The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2004 PG CC

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SpongeBob SquarePants takes leave from the town of Bikini Bottom in order to track down King Neptune's stolen crown.

Starring:
Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown
Runtime:
1 hour, 28 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family
Director Stephen Hillenburg, Mark Osborne
Starring Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown
Supporting actors Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Mr. Lawrence, Jill Talley, Carolyn Lawrence, Mary Jo Catlett, Jeffrey Tambor, Scarlett Johansson, Alec Baldwin, David Hasselhoff, Kristopher Logan, D.P. FitzGerald, Cole S. McKay, Dylan Haggerty, Bart McCarthy, Henry Kingi, Randolph Jones, Paul Zies
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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76 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Maine Writer VINE VOICE on 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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B-MAN on November 19, 2004
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hulett VINE VOICE on 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sylo on November 23, 2004
Since the Rugrats movie debuted to much critical praise and several oscar nominations it was no surprise that Nickelodeon had struck gold. Their very own nick toons had become real competition to the Disney money machine. Children could fall in love with a television cartoon show and than beg their parents to take them to see it, or else. Unfortunately Rugrats seem to be the only real hit Nickelodeon had up their sleeves. Hey Arnold and the Wild Thornberry's were met with yawns, angry yawns. Where or where would their next hit come from? Little did they know, it would come from inside a pineapple under the sea.

The Spongebob Squarepants movie is the kind of movie that is wasted on kids. I saw it in a theatre with my girlfriend, surrounded by children. There were many moments where she and I were the only ones laughing out loud. Many of the real jokes simple went over the children's heads. The insanity of this cute cartoon was clearly missed by the parents of these kids. Where o' where were all these supposed college/stoner/goth fans I had heard so much about? Where ever they were I was clearly on my own in this theatre. Yet what a grand ol' time it was. The movie was exactly the kind of bafoonery I was expecting.

Spongebob and Patrick get drunk on ice cream and wake up with hang overs. They have a bubble party in a dirty club bathroom. They ride a giant crabby patty on their way to rescue king neptunes crown. They continue to sing a irritatingly funny Goofy Goober song through the movie. I don't know about you, but nothing is funnier or cooler than a climax that takes place entirely on the hairy back of David Hasselhoff.

Was this a perfect film? No. Where was Patchy the Pirate from the TV Show? Why didn't Sandy the Squirrel get ANY lines or screen time?
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