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SpongeBob SquarePants is a popular cartoon, and has been referenced in popular culture numerous times. Several of these references are from Nickelodeon movies and movies from other companies.

The Muppets

Orange County

  • In the 2002 movie Orange Country, Lance is seen watching and laughing at the episode "Help Wanted."

Tomb Raider

  • Clips from the episode "Jellyfishing" appeared in the 2003 film Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, but the characters' voices were spoken in Mandarin Chinese.

Daddy Day Care

  • In the opening scene from the 2003 movie Daddy Day Care, Ben Hinton is seen wearing SpongeBob slippers.

Super Size Me

  • In the 2004 documentary film Super Size Me, a SpongeBob lunchbox was briefly seen. Later in the film, a kid can be seen wearing a SpongeBob T-shirt.

War of the Worlds

  • In the 2005 movie War of the Worlds, clips from "The Secret Box" are seen.


  • In the 2005 movie Zathura, clips from the episode "Bubblestand" are seen. Also, Danny asks Walter if he can watch SpongeBob SquarePants after he changes the channel from SpongeBob to Sports Center.

Are We There Yet?


  • In the movie Firewall, SpongeBob can be heard saying the line "Did you ever notice how big squirrels' teeth are?" from this episode in one scene, meaning "Squirrel Jokes" made a cameo in the movie also other SpongeBob clips are heard but they are mostly from "Squirrel Jokes."

Alvin and the Chipmunks

Tamagotchi: The Movie

  • In the 2007 movie Tamagotchi: The Movie, the way Shingotchi moves while saying "So, Atchi, what activity could I match up with this pose, huh?!" is very similar to the dance SpongeBob does in "Help Wanted".


  • In the 2008 movie Cloverfield, in the television store, before the main character sees the news, clips of "MuscleBob BuffPants" were seen.

Food, Inc.

Tower Heist

  • In Tower Heist, during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, a SpongeBob float is seen with the theme song playing. A cameo shows a guy in the background selling character balloons, and at the top there is a SpongeBob balloon, with Patrick.

Karate Kid

  • In the 2010 film The Karate Kid, after moving in with his mom, Dre turns on the TV, the SpongeBob intro is briefly played, and finds it on the episode "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III." The clip shown was in Chinese, due to the fact that the movie was filmed in China.

Grown Ups

  • In the 2010 film Grown Ups, one of the girls mentions talking to SpongeBob while taking on a "cup and string" phone.

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

  • In the 2011 film Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, Judy calls Frank "Mr. SpongeFrank SquareBottom."



  • In the 2012 drama-mystery film Flight, when the main character is changing the channel at a hotel room, a brief clip of "New Digs" is shown.

This is 40

Piranha 3DD


  • In the 2012 Seth MacFarlane movie Ted, John and Ted are seen watching the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Procrastination" at the beginning, ironically as John is procrastinating going to work.


  • In the 2012 film Rec 3: Genesis, a person dressed up as a "John Sponge" shows up and explains that he's dressed up like that because of an issue with copyright.

I Know That Voice

  • In the 2013 documentary film I Know That Voice, plush toys of SpongeBob can be seen at Tom Kenny's house.

Daddy's Home

  • In the 2015 film Daddy's Home, close to the end of the movie, there is a man who is wearing a Squidward tie and he has a couple of talking lines. Mark Wahlberg's character later on calls him "Squidward Tie" to make the reference even more obvious.
  • In the 2017 film Daddy's Home 2, the kids can be seen watching a scene of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.

Monster Trucks


  • In the 2017 movie Baywatch, in a little girl's room, actual purchasable SpongeBob, Patrick and Gary plush toys are hanging from a crib, Dwayne Johnson's character later on gets strangled with them still attached to it.


Star Wars

  • In the 2018 film Solo: A Star Wars Story, you can hear a Stormtrooper yell "My Leg!" during a battle on the planet Mimban. This may have been an unintentional reference to the popular "My Leg!" gag.

Instant Family

  • In the 2018 film Instant Family, Lita is seen holding a Spongebob knife.

Final Destination

  • In the 2006 film, "Final Destination 3", Kevin Fisher references SpongeBob when he sees a Spongebob plush toy In a picture featuring Frankie Cheeks.

Pet Sematary

Invader Zim

Come Play

  • In the 2020 movie Come Play, SpongeBob SquarePants plays a major role in the movie with the main character, Oliver watching it on a streaming service.

See also

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