Tuesday, November 1, 2016

 Spongebob Squarepants Movie

The spongebob Squarepants Movie is an adventure film, that features many inspiring scenes, that would most  convey positive messages to a young viewer. Although I am now eighteen, I still enjoyed the movie and could see many examples of fortitude, problem solving and courage. As there were many positive messages displayed in the movie there were also a few scenes that may have set a bad example or prematurely introduced the young viewers to more mature content. First I will dive into the good that I was in this film. As I stated earlier, this was a true adventure film. The plot of this movie revolves around spongebob going on a mission to retrieve King Neptune's crown. The crown was stolen by Plankton, a rival restaurant owner to the Krusty Krab, where spongebob serves as the loyal frycook at. Plankton meticulously frames the owner of the Krusty Krab, Eugene Krabs, for the theft of King Neptune's beloved crown. King Neptune then freezes Eugene Krabs and gives Spongebob six days to retrieve the crown from the forbidden Shell City. Spongebob in an effort to show Mr. Crabs that he is a man, sets on a mission to retrieve the crown and save Mr. Crab’s life. On this mission, is where we see the examples of fortitude and the power of love that sets a good example for the young viewers. A specific scene that vividly depicts such strong power of love is when spongebob was on his deathbed in Shell City. They were placed here by the “Shell City monster” who was actually a scuba diver, who sells mounted sea creatures. As Spongebob and his friend Patrick Star were under the hot lamp, drying there sea bound bodies to their death, they both shed a tear. As they both dried into their earthlike forms, the tears they shed dripped to the bottom of their fiery death bed and formed into a heart. This tear heart then slid down onto the cable that was powering the hot lamp. This tear slid all the way down to the power outlet, knocking out the power of the lamp. The smoke from the power outage then fills the room and makes its way up to the smoke detector, setting off the sprinklers. The water from the sprinklers then brings Spongebob, Patrick and the rest of the sea novelties in the shop back to life. The sea creatures all then team up to take down the Shell City Monster, giving Spongebob and Patrick the opportunity to take King Neptune’s crown. This display of love (the tear heart) shows how the power of love can overcome and situation, no matter how bad the situation may be. This most definitely is a good example for young viewers. As this was such an inspiring message from the film, there are also scenes from the film that do not set a good example for young viewers. The most questionable scene from this film is Spongebob’s “drunken night at the Goofy Goober”. Spongebob was very let down and hurt when he was not awarded the manager position at the new Krusty Krab 2, and goes down a spiraling path that night when he went to the Goofy Goober restaurant. To deal with his ill emotions, Spongebob goes to the Goofy Goober ice cream bar where he orders countless amounts of ice cream sundaes to cope with his pain. The ridiculous amounts of ice cream that SpongeBob eats leaves him in a disturbingly drunk state of mind. There are two very questionable aspects of this scene, in regards to young viewers. First is the display of Spongebob’s unhealthy coping mechanism for his previous let down. Going to a “bar” and ordering mass amounts of ice cream (beer) is no way to cope with a let down, especially when shown in a children's film. The next questionable aspect of this scene is the fact that Spongebob obviously seemed drunk, after eating ice cream. This does not only make sense but also makes you question what the director was trying to imply to young viewers while directing this scene. In the end, I most definitely believe that the positive messages in this film outweighed the negative ones. This movie revolved around fortitude and the power of love. Though there were a few questionable scenes, the positive takeaways are much more powerful.

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