Spongebob’s Atlantis SquarePantis
Directed by Walt Dohrn, C.H. Greenblatt
Starring Santiago Ziesmer, SÃ©bastien Desjours
Paramount Home Video
Available Nov. 13, 2007
The first thing I have to say is that I am a true SpongeBob fan. I have seen every episode of the Nickelodeon cartoon series SpongeBob SquarePants, so when I heard there’s was going to be a SpongeBob movie, I was very happy and excited and was looking forward to it. I really didn’t know what to expect and since I didn’t know much about it — aside from finding out the title would be SpongeBob’s Atlantis SquarePantis — I would just have to wait to see the movie. I kept my hopes for it alive while wondering, will the movie be good or will the DVD releases just be all studio hype?
Well, I have to say right off the bat this was no hype job, SpongeBob’s Atlantis SquarePantis was well worth the wait. There are many good things about this movie I liked and appreciated as a fan and an artist. The one thing I didn’t like about it — and I will get that out of the way quickly so I can discuss the good parts — is that it was TOO SHORT. While the movie contained many great messages and the timing had a good flow to it, the movie itself was just too short; I think it could have gone on for at least another twenty or so more minutes.
But enough of the bad stuff, let’s talk about the good stuff. Right away, I found the artwork to be great, it had the same old SpongeBob feel, but there was a little twist to it. The new characters introduced were done in a different style, feel, and color scheme than those typical of SpongeBob. While watching the movie I kept getting the feeling that I was also watching Yellow Submarine; that is the best way I could describe this style they used. This definitely caught me off guard, since I was not expecting this style and character design. But it shows me that the artists keep reinventing and changing the show so that it does not become stale or boring, which SpongeBob is not. All the musical parts and songs work well with each other and give the watcher a little lesson about the subject they are singing about. All in all, this is a VERY GOOD SpongeBob — it has everything you want and some more. I would like to see them develop more of these characters for future use in the TV show. I recommend you take time out and watch this movie; it is for all ages, from kids to adults like me.
In Atlantis SquarePantis, SpongeBob and Patrick find a piece of a medallion to the lost city of Atlantis SquarePantis, but have no clue what it is, where it came from, or how important it is to Bikini Bottom (where they live). As usual, it’s Squidworth that has the information and tells both of them the story of Atlantis SquarePantis and why it is so important. After hearing the story, the only thing SpongeBob and Patrick want to see is the “World’s Oldest Bubble,” especially since SpongeBob is a master bubble blower himself. So off goes the Bikini Bottom crew — SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidworth, along with Mr. Crabs, Sandy, and even Plankton — on an adventure to find this missing city to see if it actually exists and, if so, unlock the knowledge it contains. I am not going to give away what happens to them, but I am just going to say that everyone gets what they always wanted and dreamed of. Each character gets to explore and learn new things on this adventure and sing snappy and catchy songs about their dreams.
Aside from the Atlantis SquarePantis movie, the 93-minute DVD release includes six other SpongeBob episodes: Money Talks, SpongeBob vs. The Patty Gadget, Slimy Dancing, The Krusty Sponge, Sing a Song of Patrick, and Picture Day. There’s also two featurettes — Inside the SpongeBob Animation Studios and Behind the Pantis: The Making of “Atlantis SquarePantis”. The studio and artist take you behind the scenes of the making of the movie and how SpongeBob is created. I liked the way they show you everything about how the movie is made, from using the traditional animation to melding it with new technology. This is a nice feature to show the kids or anyone who is interested in the animation field.
I was a little nervous that the movie would not match up to the television show, but it took the best of both worlds and mixed them together to make an awesome movie. This proves that the show can be adapted into a movie very easily without any editing and without loosing the feel to it. I am looking forward to the next movie and new episodes that are coming out. I would definitely recommend going out and getting this SpongeBob DVD. If you’re not already a SpongeBob fan, I hope you will become one.