For years, TV shows have thrilled kids, but sometimes the characters have to make the jump to a feature film. In this last quarter of the 2020 pandemic, two films were released, in addition to finally seeing two more that were slow to double or to be available.
Let’s start with the close-up. ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ is the third film starring SpongeBob, whose series has aired since 1999 and is still active, albeit without the supervision of its creator, Stephen Hillenburg, who died in 2019. The other two (2004 and 2015) came to the cinema; for the pandemic, the third went straight to television.
Although there is a little catch this time around, as the film actually serves as a springboard for a new series based on the characters from ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’, but as children. Yes, something like the Muppets Babies, for example.
Devotees may be shocked to see that Sandy’s past is altered (everyone knows she met Bob in a fight with a clam!), And the King is redesigned, changing from the Neptune appellation to Poseidon, among other changes.
In any case, the film, directed by Tim Hill and with a message of love for pets, respects the humor of the series. Mr. Krabs is still the same foodie as ever and Patricio the same good vibes. And Keanu Reeves (or at least his face) appears in some hilarious footage.
The second film based on the series “Phineas and Ferb”, broadcast between 2007 and 2015, presents all the elements that led it to lead the “ratings” of minors. There are the big inventor half-brothers. There’s Perry, the platypus who hides his role as a secret agent. There is Doofenshmirtz, adorably awkward.
But above all there is Candance, the older sister who is kidnapped by aliens who revere her and she, who felt despised, finds her place in the universe.
Nonsense comes out in droves in this film directed by Bob Bowen, which turns into an animated musical about a sense of belonging.
A little further on is the series ‘Remi sans famille’, a Japanese product from 1977 based on the novel by Frenchman Hector Malot and which made viewers cry with the story of the boy being sold to a traveling actor, with whom he travels. Europe.
The film, directed by Antoine Blossier, opts for a classic style (it even manipulates feelings) to reflect the lessons that Mr. Vitalis passes on to Rémi.
Finally, “There comes Curmudgeon”, a series of a single season (1969), has its cassette. Director Andrés Couturier has chosen to respect the basics of the story of the boy Terry who arrives in Groovynham.