|The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie|
Novenber 19, 2004
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is a feature film based on Nickelodeon's popular animated comedy SpongeBob SquarePants. SpongeBob leaves Bikini Bottom in order to track down King Neptune's stolen crown. Spongebob meets world for the very first time! The film was released in the United States on November 19, 2004. It was distributed in Switzerland, Spain and Netherlands by Universal Studios. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was the second most successful Nickelodeon production, only behind The Rugrats Movie. It stars Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Doug Lawrence, Clancy Brown, Scarlett Johannson, Jeffrey Tambor, Alec Baldwin, Rodger Bumpass, and a cameo appearance by David Hasselhoff.
The film begins with a live action credit sequence, in which a group of pirates retrieve tickets to The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. The pirates then go into the movies and then the film then cuts to Bikini Bottom, where Mr. Krabs, the owner of popular fast food restaurant, the Krusty Krab, has a problem: a customer ordered a Krabby Patty with cheese, yet no cheese was put on the patty. Suddenly, SpongeBob SquarePants comes to the rescue. He has a brief chat with the customer, and with his briefcase full of gadgets, he takes out a pair of pliers and adds cheese, and the crisis is resolved. The whole scene reveals itself to be SpongeBob's dream. |}
Mr. Krabs is preparing to celebrate the grand opening of the "Krusty Krab 2", his new restaurant. Hoping to become the new manager of the Krusty Krab 2, SpongeBob is completely convinced his name will be announced, since he had already been "Employee of the Month" 374 consecutive times.
Meanwhile, Plankton - arch-nemesis and business rival of Mr. Krabs and the main antagonist and villain who constantly tries to steal Mr. Krabs' formula of the Krabby Patty, is planning his ultimate plot - the dreaded Plan Z. At the celebration, SpongeBob's co-worker, Squidward, is given the manager title, as Mr. Krabs tells a heartbroken SpongeBob that he is just a kid and is unable to handle the task.
Plankton arrives at the castle of King Neptune, who is prevented from declaring a ridiculous prison sentence by his intelligent teenage daughter, Princess Mindy. King Neptune is then horrified to discover that his crown is missing, having been stolen by Plankton. SpongeBob arrives at Goofy Goober's Ice Cream Party Boat, a popular children's restaurant, to brood over his loss. His best friend Patrick arrives and joins him in a Triple Gooberberry Sunrise ice cream-eating spree, and SpongeBob experiences hangover-like symptoms the next morning.
Meanwhile, King Neptune arrives at the Krusty Krab after receiving false evidence that Mr. Krabs had stolen his crown and sent it to the dreaded Shell City. Krabs pleads innocent, and King Neptune asks the crowd of onlookers if Krabs has a thieving nature. SpongeBob then arrives and insults Mr. Krabs out of spite, but after hearing the prospect of Mr. Krabs being executed, he and Patrick agree to travel to Shell City (where Plankton has sold the crown). Before departing, Mr. Krabs is frozen by King Neptune's trident, and Mindy warns the duo about the giant Cyclops guarding Shell City. She also gives SpongeBob and Patrick a magical bag of winds to return home with (a reference to the Odyssey).
With six days to retrieve the crown, SpongeBob and Patrick travel to a gas station next to the county line. There, their hamburger-like vehicle, the Patty Wagon, is quickly stolen by a thug. One long walk later, they find it parked at The Thug Tug, a bar for tough, muscular fish. After an unsuccessful attempt to obtain the car's key, they begin to blow bubbles in the bar bathroom, which is a sign of weakness by the rules of the bar. A fin-fight as to who blew the bubbles results, allowing them to steal the key amidst the confusion and escape.
The following day, Squidward finds out about Plankton's plan and begins to tell on him by talking to King Neptune. Plankton begins controlling the minds of the townspeople through electronic bucket-shaped hats, disguised as free souvenir hats, ultimately taking over Bikini Bottom and re-naming it "Planktopolis." He also sends Dennis, a motorcycle-riding hitman, to eliminate SpongeBob and Patrick. Dennis is clearly an enemy of SpongeBob and Patrick.
SpongeBob and Patrick then obliviously drive into an area littered with piles of skulls and bones. Upon seeing a sign for free ice cream, SpongeBob goes to get some for himself and Patrick, only to discover that the entire stand and the old lady managing it are all part of a frog fish's lure. Spongebob manages to escape it and gets into the Patty Wagon with Patrick, but the frog fish gives chase. At the last minute, upon approaching a monster-filled trench, the duo jump out, leaving the Patty Wagon to be eaten by the frog fish in midair (right above the trench). A few seconds later, a huge eel emerges from the trench and eats the frog fish.
Upon seeing the sheer depth and danger of the trench, though, SpongeBob gives up and accepts that he and Patrick are "just kids". However, Mindy arrives and shows them, via a magic clam, what Plankton has done to Bikini Bottom. When that does not convince them, Mindy gives them fake mustaches in the form of seaweed, convincing them that they are now men. They pass through the trench without fear (singing "Now That We're Men"), and even befriend the various monsters that inhabit the trench. However, they are greeted on the other side by Dennis, who reveals that they are not really men (by ripping off their "mustaches") and is about to kill them (which were Plankton's instructions to "step on them") before being stepped on by a human scuba diver (the Cyclops), who takes SpongeBob and Patrick to the surface.
He takes them to Shell City, which is revealed to be a gift shop that sells knick-knacks made from ocean items such as shells, seahorses, and stars. SpongeBob and Patrick are put through a lethal drying-out process involving a heat lamp, but before dying, they realize that they made it to the crown after all, and shed two tears of joy which together form a droplet in the shape of a heart. As they slowly dry out, they sing the Goofy Goober song one last time, after which they completely dry out. However, the heart droplet slides down to the lamp's wire and short-circuits it, causing smoke to rise and activate the sprinkler system, bring them and all of the fish-made knick-knacks alive, who lead an assault against the Cyclops. The duo takes the crown and flee, but Patrick accidentally opens the bag of winds without holding on to it, and it flies away. However, David Hasselhoff arrives and takes them across the ocean at sonic speed.
However, the cyclops' boot suddenly appears from the water, and brings an angry Dennis along with it. After several minutes of struggling, the angry assassin almost defeats Patrick and SpongeBob before being hit by an upcoming catamaran. Meanwhile, King Neptune has arrived at the Krusty Krab II to execute Mr. Krabs, and has Plankton to watch. As Mindy desperately stalls for time, Spongebob and Patrick arrive over Bikini Bottom, and Hasselhoff opens his pectoral muscles and shoots the heroes into Bikini Bottom, deflecting King Neptune's execution beam with the crown in the knick of time (though burning Hasselhoff in the process though he survives). However, Plankton's hypnotized minions, which include King Neptune after Plankton jams a helmet on his head, attack the heroes, and as they are cornered, SpongeBob makes a speech about how being a kid is okay, as he did all the things everyone thought a kid couldn't do (i.e crossing the desert, defeating Dennis and the Cyclops, and returning the Crown) before pulling out a guitar and playing a rock version of the Goofy Goober song (which resembles the Twisted Sister song I Wanna Rock). SpongeBob destroys the mind-control buckets with his electric guitar and frees the townspeople from Plankton's mind-control. Realizing defeat once again, Plankton tries to escape but a crowd of freed citizens stomp on him as they rush to see Spongebob play.
In the aftermath, Plankton is arrested, and King Neptune reaches an understanding with his daughter. He unfreezes Mr. Krabs, noting how he should be honored to have "a brave, courageous, and heroic young man" like SpongeBob. Realizing this, Mr. Krabs admits his past mistake and offers SpongeBob the managerial position. Even Squidward is proud of his brave success, in which he gives the manager tag to SpongeBob. After telling Squidward that his fly is open, the porous sponge leaps at the opportunity, and proclaims it to be "the greatest day of his life.", And the screen freezes.
During the end credits, pictures are shown of SpongeBob's job as manager, who is seen happily mopping the floors, taking out the trash, sweeping the chimney, and getting a raise from Mr. Krabs (by only one penny). Following the credits, a theater lady tells the pirates to leave.