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  • Adored by the Network:
    • It's no secret that Nickelodeon loves to play this movie on random weeknights and weekends, usually as filler where they couldn't fit more episodes of the show, and it's a regular during SpongeBob marathons. This only seems to die down whenever a premium cable network or a popular streaming service gets the broadcasting/streaming rights, but when they lose it or a service takes it down, Nickelodeon goes back to doing the same thing they always do. And when they don't have the rights, Nick will usually just do the exact same shtick with it's sequel.
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    • Showtime and its sister networks love airing this movie, to the point where as of 2021, it's the only animated movie aired across their networks. It's worth noting that their adoration of the film has been going on since they first got the rights 16 years ago.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: The movie has three big name actors playing specific characters in the film: Scarlett Johansson as Princess Mindy, Jeffrey Tambor as King Neptune and Alec Baldwin as Dennis.
  • Colbert Bump: The song Ocean Man by Ween was popularized by this movie (and gained a Memetic Mutation status), due to it being featured in the credits.
  • Deleted Scene: In the special features of the DVD and Blu-Ray releases, there's 20 minutes of animatics, including the extended opening (the one of the trailer), Bob and Patrick meeting Sandy in the real world and more.
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  • Descended Creator: Writer and storyboard artist Mr. Lawrence as Plankton, as in the show. Stephen Hillenburg, the movie's director, voices the parrot who tells the pirates to look at the screen when SpongeBob and Patrick are being resurrected by the sprinklers.
  • Dueling Movies: With Shark Tale because they are ocean/fish animated themed kids movies released in the Fall of 2004.
  • Exiled from Continuity: One that took 15 years to be lifted. According to Vincent Waller, there was once a firewall between content created for this film and the Nickelodeon created characters, hence why the movie's version of King Neptune and other characters created for it don't pop up in the show. Even images of Goofy Goober and the exterior of the restaurant were barred from being used for a while, though mentions of him in the show were still okay. It wasn't until 2015 when Paramount and Nickelodeon agreed to use elements from the movie to appear on the show like the above mentioned Goofy Goober and his restaurant later appearing in episodes like "The Goofy Newbie". Likewise, Mindy would later make a brief non-speaking cameo in the special SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout".
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  • In Memoriam: The movie is dedicated to Jules Engel, who taught Hillenberg at the California Institute of the Arts.
  • Milestone Celebration: The film was released during the show's 5th anniversary.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: The improperly made Krabby Patty opening scene had a few things that ended up being cut from the final product.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Jeffrey Tambor voices King Neptune instead of John O'Hurley, though this King Neptune is a different character than than the one who's usually seen in the show.
    • The German dub has Antje Von Der Ahe voicing Karen instead of Susanne Geier.
    • Mostly averted in the Latin American Spanish dub. The film was meant to be dubbed in Mexico rather than the usual Venezuela, but the recording unfortunately coincided with the ANDA strike against Grabaciones y Doblajes (you know, the one that caused The Simpsons to be recast). As a result, it was ultimately decided that the film should be dubbed in Venezuela with most of the cast reprising their roles except Paul Gillman as Patrick due to his retirement from dubbing to continue his music career; Alfonso Soto took over since then. David Hasselhoff was dubbed by Juan Alfonso Carralero, his usual voice at the time, from Mexico.
    • The Japanese dub has a different cast than the main series' dub. Most noticeably, Plankton is voiced by a male actor (Yuichi Nagashima), whereas he's typically voiced by a woman in the actual series. SpongeBob is voiced by Taiki Matsuno, who has continued to voice him since, and Patrick is voiced by Takashi Nagasako.
  • Promoted Fangirl: Though she didn't realize who he was at the time, Scarlett Johansson is reportedly a huge fan of Rocko's Modern Life and had a fangirl moment when she found out that most of the crew had previously worked on it. Mr. Lawrence even dipped into his Filbert voice for her, much to her delight.
  • Real-Life Relative: Mark Osborne, the director for the live-action sequences, is the younger brother of co-writer Kent Osborne.
  • Recycled Set: The pirate ship at the beginning? That's the HMS Bounty, which was built for Mutiny on the Bounty (1962).
  • So My Kids Can Watch: Alec Baldwin took the role of Dennis because his children were fans of the show.
  • Typecasting: Victor the Thug Tug owner is voiced by Thomas F. Wilson, best known for playing bully Biff Tannen in Back to the Future and its sequels. Previously, Wilson voiced several characters of the day in SpongeBob SquarePants that were of a similar ilk, including Flatz the Flounder in the "The Bully", Reg the Salty Spitoon's bouncer in "No Weenies Allowed" and the titular Tattletale Strangler from "SpongeBob Meets the Strangler".
  • What Could Have Been: As stated on the main page, the film was originally meant to be the series' finale.
    • Storyboards had a little Ho Yay scene of SpongeBob grabbing Squidward's tentacle as he waits for the announcement of the new manager.
    • There was also cut footage of SpongeBob seeing cakes and airplane banners congratulating Squidward on his manager job.
    • Storyboards also show that the pirate captain was originally intended to be Patchy, with Potty instead of a live parrot.
    • There was a deleted scene where SpongeBob and Patrick would meet Sandy on land implying she moved away from Bikini Bottom some time ago but she was also being chased by government agents for some strange reason. This was changed due to censors being displeased at how much Patrick vomited due to how gross he and SpongeBob thought she looked on land as they reunited. Others say it was removed because it didn't really add anything to the film and just slowed down the pacing unnecessarily. In the same deleted scene, Shell City was actually a city and there were buses that traveled between there and Bikini Bottom.
      • The scene would also show three human bystanders that were basically Spongebob, Patrick, and Squidward in Human form.
  • Word of God: According to Stephen Hillenburg and some of the show and movie writers, this movie takes place at the end of the SpongeBob mythos despite how many episodes and movies came out after the film's release. It makes sense, seeing that this was meant to be the series finale.

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