The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is a 2004 American animated movie based on the popular TV series SpongeBob SquarePants. The movie is written and directed by Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the show, and stars the regular voice actors from the TV series along several guest stars. Despite being an animated movie, the movie also features live-action scenes, both standalone and blended with the animated sequences.
When a group of pirates find a treasure chest, that contains tickets to see The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, they sing the SpongeBob SquarePants theme song, go to a movie theater, and sit down to see the movie.
After he didn't get the promotion to manager of a new restaurant of Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob, along his friend Patrick, goes on a quest to retrieve King Neptune's crown which was stolen by Plankton in an attempt to frame his business rival Mr. Krabs.
Why it Rocks
- Splendid animation, just like the TV series. In fact, it's even better than the animation in the show.
- Action packed adventure scenes.
- Talented voice acting both from the same voice actors of the TV series and from guest stars, most notably Alec Baldwin and David Hasslehoff; the first portraying a convincing villain and the second as himself.
- Mindy is such a charming female character.
- The songs are incredibly amazing, like "Goofy Goober Rock", and "Ocean Man" (which would later go on to become a meme).
- Funny and hilarious moments and jokes.
- Excellent writing with an engaging plot that fits well with the series' standard humour while providing extra material for a movie.
- The fact that the story was written by the creator of the show himself guaranteed a good time and a quality movie for all the fans.
- Pleasant soundtrack by the London Metropolitan Orchestra
- The Nick Movies intro in this installment was heavily praised by fans calling it "catchy" "timeless" and "engaging"
- All of the cast members from the show reprise their roles, and even the all-star cast member who voiced Mindy is none other than, Scarlett Johansson!
- The scene where SpongeBob and Patrick both cry about everyone becoming goners was annoying.
- The ending, while really entertaining, feels rushed and made no sense just to be a happy ending. For example, where did the guitar come from and how did SpongeBob know that would free the people?
- Watching SpongeBob and Patrick die on screen is a bit dark and depressing for young and even adult fans of the show.
- The writing isn't perfect, there are many plot holes throughout the story. For example, King Neptune has a powerful staff that can set people on fire, why don't he just go to Shell City himself.
- Although she had been frequently appearing since Season 1 of the show, Sandy Cheeks' role was abysmal to the point of being just a background character.
- The movie was intended to end the entire show, because the creator Stephen Hillenburg was worried the show would jump the shark. Nickelodeon wanted more episodes of the show, so he left it to Paul Tibbitt (which explains why the show went bad) until 2015, well even then, the first half of season nine was nowhere near as abysmal or dreaded as seasons six to eight.