The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is a 2004 American live-action/animated comedy film directed by Stephen Hillenburg and based on the Nickelodeon animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. The film was produced by Nickelodeon Movies and United Plankton Pictures and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was released on November 19, 2004. A standalone sequel, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, was released on February 6, 2015. A third film is scheduled for release on July 31, 2020.