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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

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

There's trouble brewing in Bikini Bottom. Someone has stolen King Neptune's crown, and it look like Mr. Krab, SpongeBob's boss, is the culprit. Though he's 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. Krab's life. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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

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19 November 2004 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$124,570 (South Africa) (8 April 2005)

Gross:

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

This is the last traditionally animated film from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies, until its successor, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015), which was released approximately 11 years after the first movie. See more »

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Spongebob points out that he has been awarded Employee of the Month award 374 times in a row. That would mean that he would have worked at the Krusty Krab for 31 years. This could not happen - according to Stephen Hillenburg, Spongebob was born in 1984, which would mean that, as of 2004, he would only be 20. See more »

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Squidward Tentacles: Too bad SpongeBob's not here to enjoy SpongeBob not being here.
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In the end credits, compositing supervisor Dan Levitan is credited as "composting supervisor." See more »


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Actually, it's quite good..
15 February 2005 | by (Central Scotland) – See all my reviews

I have to put my hand up right now and say that the whole Spongebob thing had passed me by up until I saw this movie. I have no kids, no Satellite TV and therefore no legitimate reason to have caught any episodes of SBSP. However, I did see some of the trailers, and being a submarine nut I loved them. I also got the low down from a friend with a youngster who watched the DVD constantly, day after day, and he confessed to loving the show too. What the hell, I thought I'd see the movie.

What do you know, it's actually quite good! It looks almost exactly like an episode on TV, there doesn't appear to have been any attempt to update, enhance or otherwise movie-fy the series. Fair enough. As for the story and characters, while it's obviously geared to a younger audience I'd have to say that at least half of it would only be understood by the more adult viewer, and there are more than a few nods to other movies that no toddler will have seen. For instance, the silent, motorcycle-riding, super-tough assassin is a dead ringer for the silent, motorcycle-riding, super-tough assassin in Raising Arizona, and just as funny. There's a certain amount of slapstick and visual gags, but the dialogue and situations are fine too.

Overall I enjoyed the movie, it's funny and engaging and although it does start to lag a bit in the third act it's still rewarding. I'm not sure if the live-action was a good idea, but it's always fun to see The Hasselhoff do his stuff on screen, even if it's poking fun at his persona. There's laugh out loud moments, annoying songs, cameos, Hasselhoff and all the other things that a one-off special episode should have, and that's fine by me.


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