Spongebob SquarePants Movie

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[edit] The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is a 2004 feature film based on Nickelodeon's TV series SpongeBob SquarePants, released on November 19, 2004. It was produced and distributed in the US by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies, distributed in the UK by Universal Studios, and was dedicated in memory of Jules Engel. The main protagonists, as in the TV series, are SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star, who go on a quest to save King Neptune and rescue Bikini Bottom from the evil cluthes of Plankton. The teaser trailer uses footage from Das Boot, The Hunt for Red October, and U-571. The film received surprisingly positive reviews from critics and had its own soundtrack released, as well as its own video game.

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Spongebob Movie DVD cover

[edit] Plot

Eugene H. Krabs is about to open his new restaurant, the Krusty Krab 2, to boost his business venture's popularity. At the opening ceremony, SpongeBob is denied the title of the general manager of the new restaurant, which is instead given to Squidward. Severely depressed, SpongeBob heads for the Goofy Goober shack to brood over his loss, where he obtains a hangover with Patrick. Meanwhile, Plankton, Mr. Krabs' rival, activates the dreaded Plan Z as a plot to steal the Krabby Patty formula and end Mr. Krabs' glory once and for all. As part of the scheme, Plankton robs King Neptune's beloved crown and points the finger of blame at Mr. Krabs via a handwritten note. The crown, however, ends up at Shell City, a hazardous location known to all marine life. Incensed, Neptune crashes into the Krusty Krab 2 and assaults the crustacean. SpongeBob, who is in a foul mood and is intending to straighten things out with his boss, arrives, but is horrified at the scene. He promises Neptune to retrieve the crown in four days; but should the time expire with no returning crown, Mr. Krabs will fry. For good measure, Neptune freezes Mr. Krabs with his trident. SpongeBob and Patrick head off for their adventure.

Plankton steals the formula with ease, since his rival is frozen solid. He also sends a hitman named Dennis to pursue SpongeBob and Patrick. Squidward meanwhile uncovers the truth about Plankton and Neptune's crown theft and attempts to alert the authorities. However, Plankton uses mind-controlling buckets, disguised as souvenirs, to control the residents of Bikini Bottom, including Squidward, and renames the city Planktopolis. Back on the road, SpongeBob and Patrick encounter many death-defying obstacles, but their overt goofiness saves them each time. Finally, after outrunning a frogfish, they approach a trench filled with carnivorous creatures. Before the two admit defeat, Neptune's daughter, Mindy, appears to give them encouragement by falsely claiming they are men, not boys. Singing a song, SpongeBob and Patrick dance their way across the trench without harming themselves, but they meet Dennis. Dennis nearly kills them, but he is stomped on by a human boot. The human is what marine life believes is the "Cyclops," but is actually the proprietor of a gift shop located at the beach. The Cyclops grab SpongeBob and Patrick and heads off for his store, which is in fact Shell City itself.

When they arrive, SpongeBob and Patrick find the crown, but encounter a lethal drying-out process which nearly kills them. However, their tears short-circuit the heat lamp, which releases smoke and activates the emergency sprinkler system, which revives them as well as the other hundreds of dried-out sea creatures (their bodies were being sold as souvenirs). While the sea creatures attack the Cyclops, SpongeBob and Patrick take the crown out to the beach. David Hasselhoff offers the two a ride to Bikini Bottom, which they gladly accept. Dennis appears and makes one final attempt to eliminate the two, but is struck by a catamaran. Back at the Krusty Krab 2, Neptune arrives to execute Mr. Krabs, while Plankton eagerly watches. In the nick of time, SpongeBob and Patrick return with the crown, saves Mr. Krabs, and then confronts Plankton. In turn Plankton activates the mind buckets, even brainwashing Neptune. But before Plankton thinks he is triumphant, SpongeBob, cherishing the fact he is just a kid and that he accomplished a lot in the past six days, uses his imagination by playing the Goofy Goober theme in the form of a rock song, using his guitar to free Plankton's slaves. Realizing defeat once again, Plankton tries to escape, but is trampled by Bikini Bottom's citizens. Plankton is arrested and incarcerated, being sent to the Institution of the Criminally Tiny. King Neptune thanks Mindy for her braveness and unfreezes Mr. Krabs, who graciously gives the title of general manager of the Krusty Krab 2 to SpongeBob. SpongeBob declares, "This is the greatest day of my life!" In the end credits, SpongeBob is seen doing jobs and chores for Mr. Krabs with an oversized Krusty Krab employee hat.


[edit] Release

The DVD was released on March 1, 2005, the same day as the 2-disc Platinum Edition Disney DVD of the Walt Disney Company's hit film Bambi.

[edit] Box Office

Box-Office

The film opened at #2 behind Disney's National Treasure, earning $32,018,216 over the weekend on 4,300 screens at 3,212 theaters and averaging about $9,968 per venue or an average of $7,446 per screen, however the film then dropped 44% over the Thanksgiving weekend, then dropped 57% the next weekend. The film closed on Thursday March 24, 2005, having been unsuccessful at outgrossing its holiday animated competitors, The Incredibles from Disney/Pixar, and The Polar Express (film) from Warner Bros. Pictures. It still made a huge profit for both distributor Paramount Pictures and producer Nickelodeon Movies, having earned $85,417,988 in the United States and $740,161,792 worldwide[1], while being produced on a modest $30 million budget.

[edit] Reviews

The film received positive reviews from film critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it currently holds a 69% "Fresh" approval rating and an even better 74% "Fresh" rating from the selected top critics, as well as 75% from the RT community. It also holds a 66 out of 100 rating on Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

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