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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


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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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original "cover-up" plot of the film had SpongeBob going to rescue Patrick from a fisherman in Florida. This was an obvious reference to Finding Nemo (2003) and was later revealed by Tom Kenny to be just a "joke" plot which he made up to keep the fans busy. 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 »


Patrick Star: Well, saying you're a kid, it's like saying I'M a kid!
Waiter: Here's your Goober Meal, sir.
Patrick Star: Uh, I'm supposed to get a toy with this?
[toy smacks Patrick in the face]
Patrick Star: Thanks.
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits, compositing supervisor Dan Levitan is credited as "composting supervisor." See more »


References The Endless Summer (1966) See more »


Camptown Races
Written by Stephen Foster
Arranged by Edwina Travis-Chin
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Frequently Asked Questions

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User Reviews

It's SpongeBob, 'nuff said
28 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I didn't quite know what to expect when I walked into the theater to watch the movie of one of my favorite cartoons. Nickelodeon has a really nasty habit of "big-budgtizing" movies of their shows (changing the look, etc.). However this is not the case with SpongeBob. Whew, one less thing to worry about.

Next was the story. Could Steve Hillenburg live up to what had been laid down by the series? Yes. Basically it's like watching a 1 1/2 hour episode of SpongeBob (and who couldn't like that). Lot's of visual gags and typical Sponge brainless-ness. I was quite impressed.

If you're a SpongeBob fan, you'll love this movie. If you're not, eh, watch it anyways, it'll do you good ;-).

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