take it you missed the whole point of Goofy Goober: a Chuck E. Cheese parody.

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