The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run – Blu-ray Review

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

Director Tim Hill has the unenviable task of continuing the SpongeBob universe after the loss of creator Stephen Hillenburg. Not to mention, he had to create a film that also has to tie in with the new Kamp Koral series. As someone who has never seen anything SpongeBob, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is one of those rare animated films that could actually entertain anyone who’s never seen the show before. I can also see why SpongeBob SquarePants has been so popular for so many years. 

After watching the film and going back to watch the original series, it’s easy to see that The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is a warm and loving tribute to the world that Hillenburg created. It’s a loony good time that’s full of fun and light-hearted humor. Now, the SpongeBob SquarePants franchise has never been a platform of high-brow sophistication. It’s essentially the spiritual successor to another Nickelodeon classic, Ren & Stimpy. Yet the road trip caper delivers on the offbeat energy that fans have come to expect from these otherworldly creatures. 

Tim Hill has managed to take the goofy characters of SpongeBob on a road trip that is visually spectacular and consistently entertaining. The visual gags and banter are still gleefully silly — mixing verbal and physical humor. Not to mention, the film features some perfectly cast celebrity cameos, both in-person and part of the voice cast. Chief among them is Mr. Breathtaking himself, Keanu Reeves, as SpongeBob’s spiritual advisor and guide. We know Keanu as this action and rock star, but seeing him play a spiritual guide is just perfect. 

Overall, SpongeBob fans of all ages will find plenty to like about The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On the Run. It’s hilarious, visually dazzling, and lively. As someone who grew up on Ren & StimpySpongeBob hit all the right notes for me. However, if you were never a fan, it’s possible that Sponge on the Run won’t change your mind. 

Movie Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run - Tom Kenny

Video

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run hits Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-AVC with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The overall picture is pristine, and both the brightness and black levels are terrific. Also, the colorful world of SpongeBob beautifully comes to life here. The colors are bold and simply just leap off the screen. At the same time, the crystal clear details highlight the textured, realistic 3D take of the characters. The live-action segments are also beautiful, especially the earthy terrain, the wooden texture inside the saloon, and of course, Mr. Breathtaking Keanu Reeves inside of a tumbleweed.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run - Keanu Reeves, Tom Kenny, and Bill Fagerbakke

Audio

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run hits Blu-ray with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. As a whole, the audio mix is predominantly front-loaded. There are, however, accurate instances of playful levels of immersion, such as Sandy Cheeks and crew riding off to Atlantic City. At the same time, the score and film’s pop soundtrack is front-loaded as well. However, there is a hint of the music hitting the surround channels as well. Since the audio is primarily in the front, the dialogue is distinct throughout from the front-center channel.

Audio Rating: 4/5 atoms

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run - Bill Fagerbakke, Tom Kenny, and Awkwafina

Special Features

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run‘s Blu-ray disc has the following special features on Blu-ray disc:

  • I’m Urchin You to Leave Mini-Movie
  • Campfire Songs
    • Agua Music Video by Tainy and J. Balvin
    • How We Do Lyric Video by Snoop Dogg and Monsta X
    • Krabby Step Lyric Video by Tyga, Swae Lee & Lil Mosey
    • Agua Lyric Video by Tainy and J. Balvin
  • Campfire Stories
    • Deleted Storyboard: Wake Up
    • Deleted Storyboard: Sumo Ninja
  • Camp Coral Buddies
    • The Ballad of SpongeBob and Patrick!
    • I ♥️ Camp Coral by SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Camp Arts and Crafts
    • Drawing the Cutest Camper Ever
    • Drawing the Cutest Snail Ever
    • The Amazing Stages of Animation
  • But Wait… There’s S’mores!
    • The Wonders of the Patty Mobile

The “Urchin You to Leave” is basically one-half of a Kamp Koral episode. So if you’re a fan of the show (which chances are you are), then you’ll highly enjoy the mini-movie. The “Campfire Songs” is self-explanatory — they’re all music videos. “Ballad of SpongeBob and Patrick” talks at length about the importance of SpongeBob and Patrick’s friendship – not just on the show but in Sponge on the Run too. “I Love Camp Coral” has SpongeBob reminiscing about his time at Camp Coral as he goes through his picture album at the camp. 

Both “Cutest Camper” and “Cutest Snail” have artist Perry Maple teaching you how to draw young SpongeBob and Gary. As someone who can’t draw, this is an enlightening feature since you see how one would draw a character without tracing paper. “Amazing Stages of Animation” has Bill Fagerbakke (the voice of Patrick Star) showing you the four essential stages of animation: Storyboard, layout, animation, and texture & lighting. “The Wonders of the Patty Mobile” has Patty talking about the upgrades she made to the new-and-improved Patty Mobile in Sponge on the Run.

Special Features Rating: 3.5/5 atoms


Overall, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run isn’t a film that’s high class or well-rounded, but it’s a film that captures the heart and hilarity of the show. It’s of the SpongeBob that you love, and sometimes, that’s all you need. The video presentation is stunningly beautiful, but the audio mix is lacking the life of the SpongeBob world. The special features may not be in-depth, but they’re still entertaining nonetheless.

Overall Rating: 4/5 atoms

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is now available to own on Blu-ray.

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Paramount Home Entertainment.

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