The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (PG)
Animation 93 min. February 6, 2015
Banderas's Burger Beard, a swashbuckler cum amateur fast-food vendor, disrupts life as SpongeBob (Tom Kenny) and his friends know it by stealing the secret formula for Krabby Patties, the mega-popular sandwich that SpongeBob prepares at the Krusty Krab, an underwater burger joint. To save his hometown of Bikini Bottom from a Road Warrior–style apocalypse, SpongeBob teams up with Plankton (Douglas "Mr. Lawrence" Osowski), a pint-sized rival restaurateur.
Until the drawn-out and uninspired live-action finale, Sponge Out of Water earns a lot of laughs by playing up its characters' stock eccentricities: Pollyannaishly naive SpongeBob explains the concept of teamwork to Plankton through a brief but hysterical musical number, while scheming Plankton vomits up a rainbow after he explores the inside of SpongeBob's head and discovers that Mr. SquarePants's brain is made of cotton candy. By this point, SpongeBob's creators know how to get the most out of their porous hero, making Sponge Out of Water a nearly perfect supersized entrée for old fans and new.