The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
Nickelodeon TV's dorky hero (voiced by Tom Kenny) ventures onto dry land (and into something vaguely resembling our universe) in search of a stolen sandwich recipe, the loss of which has brought ruin and devastation to his hometown of Bikini Bottom. The script by Glenn Berger and Jonathan Aibel (the guys behind Kung Fu Panda), from a story by director Paul Tibbitt and series creator Stephen Hillenberg, is wacky cubed, with a nonstop stampede of gags as frantic as those in the Rio and Madagascar franchises—only much, much funnier. Tibbitt and his crew cleverly blend ink-and-paint animation, CGI and live action, and the result is great fun, slyly calculated to convulse the kiddies and keep their parents alternately chuckling and laughing out loud. Antonio Banderas adds to the fun as the pirate villain.