The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
|The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Stephen Hillenburg|
|Produced by||Stephen Hillenburg
|Written by||Derek Drymon
|Based on||SpongeBob SquarePants
by Stephen Hillenburg
|Narrated by||Tom Kenny|
|Music by||Gregor Narholz|
|Editing by||Lynn Hobson|
United Plankton Pictures
Nickelodeon Animation Studios
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||87 minutes|
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is a 2004 American traditional animated adventure comedy film based on the Nickelodeon television series SpongeBob SquarePants. Directed by series creator Stephen Hillenburg, the film is about Plankton's evil plan to steal King Neptune's crown and send it to Shell City, where SpongeBob and Patrick must retrieve it and save Mr. Krabs' life from Neptune's raft and their home, Bikini Bottom, from Plankton's plan.
The film stars Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, and Mr. Lawrence, with special participation of Scarlett Johansson, Jeffrey Tambor, Alec Baldwin, and David Hasselhoff. The film was released on November 19, 2004, and received positive reviews from critics and fans alike. This film was also a box office success, as it grossed over $140 million worldwide. According to Box Office Mojo, the film is the 4th highest-grossing animated film to be based on an animated television series. It was produced and distributed in the United States by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies in association with the United Plankton Pictures. The film was dedicated to Jules Engel (1909–2003). The film had its own soundtrack released, as well as its own video game adaption. Tie-in promotions were made with several companies, including Burger King, McDonald's and Cayman Airways.
SpongeBob SquarePants (Tom Kenny) has a dream of becoming the manager of the Krusty Krab restaurant and that the restaurant is in danger because a customer named Phil has no cheese on his Krabby Patty, but SpongeBob comes to save the day. SpongeBob wakes up from the dream, and happily gets ready for the Krusty Krab 2 opening ceremony, with the hope that Mr. Krabs (Clancy Brown) will promote him to manager of the new restaurant. At the opening ceremony, SpongeBob is denied the title, which is instead given to Squidward Tentacles (Rodger Bumpass), due to being "more mature" than SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs thinking that he is "just a kid" and is unable to handle the task.
Meanwhile, Plankton (Mr. Lawrence), Krabs' business rival, enacted a plot to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula and to frame Mr. Krabs with the dreaded "Plan Z". He steals King Neptune's crown, sends it to Shell City. Incensed, King Neptune (Jeffrey Tambor) crashes into the Krusty Krab 2 and assaults Krabs. SpongeBob later arrives and bad-mouths Krabs, but, when seeing Krabs' life is at risk, he promises Neptune that he will retrieve the crown from Shell City. Neptune orders SpongeBob to be back with the crown back in exactly six days. SpongeBob and Patrick then head off for Shell City in a car shaped like a Krabby Patty.
Back in Bikini Bottom, Plankton steals the Krabby Patty formula with ease and sell Krabby Patties and makes a huge fortune, claiming Krabs willed the recipe to him. He also sends a hitman named Dennis (Alec Baldwin) to pursue SpongeBob and Patrick.
Squidward, meanwhile, uncovers the truth about Plankton stealing Neptune's crown and attempts to alert Neptune, but Plankton uses mind-controlling buckets, disguised as souvenirs, to control the residents of Bikini Bottom, including Squidward, and renames the city "Planktopolis".
Meanwhile, SpongeBob and Patrick discover a hazardous trench. Mindy (Scarlett Johansson) appears to give them encouragement to pass the trench by falsely claiming they are men. SpongeBob and Patrick pass the trench and meet Dennis on the other side of the trench. Before Dennis steps on them with his giant boot, he is stomped on by the Cyclops. The cyclops grabs SpongeBob and Patrick and heads off for his store by the beach, which is in fact "Shell City" itself.
When they arrive, SpongeBob and Patrick find the crown, and take the crown out to the beach. After accidentally losing their way home, David Hasselhoff offers the two a ride, which they gladly accept.
On the way, Dennis catches up to them, but is struck by a catamaran back into the sea. Back at the Krusty Krab 2, Neptune arrives to execute Krabs. In the nick of time, SpongeBob and Patrick return with the crown, save Krabs, and then confront Plankton. SpongeBob then free the citizens of Bikini Bottom using rock and roll to play the Goofy Goober theme.
Plankton is arrested and incarcerated. King Neptune thanks SpongeBob for his bravery and unfreezes Krabs, who graciously gives the title of general manager of the Krusty Krab 2 to him.
- Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants, Gary, Narrator, other miscellaneous voices
- Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick Star, other miscellaneous voices
- Clancy Brown as Mr. Krabs
- Rodger Bumpass as Squidward Tentacles, Fish #4
- Mr. Lawrence as Sheldon J. Plankton, other miscellaneous voices
- Alec Baldwin as Dennis
- Scarlett Johansson as Princess Mindy
- Jeffrey Tambor as King Neptune
- Jill Talley as Karen, Old Lady
- Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy Cheeks
- Mary Jo Catlett as Mrs. Puff
- Lori Alan as Pearl
- Dee Bradley Baker as Phil, Perch Perkins, other miscellaneous characters
- Carlos Alazraqui as King Neptune's squire
- Sirena Irwin as Reporter, Driver, Ice Cream Lady
- Tom Wilson as Fish #3, Tough Fish #1, Victor
- Neil Ross as the Cyclops
- Jim Wise (uncredited) as Goofy Goober rock singer
- Live-action roles
- David Hasselhoff as himself
- Mageina Tovah as Theater usher
- Chris Cummins and Todd Duffey as Concession guys
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In 2002, the show's creator, Stephen Hillenburg, and staff members has decided to stop making more episodes to work in this film, after completing the show's third season. The series' cast members will return for the film. The film's plot originally had SpongeBob save Patrick from a fisherman in Florida, but it was later revealed by Tom Kenny, voice of SpongeBob, that it was a "joke" plot to keep the fans busy. On March 23, 2004, it has been reported that Scarlett Johansson, Jeffrey Tambor, and Alec Baldwin will play the new characters, Mindy, King Neptune, and Dennis, respectively.
This film was released on November 19, 2004 and the world premiere was held at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. In the United States, it was rated "PG" for "some mild crude humor" by the Motion Picture Association of America. In the United Kingdom, it was rated "U", for "very mild threat and peril". In Australia, it was rated "G" by the Australian Classification Board.
The DVD was released on March 1, 2005, in separate widescreen and fullscreen editions from Paramount Home Entertainment. It was later released on Blu-ray + DVD combo pack on March 29, 2011. It contains audio commentary from the movie's crew members, animatics, a behind-the-scenes feature, a bonus music video fromThe Flaming Lips, and the film's teaser trailer. A VHS version was also released on March 1, 2005, and was the final animated film from Nickelodeon Movies to be issued on VHS.
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie opened at #2 behind Disney's National Treasure, earning $32,018,216 over the weekend on 4,300 screens at 3,212 theaters and averaging about $9,968 per venue or an average of $7,446 per screen, however the film then dropped a larger than expected 44% over the Thanksgiving weekend, then dropped 57% the next weekend. The opening weekend would end up making up 37.48% of the film's final gross. The film closed on March 24, 2005, having been unsuccessful at outgrossing its holiday animated competitors, The Incredibles from Disney/Pixar, and The Polar Express from Warner Bros. It still made a huge profit for both distributor Paramount Pictures and producer Nickelodeon Movies, having earned $85,417,988 in the United States and $140,161,792 worldwide, while being produced on a modest $30 million budget.
The film was well received by critics and fans. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a "Fresh" rating of 68% based on 125 reviews, with and average score of 6.2/10. Selected top critics also gave the film and a 68% "Fresh" rating based on 34 reviews. Metacritic gave the film a score of 66% based on 32 reviews, indicating "Generally favorable reviews".
Roger Ebert positively responded to the film and gave it 3 out of 4 stars calling it "the 'Good Burger' of animation" whereas "plopping us down inside a fast-food war being fought by sponges, starfish, crabs, tiny plankton and mighty King Neptune." Ed Park of The Village Voice enjoyed it and written, "No Pixar? No problem! An unstoppable good-mood generator, the resolutely 2-D SpongeBob SquarePants Movie has more yuks than Shark Tale and enough soul to swallow The Polar Express whole. Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive reaction, calling it "an animated adventure that's funnier than Shark Tale and more charming than The Polar Express." Randy Cordova of The Arizona Republic also has given it a positive feedback, saying "like the TV show it's based on, it's a daffy, enjoyable creation." Jami Bernard of Daily News gave the feature a score of 3/4, saying that "it's not The Incredibles, or one of those animated features that spent zillions on character design, pedigree and verisimilitude. But SpongeBob is a sweet, silly thing with a child-friendly esthetic all its own." Will Lawrence of Empire Magazine gave this film 4 out of 5 stars and wrote "a film for kids, students, stoners, anyone who enjoys a break from reality." Lisa Schwarzbaum of the Entertainment Weekly gave it a score of B- saying, "The best moments in his [SpongeBob SquarePants] first movie outing are those that feel most TV-like, just another day in the eternally optimistic undersea society created with such contagious silliness by Stephen Hillenburg."
Some of the characters did received positive reviews specifically David Hasselhoff. Jennifer Frey of The Washington Post enjoyed it and written, "getting to see the hairs on Hasselhoff's back (and thighs, and calves) magnified exponentially is perhaps a bit creepy. Like the movie, it's all in good fun." Nancy Basile of the About.com gave the film 4/5 stars and also mentioning Hasselhoff saying, "the standout guest star was, of course, David Hasselhoff as himself. He must have a great sense of humor." Joshua Tyler of CinemaBlend.com noted that "it is also the best movie cameo I’ve seen since Fred Savage stuck a joint in his crotch and played a clarinet to charm the resulting smoke like a snake."
Desson Thomson also from the The Washington Post enjoyed the film and written, "YOU GOTTA LOVE SpongeBob. Coolest sponge in the sea, although this one has a suspiciously manufactured look." Carla Meyer of San Francisco Chronicle gave it a 3.5/4 score and wrote "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie retains the 2-D charm of the hugely popular Nickelodeon cartoon but adds a few tricks – a little 3-D here, a little David Hasselhoff there. The series' appeal never lay in its visuals, however. "SpongeBob" endeared itself to kids and adults through sweetness and cleverness, also abundant here." A. O. Scott of The New York Times gave it a score of 4/5, writing, "If you're tired of their bluster and swagger, SpongeBob is your man."
Scott Lecter of DVD Talk said "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie still comes as highly recommended for anyone in the mood for a little fun." A reviewer of CinemaBlend.com gave the feature film 4/5 stars and said " I fall into the former category and I found this children's movie to be an entertaining, unpretentious gigglefest that goes surprisingly fast for a 90 minute feature."
At the 32nd Annie Awards which was held in 2005, the film was nominated for three categories includin Best Animated Feature, Directing in a Feature Production for Stephen Hillenburg, and Music in a Feature Production for Gregor Narholz.
On the negative side, David Edelstein of Slate wrote, "I like my SpongeBob a little less lumbering, a little more free-associational, without that big, heavy anchor of a story structure to weigh him down." Mike Clark of the USA Today also criticized the film, saying "Harmlessly off-the-cuff — but facing far more pedigreed multiplex competition —SpongeBob barely rates as OK when compared with The Incredibles." Reviews from Time Out London was also negative noting that "anyone expecting anything more risky will be sadly disappointed." David N. Butterworth of the Internet Movie Database negatively reacted to the film and gave it no stars out of four saying, "For much like fish, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie truly stinks."
Awards and nominations
|2005 Golden Trailer Awards||Best Animation/Family||Nominated|||
|26th Young Artist Awards||Best Family Feature Film – Animation||Nominated|||
|32nd Annie Awards||Best Animated Feature||Nominated|||
|Directing in an Animated Feature Production||Stephen Hillenburg||Nominated|
|Music in an Animated Feature Production||Gregor Narholz||Nominated|
|ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards||Top Box Office Films||Won|
|Golden Satellite Awards 2004||Best Animated or Mixed Media Feature||Nominated|||
|MTV Russia Movie Awards 2006||Best Cartoon||Nominated|||
A video game based on the film was released for PlayStation 2, PC, Game Boy Advance, and Xbox on February 6, 2005. The home console version was developed by Heavy Iron Studios, while the Game Boy Advance was developed by WayForward Technologies and was published by THQ.
On February 28, 2012, a sequel was announced to be in production, and is scheduled to be released at the end of 2014. It will be directed by Paul Tibbitt, written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, and will be executive produced by Stephen Hillenburg.
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