The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

Released 2004


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Stephen Hillenburg

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie joins SpongeBob (Tom Kenny), who is depressed over his missed promotion and is drowning his sorrows in Goofy Goober milkshakes, his friend Patrick and the rest of Bikini Bottom as they try to reclaim King Neptune's crown, which is believed to have been stolen by Mr. Krabs, the owner of Krusty Krab. When Neptune finds out his crown has been stolen, he freezes Mr. Krabs, and SpongeBob is given 6 days to return with his crown to save his boss. SpongeBob and Patrick must venture to the dangerous Shell City, while Squidward (Rodger Bumpass) is back in Bikini Bottom and finds out that Krabs' rival Sheldon J. Plankton set him up and is the real thief. Plankton takes over Bikini Bottom, renaming it Planktopolis, and sends hitmen to destroy SpongeBob. Can SpongeBob brave Shell City and return with the crown to clear Krabs' name? Find out in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    The movie itself triumphs by similar means; it is a marvel of unleashed childishness, like a birthday party on the edge of spinning out of control.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Its instinctive, unstoppable cheerfulness can be, as all those millions of viewers have found, something of a tonic if you're in the mood.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Possesses charm, as well as visual and musical appeal, on the bigscreen. But as with many short-form TV entities when sextupled in length, "SpongeBob" proves more palatable as scru...

  • Love it

  • end comes to CROWN

    it ended off with the crown mr krabs almost frozen whole movie when it first started he was unfrozen check out on youtube edited funny spongebob movie edits
  • Underrated movie.

    I think that the SpongeBob Squarepants movie is underrated simply because people say that this was when SpongeBob started to go downhill. I disagree that this movie started the show's decline and I think that the plot is interesting. I liked the idea of Plankton stealing King Neptune's crown and getting Mr. Krabs in trouble for it. I found some funny parts but also some sad parts, such as SpongeBob and Patrick nearly dying under the lamp. There were some awesome moments, as well, such as SpongeBob singing a rock and roll song. The movie also ended on a heartwarming note and had a good theme about being a kid at heart. Overall the SpongeBob Squarepants movie is wonderful and I hope that the sequel will be just as good, if not better.moreless
  • This started the decline!

    This is where the show started to suck! The creator quit because he was not getting any credit for ever creating SpongeBob, Nick was! And STILL is! I agree with the previous review, this film stunk on ice, it was terrible, a complete waste of time and money!

    UPDATE ON FEBRUARY 2 (originally posted last year on July 16): Nick has an upcoming show called Breadwinners that airs in 20 days. Today I found the pilot on YouTube and showed it to my family. EVERYONE HATED IT! They all said it was the worst thing they'd seen in their lives. And that includes The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure (2012), Spider's Web: A Pig's Tale (2006), and Rabbids Invasion. So I won't be surprised when Breadwinners gets a 1.9 just like Marvin Marvin here at and Spider's Web: A Pig's Tale at IMDb. My Aunt said I should rate it as low as possible just to get the score down. Unfortunately, the lowest one can rate is 1, unless you are a prolific author. I have been working on that for months (6 plus months), so I can rate stuff like Marvin Marvin, Fred: The Show, and The Oogieloves a 0.0. Breadwinners is next on my "to rate 0.0 once I can" list.

    UPDATE ON FEBRUARY 18: Breadwinners premiered yesterday. I have reviewed it. It's bad but not as bad as Sanjay and Craig. Also, I'm lowering my score for The Nightmare Before Christmas from 5 to 1 because this has 8.5 when The Lion King has only 8.3. That's not right! Hence why The Nightmare Before Christmas has 7.9 now. I'd lower this one too, but it'd still be rated with 8.5 even if I changed it from 2 to 1 (I did try it first before changing it back).moreless
  • Great movie.

    I like the movie especially love the quotes like "I LOVE BEING PURPLE" and "WAITER".
Mr. Lawrence

Mr. Lawrence

Plankton/Fish 7/Attendant 2, Lloyd (voice)

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

SpongeBob/Narrator/Gary/Clay/Tough Fish 2/Twin 2/Houston Voice (voice)

Jeffrey Tambor

Jeffrey Tambor

King Neptune (voice)

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

Mindy (voice)

Clancy Brown (I)

Clancy Brown (I)

Mr. Krabs (voice)

Rodger Bumpass

Rodger Bumpass

Squidward/Fish 4

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Family Comedies, Pre-Teens, Grade Schoolers, Family Dramas