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The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004)

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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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Stephen Hillenburg (television series SpongeBob SquarePants), Stephen Hillenburg (story) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Kenny ... SpongeBob / Narrator / Gary / Clay / Tough Fish #2 / Twin #2 / Houston Voice (voice)
Clancy Brown ... Mr. Krabs (voice)
Rodger Bumpass ... Squidward / Fish #4 (voice)
Bill Fagerbakke ... Patrick Star / Fish #2 / Chum Customer / Local Fish (voice)
Mr. Lawrence ... Plankton / Fish #7 / Attendant #2, Lloyd (voice)
Jill Talley ... Karen / Old Lady (voice)
Carolyn Lawrence ... Sandy (voice)
Mary Jo Catlett ... Mrs. Puff (voice)
Jeffrey Tambor ... King Neptune (voice)
Scarlett Johansson ... Mindy (voice)
Alec Baldwin ... Dennis (voice)
David Hasselhoff ... David Hasselhoff
Kristopher Logan Kristopher Logan ... Squinty the Pirate
D.P. FitzGerald D.P. FitzGerald ... Bonesy the Pirate
Cole S. McKay ... Scruffy the Pirate (as Cole McKay)
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Storyline

After King Neptune's crown is stolen, SpongeBob and Patrick go on a quest in 6 days to retrieve his crown. On the way SpongeBob and Patrick defeat many evildoers using their brains and bronzes. While this is happening someone is taking over Bikini Bottom and SpongeBob and Patrick must defeat this mastermind.

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Taglines:

Bigger. Better. More absorbent. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

SpongeBob SquarePants See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,018,216, 21 November 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$85,417,988

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$140,161,792
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

David Hasselhoff's first Paramount Pictures movie role. His next one is Baywatch (2017) where he had a cameo at the end. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Squidward Tentacles: Too bad SpongeBob's not here to enjoy SpongeBob not being here.
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An underwater adventure of goofy proportions ensues.
17 November 2004 | by TheMovieMarkSee all my reviews

This is a movie about an animated sponge that wears square cardboard pants. So there you go, you can't go to the movie and claim you didn't know what kind of humor to expect. It's goofy, it's silly, and it can be downright strange. But I can't call those negative attributes considering the fact that all of the above can also be used to describe me at times.

I've never seen the SpongeBob TV show, so I went into the movie without much of an idea of what I was in for. I must say that while I won't rush out and buy the DVD, I walked away fairly entertained. Expectedly, a lot of the humor is directed towards children, but there's enough here to keep the adults snickering. I may be nearing 30, but I'm not ashamed to laugh at a sponge wearing square whitey tighties! Oh, and for those of us who never cease to mock David Hasselhoff - he has a cameo. I've gotta give the guy credit - he's very aware that the entire country is laughing *at* him, yet he's completely willing to join in.

The children at the screening loved the movie, singing along to songs and everything. One of the funniest things was when Patrick the starfish first appeared on screen and the kids erupted in applause. It was like watching an episode of Seinfeld when Kramer makes his first appearance of an episode and the studio audience goes crazy. I briefly thought about booing just for the fun of it, but the thought of a bunch of tiny little hands pattering me upon my face didn't sound too fun.

But let's go back to the whole "singing along to songs" bit. I think it's only fair to warn parents that this may start to drive you crazy after the movie. Good luck trying to keep your kid from singing, "I'm ready, promotion! I'm ready, promotion!" or "I'm a goofy goober, you're a goofy goober, we're all goofy goobers" over and over and over again. I had to bribe my 9-year-old brother with cold hard cash to knock it off with the "I'm ready, promotion!" song.

Speaking of my brother, I asked him after the movie which he preferred -SpongeBob or The Polar Express. To my surprise, he said SpongeBob because it was "funnier." I suppose this is a lesson that children aren't quite as impressed with fancy animation as adults are.

But he's right, SpongeBob is a funny movie in it's own quirky, original way. I'm not dying to see it again, and I don't think I'll be glued to the TV set every time it's on, but I enjoyed it, and I'm not gonna waste my time or yours by picking apart what I didn't like. The target audience should be pleased with the end result, so mission accomplished.

THE GIST

If you're a fan of the TV show, then you should definitely get a kick out of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. This movie isn't exactly for everybody though. If you've never heard of SpongeBob, then there's quite a bit here that may humor you. But if you hate all things silly, goofy, and immature, then this isn't for you.


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