The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Composed By: John Debney

Distributed by: Varѐse Sarabande

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the animated/live action film based on the Nickelodeon cartoon, SpongeBob SquarePants (Tom Kenny) and his friends must team up with their enemy Plankton (Doug Lawrence) to stop a diabolical pirate (Antonio Banderas) who has stolen the secret formula to the Krabby Patties served up at the Krusty Krab fast food restaurant.  But Burger-Beard has a secret weapon, a magical book that banishes the team to Pelican Island.  Thankfully, SpongeBob has a plan, somehow managing to transform him and his friends into superheroes.  Will it be enough to stop Burger-Beard and get the secret formula back?

                The musical score of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water was created by John Debney, an award-winning composer who played guitar in rock bands until after college.  Since working with notable composers Mike Post and Hanna-Barbera, Debney has created scores for both television and movies.  Some notable works include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Sea Quest DSV, both Princess Diaries films, Spy Kids 1 & 2, Elf, Bruce Almighty, Hatfields and McCoys, Houdini, Draft Day, Walk of Shame and Stonehearst Asylum.

                Anyone who has babysat children has had some sort of introduction to the silly adventures of SpongeBob SquarePants.  Having been forced to watch a few episodes myself, I have to say that this character is definitely larger than life and, though I find the show to be mostly on the silly side, there are some pretty funny moments.  And, of course, it's extremely colorful and has a fun theme song, which probably explains children's fascination with the series.

                The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Soundtrack begins with Burger-Beard on Island, featuring a brief instrumental segment of "Yo ho, ho, a pirate's life for me," the pirates' theme.  Sailor pipes and accordions performed throughout the album give it a nautical, pirate feel.  Horn fanfares and loud musical blasts speak to the heroics of SpongeBob and friends.  While spurts of music having nothing to do with the rest, such as disco and jazz, speak to our heroes gags and antics throughout the movie.  Darker and lower scale notes underline the danger of SpongeBob's mission. 

                John Debney said that he had a lot of fun creating the musical score for this SpongeBob film and I don't doubt it.  This soundtrack is just what I have come to expect, defining the theme of the story while emphasizing the zany antics of SpongeBob and friends.  This is a fun score worthy of SpongeBob fandom everywhere. 


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