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This film was intended to be the show's series finale, but due to the success of the film as well as the show's popularity, SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) was then renewed for a fourth season, continuing the series' run. Further episodes of the series were said to take place before this movie.
An 11-foot long David Hasselhoff figure was built so cameramen could film without straining the real Hasselhoff.
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.
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.
This is the first time Karen is seen as a computer monitor on wheels. She is seen as this very often on the series after the movie's release.
This was the second Nickelodeon Movies feature film to get a sequel, after The Rugrats Movie (1998).
This is the first Nickelodeon film to become a box-office hit since Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001).
In this movie, SpongeBob's voice is changed to a higher pitch versus SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) for unknown reason, possibly Tom Kenny's aging or the creators' whim.
When SpongeBob and Patrick were in the Nut Bar, there was a picture of Popeye, along with some panels from his comic, and what appears to be a panel from Muttz.
Unlike in the SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) series there is no guy that screams, "My Leg!" at any point in the movie (though there is a cry of "My eyes!").
The ship used for the live action pirate scenes in the beginning was the 1960 replica of the HMS Bounty, a merchant ship used by the British Empire in the late 1700s. The replica ship was sunk in late 2012 by Hurricane Sandy. Interestingly enough, a character in the movie (and series) is named Sandy.
This is the last film to be based on a Nickelodeon TV series in 6 years, until The Last Airbender (2010).
Ironically, SpongeBob, Patrick, and the sea creatures breathe air in the movie.
The first two signal flags in the front of the Krusty Krab mean "Romeo" and "India" respectively while the last two mean "uniform" and "kilo". The middle flag has no meaning.
Originally SpongeBob and Patrick left Shell City and met Sandy on dry land and while she gives them advice to take the bus from town to the beach while she's being followed by a group of men in black suits. This scene was cut from the film due to Patrick throwing up repeatedly.
The trailer uses footage from submarine films, Das Boot (1981), The Hunt for Red October (1990), and U-571 (2000).
Dedicated to Jules Engel (1909-2003).
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) was announced almost ten years after this movie's release date.
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When Cyclops is making a knick-knack out of a clam, he names in "Alexander Clam Bell" which is a parody of telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell with a telephone replica attached.
A comic panel featuring Ignatz Mouse hitting Krazy Kat with a brick appears on the wall in the Nut Bar. A portrait of Popeye also briefly appears.
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Final Nickelodeon animated movie to be released on VHS.
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CASTLE THUNDER: King Neptune ferociously tells Mindy to leave the Krusty Krab after "stalling" Mr. Krabs' execution.
Scarlett Johansson's first voice-acting role. Her subsequent voice-acting parts would include Her (2013), The Jungle Book (2016) and Sing (2016).
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This is the second Nickelodeon project to star Alec Baldwin after The Fairly OddParents: Channel Chasers (2004).
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This is Alec Baldwin's first animated voice role. His next voice roles are Makunga from Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008), North from Rise of the Guardians (2012) and Baby Boss Templeton in The Boss Baby (2017).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The song used by SpongeBob to destroy the buckets on the head of the fishes is "I Wanna Rock" (by Twisted Sister), with the words changed.
When Mr. Krabs and Spongebob are talking at the ceremony the nickelodeon showings have Mr. Krabs words warped to seem like it's censoring the supposed words he says.(Jackass and jack-off)
This is the second Nickelodeon animated movie to use live action footage, the first was The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002).
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LOGO GIMMICK: The "Nickelodeon Movies" logo takes place underwater.
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