Remember when in the last film, pirates got tickets to see the SpongeBob movie and we watched them watch the actual movie at the Surf Theatres? They also sung the anthem the best I think it can be sang. This time, there's a new pirate in town played by Burger Beard played by Antonio Banderas, who goes to the Bikini Bottom Island to find the magical book of, well, the book doesn't really have a name. When SpongeBob's name is mentioned as Banderas reads, pelicans fly by and sing the song knowingly badly with some accordions. When they finally shut up, Burger Beard tells the story and eventually butchers it. This story goes into a bit more detail about reality: Aside from the last movie when Plankton got the Krabby Patty recipe, he's never had one customer. Well, considering how many episodes of the show there are, that's debatable. Whatever. You know how practically every cartoon has a house or set that's completely destroyed but is repaired by the next episode without anyone really caring or any damage or difference ever shown? The same goes for Plankton. Every time he gets the recipe, or a chunk, it's like he forgets it when the screen goes black and the credits roll. Bottom line, with all of Plankton's failures, pretty much just because he's the bad guy, one can get jealous and even a little sad, but the cartoon itself doesn't usually let us see it, until now. One day however, SpongeBob and Plankton are alone and fight over the recipe and it disappears. Naturally, Mr. Krabs assumes Plankton has it and only SpongeBob knows the truth. Noone else does, and then Plankton and SpongeBob together become fugitives as the apocalypse begins without the formula.
Apparently, the writers might've seen my YouTube video commenting on how dumb the plot line for the apocalypse is. What is the secret ingredient in Krabby Patties anyway? Beef bouillon? Laxative syrup? The Krabby Patty is displayed as such importance in this book, like a medicine, and without it, everyone but SpongeBob and Plankton go feral. Oh brother. Even the explanation to why SpongeBob can't make Krabby Patties without it feels completely fake.
One of the things I disliked the most, though, was how this movie doesn't seem to have any idea what it's saying. Mr. Krabs turns into a rattlesnake on Plankton when his formula goes missing. To me, I kind of wanted it to be that way, because it looked like he was getting the anger the first part of the movie showed he deserved. SpongeBob tries to teach Plankton about being a team, a word he can't pronounce, and then goes back to being the bad guy all over again after a while, but I won't say how. I'll give the movie this: I kind of enjoyed the transitions of the time machine, and the boss battle at the end was okay, but it can't compensate for a moral that the movie turns itself off of in the last minute, which almost made me say, "What???!!!", dumb bathroom humour, and the over hyperactivity. If Plankton thinks that wanting the formula all to himself is more selfish than all the other characters were (except SpongeBob of course,) then why doesn't he just apply for a job at the Krusty Krab?