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The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie (Widescreen Edition) (2004)

Jeffrey Tambor , Rodger Bumpass , Mark Osborne , Stephen Hillenburg  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (412 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeffrey Tambor, Rodger Bumpass, Carolyn Lawrence, Clancy Brown, Tom Kenny
  • Directors: Mark Osborne, Stephen Hillenburg
  • Writers: Stephen Hillenburg, Aaron Springer, Derek Drymon, Kent Osborne, Paul Tibbitt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (412 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JN55
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,189 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The Absorbing Tale behind The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie animatic featuring the writers and creator Stephen Hillenburg
  • "Saving the Surf" Featurette
  • "Case of the Spongebob" - Special "undersea" featurette
  • Submarine Teaser Trailer
  • THQ game preview

Editorial Reviews

Voices of Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Alec Baldwin, Jeffrey Tambor, Scarlett Johansson. SpongeBob and Patrick are shocked when Mr. Krabs is accused of stealing King Neptune's crown, and set out on a wild adventure to prove their friend's innocence! 2004/color/87 min/PG.

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68 of 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Righteous! November 20, 2004
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Relentlessly optimistic, drunk and defeated, man-child, sponge-man -- this movie has it all. Most of the parents in the audience didn't get it. But I've been an outspoken SpongeBob fan for years. Hell, I'll bet I like the television show even more than my children do -- and they like it a lot.

It's hard to describe this film, at least in a way that will do it justice. Is it great? In it's own twisted, surreal way, sure. It's littered with double entendres, to be sure, and a few nautical butt cheeks, too. I suppose the studio insisted on the latter. The bottom line is that we need SpongeBob, maybe more than we ever did. His good cheer in the face of disaster is downright inspirational. Plus, he can blow bubbles with the best of them.

The evil villain, Plankton, speaks for all of us when he says, "His chops are too righteous!"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing adventure March 2, 2005
Format:DVD
The controversy over SpongeBob's sexual orientation has been quite absorbing but nowhere near as involving as this very funny movie based on the popular TV series on Nickelodeon. Just in case you've been living under a rock for the last five years, SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Mr. Krabs and all the residents of Bikini Bottom have become the most hip (and funny) half hour this side of "The Simpsons". More importantly, it's a program that almost all family members can watch without becoming offended (well, except for those folks wondering about SpongeBob's sexuality). It's a fun way to spend an hour and a half with the kids. After losing a treasured promotion to manage the Krusty Krab 2 restaurant because he's just a kid, SpongeBob is the only person who can stop Plankton from taking over Bikini Bottom. Plankton resorts to Plan Z (having used every other plan in the alphabet) to frame Mr. Krabs for the theft of King Neptune's crown. The diminutive Plankton hopes to discover the secret to the Krabby Patty and ultimately rule the undersea world! Meanwhile, Spongebob and his dim witted friend Patrick must travel to the dreaded Shell City to recover the King's crown and stop Plankton before it's too late.

Featuring a marvelous cast of guest voices including Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development"), Scarlet Johansson ("Lost in Translation"), Clancy Brown ("The Shawshank Redemption"), Alec Baldwin and, of all people, David Hasselhoff, the film may lack the sparkle of the best episodes of the series but it more than makes up for this shortcoming with a number of witty gags.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm a Goofy Goober!!! (Rock!) November 19, 2004
By B-MAN
After reading some negative reviews for this film, I was pleasantly surprised at how funny (with a touch of demented) this movie was. When I see reviews stating things like "Worst animated film of 2004" I have to wonder if they were either a) a fan of the show and or b) at the same movie I was at. Also to the reviewer who said "I'd rather watch a 24/7 marathon of the Teletubbies"...I'd say, I dare ya! I will say that I probably could've went my whole life without seeing Patrick in fishnet stockings, not to mention his bare necessities!

Spongebob the movie seemed like a 99 minute episode. It has all the same goofy, zany, and downright strange humor of the half hour you watch on TV. I thought that outside characters like Dennis (Alec Baldwin) and the real life David Hasslehoff would be dumb and they were, but in a good way. I noticed in the audience tonight (opening night) there were mostly parents with their children, but there were also some couples like my 28 year old self who actually got my girlfriend to go with me (is that love or what?!). I heard adults laughing more than kids many times. I think that's Spongebob's appeal though, it's fun for kids, but some adults (especially fans of Ren & Stimpy or Beavis & Butthead) can crack up too. I would go into the plot but...ok I will...

Spongebob and Patrick set out to find the crown of King Neptune, so he can thaw out Mr. Krabs who Neptune thinks stole it...still with me? Good. So SB and "Pat" jump in their Krabby Patty mobile (complete with pickles for wheels) and embark on their quest. Along the way they get help from Neptune's daughter Mindy who gives them a magic "bag of wind" and turns them into men by strategically placing seaweed on their faces as moustaches.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Growing Pains of Becoming An Adult Sponge March 15, 2005
Format:DVD
Albert Einstein, a man of all seasons, once said: "The life of the individual has meaning only insofar as it aids in making the life of every living thing nobler and more beautiful." Mr. Krabs has been unjustly accused of stealing King Neptune's stolen crown. SpongeBob SquarePants decides to find the real thief, even though he has not been chosen by Mr. Krabs for a promotion. This movie shows what a special individual SpongeBob is and I think he should be a role model for everyone, regardless of his aquatic, marine invertebrate sexual preferences.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My hero! December 11, 2004
I can remember as a youngster sitting around the TV with mom and dad and watching "our shows" together, like the Carol Burnett show, in the 1970s. Now that I'm a daddy myself, "SpongeBob SquarePants" provides the same common experience, although sometimes it's hard to swallow your dinner while laughing so hard we all spew food particles around the room.

We were thrilled to find out the movie was coming out. That explains why there have been no new episodes on TV for so long; they've been busy elsewhere. And it works! Despite a couple of negative reviews I see here, any sponge fan would have to be in a truly bum mood to not enjoy this flick. The problems in translating a small-screen show to the big screen are usually that the characters are overly stretched, the story doesn't ring true to what we're used to, or the filmmakers don't have a clue how to turn from the short format to a 90-minute story. I'm pleased to say that none of these things are a problem here, and that the whole thing holds up beautifully in the theater.

The story, as you've probably heard by now, involves Plankton's latest attempt to take over the world. The big news for fans is that he finally gets Mr. Krabs' recipe for Krabby Patties! Guest star Jeffrey Tambor (King Neptune) unwittingly allows Plankton access to the secret recipe when he believes Mr. Krabs has stolen his crown, freezes him until SpongeBob and Patrick can get the crown back, and while the Krusty Krab is shut down the little megalomaniac sneaks in and steals the recipe, making the Chum Bucket a success at long last.
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