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Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy VI - The Motion Picture
Season №: 4
Episode №: 67b
Airdate: October 7, 2005
Running time: 11 minutes
Sister episode(s): "Enemy In-Law"
Guest(s): Ernest Borgnine as Mermaid Man
Tim Conway as Barnacle Boy
Writer(s): Casey Alexander
Chris Mitchell
Paul Tibbitt
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Casey Alexander
Chris Mitchell
Animation: Andrew Overtoom
Technical: Vincent Waller
Previous: "Enemy In-Law"
Next: "Patrick SmartPants"
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"Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season four. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick make a Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy movie.



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SpongeBob and Patrick are at a Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy fan club meeting, where they learn that a new movie will be made based on the heroes, and meet the actors who will be portraying them. SpongeBob is offended that the movie is using actors instead of the real Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, and tells the fan club that they must boycott the movie. Then he and Patrick are thrown out of the building. The two then go to Shady Shoals and tell Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy that Drippy Brothers Studios is making a movie about them and using actors. The heroes find the news horrible, and Patrick suggests they make their own movie, which they agree with. After brainstorming ideas at the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob and the crew meet to make the movie. SpongeBob is the director and in charge of the movie, Squidward, the makeup artist, prepares the actors for the movie, Sandy is in charge of using the dynamite for explosion scenes, Patrick is the cameraman, Mr. Krabs caters the crew with Krabby Patties, Pearl is the leading lady and the Invisible Boatmobile, and Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, of course, are the stars of the movie. While they are filming, Plankton appears to audition for Man Ray, but SpongeBob tells him that Man Ray isn't in their movie. Plankton is given the job of working the microphone instead. Mermaid Man has trouble with one of his lines and it takes 5,003 takes to get it right. A scene is filmed where Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy ride Pearl up a steep mountain to Kelp-Thing's hideout. Pearl is too heavy to pull, and slides down the mountain, crashing into the sets. Everything is destroyed, and Patrick reveals that he had been filming with the lens cap on, meaning that they have no footage. SpongeBob goes berserk with frustration, but Mermaid Man convinces him to finish the movie. Mr. Krabs holds the premiere of SpongeBob's production in his restaurant, hoping to make lots of money from the movie. The members of the Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy Fan Club attend, but only because the Drippy Bros. production is sold out. The movie is then shown. SpongeBob plays with a car near a box with "Lox" on it. Then the patty vault is opened and Kelp-Thing comes down, but then Mermaid Man (as Sandy) attacks him. He and Barnacle Boy unite. Then it ends. The movie proves to be terrible, and the fans are not pleased. However, Mermaid Man is glad that SpongeBob proved he and Barnacle Boy still have some "action" left in their old bones. They then laugh happily due to their efforts.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  The Lineman - Sam Spence [title card]
  Death Trap - Gregor F. Narholz [opening]
  Mermaid Man Sting - Nicolas Carr ["It's Mermaid Man!"]
  Life on the Wild Side - Sam Spence ["And his young, fit servant Barnacle Boy!"]
  Caped Crusader - David Farnon [Kelp-Thing's car towed]
  Witty Fellow - Gerhard Trede [Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy Fan Club meeting]
  Showbiz Entrance [#65.04] - Harry Bluestone [surprise guests]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Actors?"]
  Pomp and Ceremony - Frank Damico [SpongeBob's speech]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob, Patrick kicked out]
  Alekoki - Kapono Beamer [bingo game]
  ? ["What is it this time, kid?"]
  Dramatic Cue (d) - Ronald Hanmer [Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy gasp]
  Kamakani (b) - Kapono Beamer [Mermaid Man cries]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Patrick, once again you have exposed your brilliance!"]
  Tomorrow the World - Cedric King-Palmer ["We'll make a real Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy movie!"]
  Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob, Patrick writing the script]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["What are ye lads doing?"]
  Hollywood Heyday - A.M. Hughes [pan of the movie crew]
  Sergeant Jones - Larry Hochman [makeup session]
  Tympup (a) - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [SpongeBob gasps]
  Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill ["They're beautiful!"]
  Black Empire - Gregor F. Narholz [Plankton as Man Ray]
  Wooden Bear - Gil Flat, Tony Tape, Florian Voelxen [Plankton as the boom operator]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [Pearl crying]
  Ramblin' Man from Gramblin' - Sam Spence [Pearl as the Boatmobile]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [set destroyed]
  Killer Birds [#36] - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob snaps]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill ["The movie's ruined!"]
  The Four Horseman - Ronald Hanmer [Mermaid Man starts ranting]
  ? ["The rain in Spain stays mainly on the..."]
  Warlord - Wolfgang Kafer ["Space! The final countdown!"]
  Of Love and Destiny - Leighton Lucas ["Stick to the, stick to the... Lou, my darling!"]
  Botany Bay (b) - Robert Alexander White [Krabs crying]
  Steel Sting (c) - Jeremy Wakefield ["The Mermaid Man, Barnacle Boy Fan Club!"]
  Arizona Fanfare - Jack Shaindlin [movie opening titles]
  Into the Wilderness - Clive Richardson [played during the movie]
  Fighter Pilots - Charles Williams [played during the movie]
  Moloka'i Nui (a) - Kapono Beamer [ending]


  • This episode is number 14 in Tom Kenny's Top 20 on iTunes. His description says:

"When SpongeBob's heroes are considered too 'old' to portray themselves in a Hollywood-type movie, he decides to make his own. As a comic book fan, I've sat through horrible movies based on classic comics, wishing I could 'do it right!'.

  • "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture" was ranked #53 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.
  • As of August 11, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.1/10 based on 173 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a 8.1/10 based on 226 votes.[2]



  • This episode has the longest title of any episode of the series along with "Super Evil Aquatic Villain Team Up is Go!" Coincidentally, both of these are Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy related episodes.
    • However, if The Whole Tooth's old title was included, it would be the second longest, as The Whole Tooth's old title is "The Tooth, The Whole Tooth, and Nothing but the Tooth".
  • This was Casey Alexander's first episode working on the show.
  • This was the first episode Chris Mitchell worked on since Season 1's "I Was a Teenage Gary," and his first episode as a storyboard director.
    • This was also the first of a total of ten episodes that Casey Alexander and Chris Mitchell worked on together.
  • This is the second episode in which Kelp Thing is seen. His first was a cameo appearance when we see him as one of the villains in The Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy TV show in the heroes' first episode.
  • On Nickelodeon, "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture" is shown after "Enemy In-Law," but the television listings say the opposite.
  • All of the main and secondary characters appeared in this episode, except for Gary.
  • This is the second time Mermaid Man's belt is purple with a blue M. The first was "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV."
  • Running Gags: When someone says "boom" in a sentence, the scene changes to Sandy preparing to use a detonator, with Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy in the background. She asks "Did somebody say boom?" and pushes the detonator. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy blow up. Also, a close-up of SpongeBob's mouth saying "actors" using a live action human mouth.
  • In SpongeBob's movie, the Patty Vault from "Just One Bite" is seen again.
  • During a tribute to Ernest Borgnine, this episode was skipped. However, it was paired with "Mermaid Man Begins."
  • This is the only episode out of the six original Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy episodes to not have the black and purple fish scale background on the title card. It is also the first one to have a subtitle.
  • The closeup where SpongeBob says "actors" has become subject to edits on YouTube.
  • The leader of the Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy Fan Club is one of the nerd fish from Weenie Hut Juniors.
  • This is the last episode of the "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" sub-series.
  • This episode, "Dunces and Dragons," "Selling Out" and "Funny Pants" were the last episodes to have a VHS release.
  • This is Paco's 25th episode appearance.

Cultural references


  • In Polish version, the narrator mistakenly reads title as Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV: The Motion Picture instead of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture.
  • During almost all of the filming, the lens cap was not on the camera.
  • When the Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy Fan Club was coming to the Krusty Krab and before the movie, the Fan Club kids were the same. After the whole movie, most of the Bikini Bottomites are in the seats.
  • When Mermaid Man says "Now our dreams of being big screen heroes will never come true" he was already in movies such as "The dark tide rises."
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy (VE)

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