Movie Review: “Sponge on the Run" is a silly, fun romp

Bill Choy
Siskiyou Daily News
SpongeBob (voiced by Tom Kenny, left) and Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) hit the roulette table in the Lost City of Atlantic City in "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run."

“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run" is a silly and fun film that put a goofy grin on my face for the majority of its run time. 

The third movie in the immensely popular SpongeBob franchise, which became a phenomenon when it began airing in 1999 as an Nickelodeon animated show, the film is sure to delight and amuse kids and their parents. 

Plain and simple, this film is designed to entertain and does the job quite well. Sure, it's silly and slapstick in its approach and full of puns. To some, it might not be as good as the previous two films and TV show. To me, it has more than enough humor and fun to recommend.  

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“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run," follows our hero SpongeBob SquarePants as he and his best buddy Patrick go on a mission to rescue his beloved pet snail Gary from the diabolical clutches of King Poseidon. Poseidon uses the slime from sea snails to keep him rejuvenated and young.

The pair have some adventures on their way to Poseidon’s home in Atlantic City. This includes meeting a wise sage, which is a tumbleweed with the face of movie star Keanu Reeves. Reeves is deadpan funny here and a welcome addition to the world of SpongeBob. There is also a part of the film where they have to deal with zombie ghost pirates, which is surreal but quite humorous. In this sequence there is an evil spirit known as "El Diablo," who is played by iconic actor Danny Trejo.

Bill Choy is the sports editor for the Siskiyou Daily News and Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers.

Oh, before I forget, Snoop Dogg makes a brief appearance. It's just that type of film. And I mean that in a good way. 

There are, of course, scenes in Bikini Bottom, where SpongeBob lives and we meet the familiar cast of characters. There is Plankton, who, as always, is working on a new plan to steal the Krabby Patty formula, and Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob's boss at the Krusty Krab to name just a few.  

Overall, this film is a fun way to spend 90 minutes. 

To end this review all I can say is “Oh...! Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob SquarePants! Absorbent and yellow and porous is he? SpongeBob SquarePants!” 

"The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run" is now streaming on Paramount Plus and can also be purchased on several other outlets online such Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, and other digital platforms. 

Grade: B 

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is rated PG for rude humor, some thematic elements, and mild language. 

Run time:1 hour 31 minutes.