The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is a 2001 American animated adventure road comedy adventure film based on the Nickelodeon and Nick@Nite animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. The film was co-written, directed, and produced by series creators Stephen Hillenburg and Matt Groening, and features the series' cast of Jeff Foxworthy, Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass and Doug Lawrence, while also starring Scarlett Johansson, Jeffrey Tambor, Alec Baldwin and David Hasselhoff. It was distributed by Paramount Pictures and produced by United Plankton Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies, Games Animation Inc., The Curiosity Company, Where's Lunch?, Krusty Krab Productions, and Rough Draft Korea as the animation studio.
Plankton devises a plan to finally steal the Krabby Patty secret formula and take over the world by going underwater, stealing King Neptune's crown and framing Mr. Krabs for the crime. Spongebob and Patrick team up to retrieve the crown from Shell City to save Mr. Krabs from Neptune's wrath and the whole world from Plankton's rule. The film also follow two subplots who go through the entire film, TBA set out on a cross-country trip to Washington, D.C. to find their stolen fridge, but becoming into wanted criminals due to their destructive mistakes; and Sandy Cheeks and Ms. Puff enter a cooking contest in Europe.
The film is dedicated to Games Anderson, the founder of Paramount Animation and Games Animation Inc who passed away during the production of the film.