The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is a 2015 American 3D animated/live action comedy adventure film based on the Nickelodeon television series SpongeBob SquarePants. A stand-alone sequel to The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004), it was directed by Paul Tibbitt, with live-action sequences directed by Mike Mitchell. The film stars Antonio Banderas and features the voices of Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence, and Mr. Lawrence, who returned to reprise their respective roles from the series and the previous film. Matt Berry co-stars as the voice of Bubbles. The plot follows a pirate called Burger-Beard, who steals the Krabby Patty secret formula using a magical book that makes any text written upon it come true. SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs, Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, and Plankton must travel to the surface and confront Burger-Beard in order to get the formula back.
The film was written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger from a story conceived by Tibbitt and SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg. Like the first film, the final act (which was directed by Mike Mitchell) mixes the animated characters in a live action world. However, in this film, the characters are animated and rendered in computer animation. The live action scenes were shot in various locations throughout Savannah, Georgia and Tybee Island; filming began on October 9, 2013, in the downtown area, where various establishments were changed to resemble a beach community. Filming completed in November 2013. During production (in 2012), actor Ernest Borgnine, the original voice of Mermaid Man, died; the film was dedicated to his memory. It was also the first film to be produced by Paramount Animation.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water was released in the United States on February 6, 2015. The film grossed over $323 million worldwide against a $74 million budget. It was the 5th highest-grossing animated film of 2015. It was nominated in the 2015 Kids' Choice Awards for "Favorite Animated Movie", but lost to Big Hero 6. It is currently the third highest grossing Nickelodeon film, behind The Adventures of Tintin (2011) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014).