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THE SPONGEBOB SQUARE PANTS MOVIE

The opening, for example, is inexplicable, unexpected and very funny, as a boatload of pirates crowd into the front of a movie theater to see SpongeBob. These are real flesh-and-blood pirates, not animated ones, and part of the scene’s charm comes because it is completely gratuitous.
— Roger Ebert, 2004

Click above to see the live-action opening sequence of the first Spongebob Squarepants Movie. Similar to all of the other live-action/hybrid sequences in the movie, this sequence was directed by Mark Osborne.


ABOUT THE MOVIE

After helping create some of the "Patchy The Pirate" live-action segments for the first 3 years of the Spongebob Squarepants TV Series, Mark Osborne was thrilled to be asked by SpongeBob Squarepants creator Steve Hillenberg to direct the live-action sequences for the first ever feature film of the popular franchise. This Documentary from the DVD goes into what was involved in making the gigantic leap from the small screen to the large one.


ROGER EBERT REVIEW

 

"The opening, for example, is inexplicable, unexpected and very funny, as a boatload of pirates crowd into the front of a movie theater to see SpongeBob. These are real flesh-and-blood pirates, not animated ones, and part of the scene's charm comes because it is completely gratuitous. So, for that matter, is the appearance of another flesh-and-blood actor in the movie, David Hasselhoff, who gives SpongeBob and Patrick a high-speed lift back to Bikini Bottom and then propels them to the deeps by placing them between his pectoral muscles and flexing and popping. This is not quite as disgusting as it sounds, but it comes close.."


STILLS FROM THE MOVIE


BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS from the making of the live-action sequences


MOVIE CREDITS

Directed By: Stephen Hillenburg and Mark Osborne (live-action sequences)

Writen By: Stephen Hillenburg (story), Derek Drymon, Tim Hill, Stephen Hillenburg, Kent Osborne, Aaron Springer, Paul Tibbitt

Starring: Tom Kinney, Clancey Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Mr. Lawrence, Jill Talley, Carolyn Lawrence, Mary Jo Catlett, Jeffrey Tambor, Scarlett Johansson, Alec Baldwin, David Hasselhoff

Executive Producers: Derek Drymon, Gina Shay

Producers: Albie Hecht, Stephen Hillenburg, Julia Pistor

Associate Producers: Ramsey Ann Naito, Steven Wilzbach

Line Producers: Aaron Parry, Peter M. Tobyansen

Cinematography by Jerzy Zielinski

Music by Steve Belfer, Gregor Narholz

Film Editing by Lynn Hobson

Production Design by Nick Jennings, Chris L. Spellman

Art Direction by Tristan Paris Bourne

Costume Design by Terri Valazza

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