The film follows an essential video game-like structure, with different challenges at different levels, flashy imagery, and thrill rides galore.
The central story -- in which a little boy, Max (Cayden Boyd), must save Planet Drool (his fantasy world) from an encroaching "darkness" -- comes directly from The Never-Ending Story (1984).
Sharkboy and Lavagirl appear at school to whisk Max away to Planet Drool, which is being threatened with destruction by Minus and his henchman Mr. Because Max has been trying to be a "good" boy and stay focused on the "real world," Planet Drool has been left unattended and subject to other forces.
So it's up to Sharkboy and Lavagirl to teach Max about the real power of his dreams, and for Max to stop the "darkness" from spreading and save Planet Drool.
I speculate out of love for Rodriguez's brand of moviemaking as cottage industry, and because the 3-D effects are more retro than special, more cute gimmick than image enhancer.
In fact, during The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl they started to make me drowsy.
In fact, Sharkboy and Lavagirl has the garish colors, fast-paced action, childhood anxieties, and child actors/characters that will delight kids.
Max is unable to convince anyone that they actually existuntil they show up in his classroom and whisk him away to Planet Drool,where only he can help save the day.Max is an unpopular kid who retreats to his fantasy life to escape school bullies, homework, and troubles at home.On Planet Drool, superheroes Sharkboy (Taylor Lautner) and Lavagirl (Taylor Dooley) lead the kind of exciting life, and have the awesome powers that Max can only dream. Electricidad (George Lopez), Max's schoolteacher, encourages Max's inventiveness, but asserts he must give this up to focus on "serious" matters.He is rescued from his misery by two of his own creations, Sharkboy (Taylor Lautner) and Lavagirl (Taylor Dooley), who spirit him away to the planet Drool.Drool is under attack from fantastical bad guys who bear a striking resemblance to Max's teacher and bully.Or maybe that was the story, which feels improvised and inconsequential.