‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ Summary & Review – A Homage To Its Creator


The nostalgic blockbuster of a Cartoon character and one of our most beloved shows might have skipped various cinema releases due to the pandemic but Netflix release was inevitable and finally The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is available for the viewers to dive back into the nostalgia of their childhood mornings when we glued our eyes to our CRT screens to enjoy the underwater life of SpongeBob SquarePants.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is an adventure to solve the mysterious kidnapping of his friend Garu the Snail. The animation department did justice but the touch of Stephen McDannell Hillenburg is missing, who created the TV series.

From 2D to 3D with Precision

Everything from the past cinematic approach to a SpongeBob SquarePants flick was dropped by making the whole thing animated which makes the whole viewing feels more comfortable as we grew up with SpongeBob on a 2D animation. The animation department has done a commendable job to do justice to transition the characters who are loved by masses and presented in an acceptable and optimal level. The frame by frame analysis made me realize how much work the put in to ensure the nostalgic SpongeBob SquarePants world is emulated with extreme precision.

Stephen Hillenburg Essence is Missing but the Casting is Optimized

The cartoon character imprinted itself in our heads with so much ease that Hillenburg’s perspectives are there in our heads and the depth of the script is missing the elements that he brought to the table even though the direction by Tim Hill is on point the writing seems a bit off or maybe being a big old school SpongeBob fanboy it might be a personal experience.

The cast makes up something out of nothing as the whole casting process included actors that do justice to their respective roles. Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants/ Gary/ French Narrator), Keanu Reeves (Sage), Clancy Brown (Mr Krabs), Jason Maybaum (Squidward), Akkwafina (Otto) and even Snoop Dogg (the gambler) have voice acted beautifully to craft this adventure of SpongeBob.

SpongeBob Fans should Go For It

I am not saying the film is a must-watch given the lack of backdrop and depth in the whole script but apart from that if you like SpongeBob SquarePants you will have a good time but don’t expect a lot. The actors will do their job of presenting the best version possible but I know for a fact that if you are an old school fan you will notice the missing piece of the whole picture which is Stephen McDannell Hillenburg and his perspective of writing and making a sponge one of the most iconic characters of the animation industry.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is a nice watch to let yourself relax with your kids and have a good family time and enjoy some of the nostalgia and maybe share it with your tween kids and introduce them to SpongeBob SquarePants. It is dedicated to it’s original creator of the cartoon, Stephen Hillenburg (died in 2018).

This article is a homage by Digital Mafia Talkies to the person who shaped our childhood without even knowing. Rest In Peace Stephen Hillenburg.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is streaming on Netflix.

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Shreshtha Shukla
Shreshtha Shukla
"Thou art the suffering from which unwarranted melancholia emerges" Shreshtha Shukla is a writer, teacher, and a film enthusiast.

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