The film follows the plot of the TV series SpongeBob SquarePants, focusing on the anthropomorphic sea sponge SpongeBob SquarePants (Tom Kenny). It begins with a live action sequence of a pirate crew eagerly awaiting their treasure: tickets to The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. When they recover it, they sail to the movie theater and sit down at the front row seats to watch the film. In the movie proper, SpongeBob has a dream of becoming the manager of the Krusty Krab restaurant and that the restaurant is in danger because a customer named Phil has no cheese on his Krabby Patty, but SpongeBob comes to save the day. SpongeBob wakes up, and happily gets ready for the Krusty Krab 2 opening ceremony, with the hope that his boss Mr. Krabs (Clancy Brown) will promote him as manager of the new restaurant. At the opening ceremony, SpongeBob is denied the title, which is instead given to his co-worker Squidward Tentacles (Rodger Bumpass), due to being "more mature" than SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs thinking that he is "just a kid" and unable to handle the task.