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The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004)

DVD Cover (Paramount)
Genres:
Absurd Comedy, Anarchic Comedy, Children's / Family, Comedy, Family-Oriented Comedy, Road Movie
Directors:
Stephen Hillenburg Stephen Hillenburg
Mark Osborne Mark Osborne
Starring:
Tom Kenny Tom Kenny
Clancy Brown Clancy Brown
Rodger Bumpass Rodger Bumpass
Bill Fagerbakke Bill Fagerbakke
Mr. Lawrence Mr. Lawrence

6.5 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Chad
Added: March 05, 2005
Based on the hit television series, our animated film tells the tale of SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick's quest to retrieve King Neptune's crown. It all starts out when Mr. Krabs, the owner of a hugely popular hamburger joint known for its Krabby Patties, appoints Squidward as the new manager of the second store in the hamburger chain. SpongeBob is heartbroken at this announcement, as he was sure that he would be the one to receive the manager job. Meanwhile, the evil Plankton (owner of the Chum Bucket, a competing hamburger place that isn't nearly as popular thanks to not having the Krabby Patties) devises a plan to steal the secret formula and sell his own Krabby Patties. His plan involves stealing King Neptune's crown and setting up Mr. Krabs for the theft, which brings the King out to the small town of Bikini Bottom... and he's quite pissed off at Mr. Krabs. Krabs pleads his innocence, but Neptune doesn't buy it and orders him to be executed via his fire-shooting trident... however, Krabs asks Neptune to ask around about how good of a person he is and how he wouldn't do something like steal the crown. Neptune agrees, and looks around the room... and in walks SpongeBob, who is in a drunken stupor (off of ice cream). SpongeBob tells Neptune how horrible a person Krabs is, so it's back to the execution plan. This sobers SpongeBob up in a hurry, and in order to save his bosses life, he offers to go out and retrieve the king's crown. Neptune agrees to the plan and gives SpongeBob six days to bring back the crown, and while he's gone, Krabs will be frozen where he stands to prevent him from running away should SpongeBob fail in his quest. It won't be easy for poor SpongeBob, however, as the crown now resides in Shell City - a city that is home to various monsters, criminals, and killer animals. After SpongeBob and Patrick set off on their journey, Plankton sneaks in to Mr. Krabs' fine hamburger establishment and steals the secret formula, lures all of his customers away, and brainwashes them into following his commands. Will SpongeBob be able to save the day?!

Now, I'll be honest... this really isn't the type of movie that I would have picked up on my own. Sure, the cartoon series was pretty good, but I wouldn't have expected a feature-length film involving these characters to have lived up to the original series. However, I purchased the DVD for my daughter, and as things started to move along, I quickly got sucked in due to the quite hilarious antics of the characters involved. Yes, this animated film is geared towards the children, but the goofy humor that is included will appeal to adults as well... at least, it did to this reviewer. There's also more than a few innuendos that will definitely fly over the kiddies heads, but adults will catch them and more than likely find them to be comedic gold. If you've ever watched the cartoon on Nickelodeon (and who hasn't), you'll know what sort of humor to expect here. This movie ranks right up there in terms of quality with some of the better episodes that have been shown on the television, and is sure to please fans of the source material.

Fans of the series should dig this one, as well as those who are looking for some good, clean humor. The children will love it, and their parents can watch it alongside them and be just as entertained. You can't go wrong with that combination, so for that, I'll give this one an 8/10.
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r00t3d #1: r00t3d - added 03/15/2005, 01:23 AM
I dont know why they would make a movie out of something that is pure drivel. the show sucks, the movie blows more (I cant believe David Hasselhoff agreed to cameo). stuff like this should be burned the minute it comes out of the reel.
Chad #2: Chad - added 03/15/2005, 10:36 PM
Just spoil the ending, why don't ya?
Deadwired2 #3: Deadwired2 - added 07/03/2005, 06:23 AM
Spongebob owns.
dadarulz #4: dadarulz - added 07/23/2005, 06:38 AM
I watch it over and over again for a) those funny, lovely, naive character and b) David Hasselhoff still accepting a role that only ridicules himself
Cryptorchild #5: Cryptorchild - added 08/30/2007, 09:23 PM
This movie is pure gold. I mean Spongebob and Patrick get DRUNK off ice cream. And David Hasselhoff?! Seriously, I loved this movie.
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