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The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  19 November 2004 (USA)
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SpongeBob SquarePants takes leave from the town of Bikini Bottom in order to track down King Neptune's stolen crown.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
SpongeBob / Narrator / Gary / Clay / Tough Fish #2 / Twin #2 / Houston Voice (voice)
Mr. Krabs (voice)
Squidward / Fish #4 (voice)
Patrick Star / Fish #2 / Chum Customer / Local Fish (voice)
Plankton / Fish #7 / Attendant #2, Lloyd (voice)
Karen, The Computer Wife / Old Lady (voice)
Sandy (voice)
Mrs. Poppy Puff (voice)
King Neptune (voice)
Mindy (voice)
Dennis (voice)
Kristopher Logan ...
Squinty the Pirate
D.P. FitzGerald ...
Bonesy the Pirate
Scruffy the Pirate (as Cole McKay)


There's trouble brewing in Bikini Bottom. Someone has stolen King Neptune's crown, and it looks like Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob's boss, is the culprit. Though he has just been passed over for the promotion of his dreams, SpongeBob stands by his boss, and along with his best pal Patrick, sets out on a treacherous mission to Shell City to reclaim the crown and save Mr. Krabs' life. Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Bigger. Better. More absorbent. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild crude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 November 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

SpongeBob SquarePants  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$32,018,216 (USA) (19 November 2004)


$219,524 (South Africa) (15 April 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the last film to be based on a Nickelodeon TV series in 6 years, until The Last Airbender (2010). See more »


When Patrick and SpongeBob are trapped in the fishbowl in Shell City, there is one shot where the gravel in the bottom is reflected on the side, but Patrick and SpongeBob are not in the reflection. See more »


King Neptune: You have confessed to the crime of touching the royal crown.
Prisoner: Y-yes, but...
King Neptune: BUT WHAT?
Prisoner: B-but it's my job, your Highness. I'm the royal crown polisher!
King Neptune: Well, I suppose I can't execute you. Twenty years in the dungeon it is!
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Crazy Credits

The whole opening sequence involves a group of pirates going to see the movie, with the title of the movie being a life preserver of the ship. See more »


Jarabe tapatío A
Arranged by Carlos Periguez
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User Reviews

Well, I liked it
26 November 2004 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

I've read some of the extremely negative comments on this film, and I'm surprised. I thought it was cute, funny, and imaginative, with some well-timed dramatic effects (when they cross the county line, the final fate of the woman with ice cream, ...). It even had a Ween song.

If you're curious about the film, I urge you to see it for yourself, and don't be dissuaded by the negative reviews.

BTW, to provide some background, I come from the 'sappy Simpsons = cra**y Simpsons' school, and I used to love Ren and Stimpy until Bill Camp took over.

My wife and I both really liked the film.

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