The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Stephen Hillenburg
Produced by Derek Drymon
Albie Hecht
Stephen Hillenburg
Julia Pistor
Gina Shay
Written by Derek Drymon
Tim Hill
Stephen Hillenburg
Kent Osborne
Aaron Springer
Paul Tibbitt
Based on SpongeBob SquarePants by
Stephen Hillenburg
Narrated by Tom Kenny
Starring Tom Kenny
Bill Fagerbakke
Clancy Brown
Rodger Bumpass
Doug Lawrence
Alec Baldwin
David Hasselhoff
Scarlett Johansson
Jeffrey Tambor
Music by Gregor Narholz
Cinematography Jerzy Zielinski
Studio Nickelodeon Movies
United Plankton Pictures
Nickelodeon Animation Studios
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) November 19, 2004 (2004-11-19)
Running time 87 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million
Box office $140,161,792

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is a 2004 American animated film based on the popular Nickelodeon television series SpongeBob SquarePants. The film stars the voices of Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Doug Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Alec Baldwin, Jeffrey Tambor, and features David Hasselhoff as himself. It was released on November 19, 2004 and was produced and distributed in the United States by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies. The film was dedicated to Jules Engel.

The film received positive reviews from critics and had its own soundtrack released, as well as its own video game adaption. This movie was well known for being the last adaption of the series to be aired before the departure of series creator Stephen Hillenburg.



The film starts with a pirate crew, led by Captain Pinty, eagerly awaiting their treasure: tickets to The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.

SpongeBob SquarePants has a dream of becoming the manager of the Krusty Krab restaurant and that the restaurant is in danger because a customer named Phil has no cheese on his Krabby Patty, but SpongeBob comes in in a limo and puts cheese to the Krabby Patty to save the day. SpongeBob wakes up from the dream, and happily gets ready for the "Krusty Krab 2" opening ceremony, with the hope that Mr. Krabs will promote him to general manager of the new restaurant. At the opening ceremony, SpongeBob is denied the title, which is instead given to Squidward Tentacles, due to being "more mature" than SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs thinking that he's "just a kid" and is unable to handle the task.

Severely depressed, SpongeBob heads to his favorite restaurant, Goofy Goober. There, he eats numerous sundaes with his friend Patrick Star, and wakes up the next morning with a hangover. Meanwhile, Plankton, Krabs' business rival, and enactes a plot to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula burger with the dreaded "Plan Z"; Plankton steals King Neptune's beloved crown (exposing Neptune's baldness, which blinds anyone who looks at it with a very bright light), sneds it to Shell City, a hazardous location known to all marine life. Plankton frames Krabs for the crime. Incensed, Neptune crashes into the Krusty Krab 2 and assaults Krabs. SpongeBob later arrives and bad-mouths Krabs, but also promises Neptune that he will retrieve the crown from Shell City, but Neptune doubts that SpongeBob is capable of that. He orders SpongeBob to be back with the crown back in exactly ten days, but thanks to Patrick, who seems to overestimate his friend, the time is argued down to six days. So he will not run away, Neptune freezes Krabs with his trident and says that Krabs will fry if SpongeBob does not complete his task. SpongeBob and Patrick then head off for Shell City is a car shaped like a Krabby Patty.

With his rival frozen solid, Plankton steals the Krabby Patty formula with ease. He also sends a hitman named Dennis to pursue SpongeBob and Patrick. Squidward uncovers the truth about Plankton stealing Neptune's crown and attempts to alert the authorities, but Plankton uses mind-controlling buckets, disguised as souvenirs, to control the residents of Bikini Bottom, including Squidward, and renames the city Planktopolis.

SpongeBob and Patrick pursued by the Shell City's "Cyclops" diver.

On the way to Shell City, SpongeBob and Patrick encounter many death-defying obstacles, but their overt goofiness saves them each time. Finally, they approach a trench filled with carnivorous creatures. Before the two admit defeat, Neptune's daughter, Mindy, appears to give them encouragement by falsely claiming they are men, not kids. Singing a song, SpongeBob and Patrick dance their way across the trench with ease, only to meet Dennis on the other side. Before Dennis steps on them with his giant boot, he is stomped on by a human boot. The human grabs SpongeBob and Patrick and heads off for his store by the beach, which is in fact "Shell City" itself. (Until the duo returns to the Krusty Krab 2, besides the SpongeBob, Patrick, and the sea animals, the movie is shot in the real world.)

When they arrive, SpongeBob and Patrick find the crown, but encounter a lethal drying-out process which nearly kills them. However, their tears short-circuit the heat lamp, which releases smoke and activates the emergency sprinkler system, reviving them, as well as the other dried-out sea creatures being sold as souvenirs. While the sea creatures attack the human, including a lobster who sprayed Elmer's glue onto him, SpongeBob and Patrick take the crown out to the beach. David Hasselhoff offers the two a ride to Bikini Bottom, which they gladly accept.

On the way, Dennis catches up to them, but is struck by a catamaran back into the sea. Back at the Krusty Krab 2, Neptune arrives to execute Krabs, while Plankton eagerly watches. In the nick of time, SpongeBob and Patrick return with the crown, save Krabs, and then confront Plankton. In turn, Plankton activates the mind buckets. Just as Plankton thinks he is triumphant and has won, SpongeBob, cherishing the fact he is just a kid and that he accomplished a lot in the past six days, uses his imagination to play the Goofy Goober theme in the form of a rock song (a parody of "I Wanna Rock" by Twisted Sister), using his guitar to free Plankton's slaves. Realizing defeat once again, Plankton tries to escape, but is trampled by Bikini Bottom's citizens.

Plankton is arrested and incarcerated. King Neptune thanks Mindy for her bravery and unfreezes Krabs, who graciously gives the title of general manager of the Krusty Krab 2 to SpongeBob. In the end credits, SpongeBob is seen doing jobs and chores for Mr. Krabs with an oversized Krusty Krab employee hat.

In a post-credits scene, a theater usher forces the Captain Pinty and his pirate crew to leave.



Home media

The DVD was released on March 1, 2005, in separate widescreen and fullscreen editions. It was also released on Blu-ray + DVD combo pack on March 29, 2011.[2]


Box office

The film opened at number two behind Disney's National Treasure, earning $32,018,216 over the weekend on 4,300 screens at 3,212 theaters and averaging about $9,968 per venue or an average of $7,446 per screen, however the film then dropped a larger than expected 44% over the Thanksgiving weekend, then dropped 57% the next weekend. The opening weekend would end up making up 37.48% of the film's final gross. The film closed on March 24, 2005, having been unsuccessful at outgrossing its holiday animated competitors, The Incredibles from Disney/Pixar, and The Polar Express from Warner Bros. Pictures. It still made a huge profit for both distributor Paramount Pictures and producer Nickelodeon Movies, having earned $85,417,988 in the United States and $140,161,792 worldwide, while being produced on a modest $30 million budget.[3]

Critical response

The film was well received by critics and fans. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a "Fresh" rating of 68% based on 120 reviews.[4] Selected top critics gave the film and a 70% "Fresh" rating based on 33 reviews.[5] Metacritic gave the film a score of 66% based on 32 reviews, indicating "Generally favorable reviews".[6]


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