When a diabolical pirate above the sea steals the secret Krabby Patty formula, SpongeBob and his nemesis Plankton must team up in order to get it back.


Jonathan Aibel (screenplay by), Glenn Berger (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Banderas ... Burger Beard
Eric Bauza ... Seagull (voice)
Tim Conway ... Seagull (voice)
Eddie Deezen ... Seagull (voice)
Rob Paulsen ... Seagull (voice)
Kevin Michael Richardson ... Seagull (voice)
April Stewart ... Seagull (voice)
Cree Summer ... Seagull (voice)
Billy West ... Seagull (voice)
Carlos Alazraqui ... Seagull / Dead Parrot (voice)
Nolan North ... Seagull / Dead Parrot / Pigeon Cabbie (voice)
Paul Tibbitt ... Kyle / Helpful Angry Mob Member (voice)
Tom Kenny ... SpongeBob / Gary / Agreeable Mob Member / Waffle (voice)
Bill Fagerbakke ... Patrick / Male Fish / Eager Customer (voice)
Rodger Bumpass ... Doctor / Squidward / Angry Mob Member #2 / Doughnut / Squidasaurus Rex (voice)


During a fight between the Krusty Krab and Plankton, the secret formula disappears and all of Bikini Bottom goes into a terrible apocalypse. The Bikini Bottomites go crazy and they all believe that Spongebob and Plankton stole the secret formula. The two new teammates create a time machine to get the secret formula before it disappears and also go to some weird places along the way including a time paralex where they meet a time wizard named Bubbles who is a dolphin. The two later get to the time when the formula disappeared and take it back to the present day time. They then realized that it's a fake formula Plankton made when he was taking the real one and the Bikini Bottomites try to destroy Spongebob (Plankton runs away) Spongebob smells Krabby patties and so does everyone else so the Bikini Bottomites follow it (instead of destroying Spongebob) and they arrive at the bank of the surface. Everyone except Spongebob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Squidward, Sandy, and a stowaway Plankton go ... Written by jtgus1120

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He's leaving his world behind. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild action and rude humor | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Kevin Michael Richardson's first Paramount and Nickelodeon movie role since The Wild Thornberrys (2002). See more »


Mr. Krabs wears the headphones over his eye stalks, not over where his actual ears should be. See more »


Plankton: Well, yeah, looks like they're gonna have to change the name of Bikini Bottom to Dirty Bottom!
[He laughs]
Plankton: Right, SpongeBob?
SpongeBob SquarePants: ...That's kinda gross, Plankton.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, Squidward does his dance routine from the Season 1 episode, "Culture Shock." See more »

Alternate Versions

This film is also released in a 3D version. Thoese noticeable differences that the Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies credit text floats downward, and the opening title zooms slightly forward. See more »


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SpongeBob SquarePants Theme
(From the animated television show)
Written by Mark Harrison, Blaise Smith, Stephen Hillenburg & Derek Drymon
Courtesy of Nickelodeon, a division of Viacom International Inc.
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Classic Spongebob Returns
7 April 2015 | by billygoat1071See all my reviews

Spongebob Squarepants is one of the greatest animated television shows of all time. It sounds weird, but for some reason, it shaped the sense of humor of a generation and possibly one of the inspirations that helped exceed the imagination and creativity of many cartoon shows that came after. The show itself has been terrific in its first three seasons, but after its first feature film, it slowly loses its touch until every character becomes something else other than what they were once known for. This latest Spongebob film might be the end of its glory as it seemingly panders the audience into another lame Alvin and the Chipmunks/The Smurfs approach, but surprisingly that only becomes a marketing stunt, and it turns out that most of the movie is basically just like the show, but at its original form. It didn't need any grand or blockbuster type of plot to save the material, we just need to revisit the stuff that we truly loved about Spongebob.

Other than its creative animation and zany undersea world, Spongebob Squarepants has always been known for its richly established characters and unique sense of humor. I haven't seen the show in a while, specifically the newer episodes, but I do remember how the ones that followed season four have become paler incarnations of the show. This feature film, while stuck in posing as a typical family movie fare, is actually meant to stay loyal to what really defines this show. The characters have gone back to their classic personalities (Spongebob can now be reasonable again than just a complete goofball) and the humor is smartly priceless in an ultimately unhinged way. The film doesn't offer anymore bigger plot than retrieving the Krabby Patty secret formula, it's all about fooling at the audiences as it messes with the logic and their senses, the Spongebob way, of course.

The mix of animation and live-action is definitely never a stranger to Spongebob, but its involvement is often taken as a joke. Here, it's supposed to be its central idea. Though, it takes so long for them to get out of the water, in spite of its title, but when they do, it still sticks to its own surreal, extremely ludicrous style. But their welcoming antics up there felt forced, in comparison. The 3D stuff really exists to attract the viewers who thinks it's gonna be a cute adventure with the characters as silly superheroes, but it's mostly just a small payoff to those who have that expectation. It kind of cheats them, otherwise it's a cool trick for instead luring them to what makes this material so enjoyable. But we don't have to underestimate this approach too much, because apparently it's still pretty fun when they are in the real world, giving the humans some hilarious reactions, like the one who's wondering if the Krabby Patty he's eating is hallucinogenic after encountering the gang as superheroes.

As feature film goes, it doesn't go beyond bombastic, if it does then it's all about the weirdness instead of epic proportions. This is basically just like a new episode on a length of an actual movie. And the cast has always been great no matter what. Out of all the cartoons Tom Kenny has been, Spongebob will always be his best and he once again brings the lovable charm to the character. While Antonio Banderas makes a fun turn as the villain, but his moments are the one where he interacts to talking seagulls which amazingly works for this character.

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is what the fans deserve. Not sure how the newcomers would exactly react to it, but this movie fully represents the true spirit of the show. It would be a brilliant surprise to the ones who missed this great side of Spongebob. It didn't need any deeper sentiments or darkness (unless we're referring to its twisted humor, because it gets a little close to that.) Sure it's not the best episode ever either, but it has so many elements that remind us why we loved this show in the first place. The out-of-water scenes weren't as bad as many fans were worried about, it's just some randomly crazy addition to an already fun ride. Overall, it's more nostalgic than groundbreaking, I do hope this movie would be the salvation of this show. It won't change anyone's life or anything, we just like Spongebob to be Spongebob again and that's already given too much to a fan like me who grew up with the cartoon.

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Release Date:

6 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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Savannah, Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$74,000,000 (estimated)

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$55,365,012, 8 February 2015

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