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SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, The
Genre: Animation

Reviewed In Issue 95 (Apr 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

The Voice Talents Of Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Mr. Lawrence, Jill Talley, Carolyn Lawrence, Mary Jo Catlett, Jeffrey Tambor, Scarlett Johansson, Alec Baldwin & David Hasselhoff

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include the 18-minute featurette, The Absorbing Tale Behind The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie; a 15-minute entertaining underwater featurette with Jean-Michel Cousteau called Case Of The Sponge 'Bob'; 20 minutes of storyboards featuring the voice of Stephen Hillenburg; and Saving The Surf, a four-minute featurette on the beach. There is also a DVD-ROM THQ Game Demo available for computers capable of running Microsoft Windows 98se or higher, the trailer, and previews, which are also shown as up-front ads. Be sure and watch the credits all the way through to catch an amusing little final pirate scene.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 34209
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Mild Crude Humor
(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen):
(Running Time In Minutes): 87
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/01/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Stephen Hillenburg
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob (Kenny) SquarePants! Even after being turned down for a promotion he was sure should have been his, SpongeBob refuses to believe that his boss Mr. Krabs (Brown) is capable of stealing King Neptune's crown of which he has been accused. So, in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, SpongeBob and his pink pal Patrick Star (Fagerbakke) set out to find the real thief and show Mr. Krabs what a deserving employee SpongeBob really is. Based on a story and the series created by Stephen Hillenburg. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture exhibits superb quality, except for the opening live action sequence, which seems a bit pixelized and pasty. In SpongeBob

Music and effects are mixed well in this Dolby