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Behind the Business of ‘SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout’

Behind the Business of ‘SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout’
Nickelodeon’s hit “SpongeBob Square-Pants” moved out of its own adolescence earlier this year when the animated series turned 20 in May. But the celebration of the modern classic about under-the-sea adventures is continuing well into next year as a “love letter” to the show’s creator, says Ramsey Naito, Nickelodeon executive vice president of animation production and development.

“Time flies,” says Naito. “I remember meeting Stephen Hillenburg in 1998 when we were both getting coffee at a coffee machine when he was just starting.”

Hillenburg, who was a marine biology teacher before stepping into the world of animation, created “SpongeBob” based on some of his own experience seeing children’s awe at sponges and starfish. The series became Nickelodeon’s first original Saturday morning cartoon, debuting in May 1999. Hillenburg unfortunately passed away from complications from Als in November 2018 at age 57, before getting to see his beloved series hit this milestone — festivities
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Nickelodeon’s Ramsey Naito Talks ‘SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout’ at Annecy

  • Variety
Annecy, France — Having traveled from the floor of Bikini Bottom to the shores of Lake Annecy in France, SpongeBob SquarePants is kicking off his 20th year at Europe’s most important animation festival with a Nickelodeon panel and accompanying sneak peek of the upcoming special “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout.”

A few lucky Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival attendees who waited online to score tickets for the rapidly sold-out panel will be the first in the world to see the special, which will release worldwide on the slimy orange network on July 12.

The accompanying panel will include Nickelodeon and SpongeBob vets including co-executive producers Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller, producer Jennie Monica and writer Kaz Prapuolenis.

The special is a mix of traditional 2D animated and live action scenes, on a par with 2004’s “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie,” and even features a cameo from one of the film’s live action superstars.
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SpongeBob SquarePants Prequel Series Set for Nickelodeon

Joseph Baxter Jun 4, 2019

The underwater exploits of SpongeBob’s summer camp childhood exploits will be the focus of a new Nickelodeon prequel series.

SpongeBob SquarePants has plenty of projects – a year-long birthday bash, a special featuring the voice cast in live-action form, another movie and even prospective spinoff shows – on his franchise backlog during the porous Pollyannaish pineapple-dweller’s 20th anniversary. However, Nickelodeon has another entry to offer, a prequel series set to focus on a 10-year-old version of the character during a stay at summer sleepaway camp.

Tentatively titled Kamp Koral, Nickelodeon has officially greenlit the young-Sponge-Bob prequel series for a 13-episode run, reports Deadline. Unlike the mothership show, the prequel will manifest as a CGI-concocted series, though will remain 2D. According to the description, the prequel will focus on SpongeBob’s stay at “the craziest camp in the kelp forest,” Kamp Koral, where he’ll spend the summer “building underwater campfires,
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Nickelodeon Orders ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Prequel "Kamp Koral"

  • The Wrap
Nickelodeon Orders ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Prequel
Nickelodeon has ordered a prequel series to its longrunning cartoon, “SpongeBob SquarePants” that will follow a young Spongebob during sleepaway camp.

The series, titled “Kamp Koral” will see a 10-year-old SpongeBob during his summer the eponymous camp. In the series, SpongeBob and his pals spend the summer building underwater campfires, catching wild jellyfish, and swimming in Lake Yuckymuck at the craziest camp in the kelp forest, Kamp Koral. “SpongeBob SquarePantsMarc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller will co-executive produce the prequel.

Oh, and it won’t be a 2-dimensional cartoon like the flagship “SpongeBob,” but instead computer-generated animation. This won’t be the first time “SpongeBob” gets the 3-D treatment. The 2015 movie “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” was also CG-animated.

The series is one of multiple planned spinoffs for the “SpongeBob” universe, which include potential standalone stories
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‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ CG-Animated Prequel Series ‘Kamp Koral’ Greenlighted By Nickelodeon

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Nickelodeon has given a 13-episode series order to Kamp Koral (working title), a spinoff of the network’s signature series SpongeBob SquarePants. While the mothership is a classic 2D cartoon, the offshoot will be a CG-animated series, which serves as a prequel to SpongeBob. It introduces 10-year-old SpongeBob SquarePants during his summer at sleepaway camp.

Earlier this year, Nickelodeon, under new president Brian Robbins, announced it is developing for the first time ever spinoff projects for SpongeBob SquarePants characters. Kamp Koral marks the first such project to get a green light. It is slated to begin production in June at Nickelodeon’s facilities in Burbank.

In the series, SpongeBob and his pals spend the summer building underwater campfires, catching wild jellyfish, and swimming in Lake Yuckymuck at the craziest camp in the kelp forest, Kamp Koral. SpongeBob SquarePants‘ Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller co-executive produce the prequel.

“SpongeBob has
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First Look at Nickelodeon's Spongebob Squarepants Live-Action/Animated 20th Anniversary Special

Holy crap! Has SpongeBob Squarepants really been around for 20 years!? That’s just crazy to me, it seems just like yesterday when it first premiered!

To celebrate, Nickelodeon will have an hour-long 20th anniversary special called “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout.” It will be a live-action and animated special that will feature Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy Cheeks) and Mr. Lawrence (Plankton) playing live-action versions of their animated characters. The special also features guest stars David Hasselhoff, Kel Mitchell (All That), Jack Griffo (The Thundermans) and Daniella Perkins (Knight Squad).

That sounds like a lot of fun and today we have our first look at the special thanks to a couple of photos that have been released. Hasselhoff had this to say in a statement:

“I experienced the world of SpongeBob first-hand when I appeared in ‘The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie,
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SpongeBob Voice Cast To Play Human Versions of Their Characters

Chris Longo May 22, 2019

As part of SpongeBob's 20th birthday celebration, fans will meet the live-action version of the show's iconic characters.

From the show’s inception, SpongeBob SquarePants has been a beloved and highly-rated children’s animated program. It’s longevity–it turns 20 this year–only proves how much of a cultural force the characters of SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Plankton, and the rest of the creatures in Bikini Bottom are. Some, in fact, may be getting their own spinoffs.

For the first time, as part of Nickelodeon's year-long celebration of SpongeBob, the voices behind the iconic characters will show their real faces on the long-running program. Nickelodeon unveiled a first look of a new hour-long special titled “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout,” which includes live-action scenes where the voice cast plays the human counterparts of their animated characters.

The network released first look photos of the gang.
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Nickelodeon Shares Peek at ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Live-Action/Animated Special

  • Variety
Nickelodeon has released first-look photos from its one-hour “SpongeBob SquarePants” 20th anniversary special, “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout,” set to premiere Friday, July 12, at 7 p.m. on Nickelodeon.

The special mixes live-action and animation, allowing the core voice cast of Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy Cheeks) and Mr. Lawrence (Plankton) to play live-action versions of their animated characters.

The special also features guest stars David Hasselhoff, Kel Mitchell (“All That”), Jack Griffo (“The Thundermans”) and Daniella Perkins (“Knight Squad”).

Hasselhoff, who played himself in “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie,” will do so again in the special.

“I experienced the world of SpongeBob first-hand when I appeared in ‘The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie,’ which was an amazing experience,” said Hasselhoff. “After making that cameo, kids around the world recognized me from the movie. How awesome to now come back to be
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Grumpy Cat, Internet Celebrity, Meme Sensation & Movie Star, Dies at 7

Grumpy Cat, Internet Celebrity, Meme Sensation & Movie Star, Dies at 7
We have some terrible news to pass along today, as we can report the internet sensation known as Grumpy Cat has sadly passed away. On the 7-year-old feline's official Twitter account, a post from her human family states Grumpy died due to complications from a recent urinary tract infection, despite the best efforts of top professionals. According to the post, the cat died at home on Tuesday morning "in the arms of her mommy, Tabatha." Referring to the kitty as their "baby and a cherished member of the family," Grumpy's owners say her spirit will live on through her fans.

Before rising to viral fame, Grumpy Cat was an ordinary feline named Tardar Sauce from Morristown, Arizona. Based on her permanently "grumpy" appearance, which is the result of feline dwarfism and an underbite, Grumpy first went viral in 2012 when a photo of her was posted on Reddit. Her likeness was
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‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Spinoffs in the Works at Nickelodeon

  • The Wrap
‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Spinoffs in the Works at Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon is bringing you more stories from under the sea. The children’s cable network is planning its first-ever series of spinoffs from the long-running, popular animated program “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

Possible ideas for the breakout installments include standalone stories for side characters like Sandy Cheeks and Plankton. No further details are available at this time, including a projected date for when the spinoffs would hit the small screen.

Created by the late animator and marine biology teacher, Stephen Hillenburg, “SpongeBob” premiered on Nickelodeon in July 1999. The cartoon’s massive popularity has led to two feature films, 2004’s “The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie” and its 2015 sequel, as well as a Broadway musical.

The series is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Nick is dropping a ton of news this morning. The kids’ network is also bringing back “Are You Smarter Than
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Film News Roundup: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Becomes Sony’s Top Animated Title

  • Variety
Film News Roundup: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Becomes Sony’s Top Animated Title
In today’s film news roundup, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” sets a Sony Pictures record, Chris O’Dowd is honored, “The Spongebob Movie” gets a date change, and arm-wrestling movie “Golden Arm” gets a director.

Box Office Milestone

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” has topped $170 million at the domestic box office to become Sony Pictures’ biggest animated film, surpassing the lifetime total of “Hotel Transylvania 2.”

Sony’s eighth weekend of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is heading for another $4 million at 2,234 venues this weekend as it battles Warner Bros.’ seventh frame of “Aquaman” and Universal’s 12th weekend of “Green Book” for fourth place.

Sources said in November before “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” opened that Sony Pictures was developing a sequel and spinoffs. The film, with Shameik Moore voicing Miles Morales/Spider-Man, has also taken in nearly $170 million from international markets.

Honor

Chris O’Dowd will be honored with an Oscar Wilde Award by the U.
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SpongeBob SquarePants 3: It's a Wonderful Sponge Begins Production

SpongeBob SquarePants 3: It's a Wonderful Sponge Begins Production
SpongeBob Squarepants will soon enough be back on the big screen with an all new movie, according to a listing from Production Weekly. Called The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge, the project's principal photography has already begun at Paramount Animation. Full plot details aren't clear, but the movie will reportedly be a prequel, taking place prior to the events of the previous movies and Nickelodeon TV series.

Reportedly, the origin story will take place at Camp Coral, revealing how he meets some of his very best friends like Patrick Star and Sandy Squirrel. Courtesy of Mikros Image (Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie), the animated movie will use full CGI animation for the underwater sequences, which marks the first time for the franchise to do so. Live-action sequences will be featured as well, similar to the first SpongeBob movie.

Sitting in the director's chair will be Tim Hill,
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Production begins on The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge

According to a listing from Production Weekly, Paramount Animation has now commenced principal photography on The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge, the third instalmnent in the SpongeBob SquarePants movie series.

Directed by Tim Hill, show veteran and co-writer of 2004’s The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie, the film will reportedly explore the origin story of SpongeBob meeting his friends for the very first time at Camp Coral, and will incorporate full CGI animation for its underwater sequences for the very first time, handled by Mikros Image.

Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, Mr. Lawrence, Jill Talley, Carolyn Lawrence, Mary Jo Catlett and Lori Alan are all expected to return to voice their characters in the film, while Hans Zimmer is also on board to compose the music.

It’s a Wonderful Sponge will be the first SpongeBob production following the death of creator Stephen Hillenburg, who passed away aged 57 this past November.
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Exclusive Interview – Sound Mixers Mike Prestwood Smith and Michael Keller talk Mary Poppins Returns

Red Stewart chats with Mike Prestwood Smith and Michael Keller about Mary Poppins Returns….

Mike Prestwood Smith and Michael Keller are re-recording mixers who have been working in the film and television industries since the 1990s. Smith is best known for his work on movies like Hellboy II, Casino Royale, and The Hunger Games, while Keller is best known for his work on projects like The Spongebob Squarepants Movie, Eight Below, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Flickering Myth had the privilege to interview them, and I in turn had the honor to conduct it:

Gentlemen, thank you so much for talking with me. You’ve both worked on some of my favorite movies of all time.

Smith- Pleasure

Keller- Ah, thank you.

First off, congratulations on the success of the movie, I know you put months of your lives into these projects and you never know if people will respond positively,
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‘SpongeBob’ Creator Stephen Hillenburg Remembered By Cast And Colleagues

  • Deadline
‘SpongeBob’ Creator Stephen Hillenburg Remembered By Cast And Colleagues
Refresh for updates SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg was remembered today by friends and colleagues as a man with an incredible impact on pop culture. “To this day I am stopped and flattered by people and kids who have seen me in the film,” tweeted David Hasselhoff, who appeared as himself in 2004’s The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.

“We grew up together at Nickelodeon,” tweeted Butch Hartman, creator of The Fairly OddParents and Danny Phantom, describing Hillenburg as an “immensely talented creator.”

See all tweets below.

“I can’t put into words how grateful I am to you for changing my life with your creative brilliance & huge heart,” tweeted SpongeBob actress Lori Alan. “It has been such an honor to bring Pearl Krabs to life. Our SpongeBob family is devastated but we know you’re in Bikini Bottom in the sky.”

American Horror Story‘s Shelby Young, Reno 911!‘s Chris Tallman
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SpongeBob SquarePants Creator Stephen Hillenburg Dies at 57

Tony Sokol Nov 27, 2018

Stephen Hillenburg took an educational comic book to Bikini Bottom in the Pacific, and drove SpongeBob Squarepants to Nickelodeon.

Stephen Hillenburg, creator of the TV series SpongeBob SquarePants, died at the age of 57, according to Variety. The news was confirmed by Nickelodeon, which tweeted "Today, we are observing a moment of silence to honor his life and work." Hillenburg was diagnosed last year with the neurodegenerative disease Als.

“We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with Als,” Nickelodeon said in a statement. “He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family. Steve imbued SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere. His utterly original characters and the world of Bikini Bottom will
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‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator Stephen Hillenburg Dead At 57

  • Deadline
‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator Stephen Hillenburg Dead At 57
Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of Nickelodeon’s signature cartoon series, SpongeBob SquarePants, died on Monday. He was 57.

The animator and former marine biology instructor created a powerhouse property with the quirky SpongeBob SquarePants — the global merchandise sales alone have gone north of $13 billion for a brand that has also yielded two animated feature films, nine music albums and a Broadway musical.

Hillenburg revealed in March of last year that he was battling Als (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). His passing was announced Monday in a Nickelodeon statement that framed his singular sensibility, which gave the world a loopy but lovable classic of television animation.

“We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with Als. He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family. Steve imbued SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense
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Stephen Hillenburg, ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator, Dies at 57

  • The Wrap
Stephen Hillenburg, ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator, Dies at 57
Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants,” died on Monday, with his official cause of death listed as ALS. He was 57.

“We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with Als,” Nickelodeon said in a statement Tuesday. “He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family. Steve imbued ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere. His utterly original characters and the world of Bikini Bottom will long stand as a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship and the limitless power of imagination.”

Hillenburg revealed he had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease — last March, saying in a statement at the time that he would
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‘SpongeBob Squarepants’ Creator Stephen Hillenburg Dies at 57

  • Variety
‘SpongeBob Squarepants’ Creator Stephen Hillenburg Dies at 57
Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the megahit Nickelodeon cartoon series “SpongeBob SquarePants,” died on Monday. He was 57.

The cause of death was Als, which Hillenburg revealed he had been diagnosed with in March of last year.

“We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with Als,” Nickelodeon said in a statement. “He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family. Steve imbued ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere. His utterly original characters and the world of Bikini Bottom will long stand as a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship and the limitless power of imagination.”

Hillenburg graduated from Humboldt State University in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Planning and Interpretation,
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Escape from Hat Animated Movie Is Coming from Netflix and Kung Fu Panda Director

Netflix today announced that it will produce the animated feature film, Escape from Hat, from two time Academy Award nominated director Mark Osborne together with writer Adam Kline. Production will commence this month in New York.

Escape From Hat joins Netflix's growing slate of original animated event programming designed for kids and families around the world. Osborne will direct and produce with Jinko Gotoh, who worked with Osborne on the critically-acclaimed feature The Little Prince and serves as producer on the 2019 Netflix animated feature film Klaus, from director Sergio Pablos. The screenplay is by Adam Kline and Osborne, based on the book of the same name by Kline, a new middle-grade novel that will be published by HarperCollins in Winter 2020.

Escape From Hat brings light to the ancient mysteries of magic. In a fairy tale where black cats are bad and magic rabbits are good, balance is threatened when one
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