Monday, June 24, 2019

'SpongeBob SquarePants' Celebrates 20 Years with Movie Etiquette PSA

It's SpongeBob SquarePants' 20th anniversary, and to help celebrate 20 years of one of the most iconic TV series and characters ever created, the folks behind the beloved show have created a funny animated short about movie etiquette starring SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward.

The short, narrated by the French narrator from the show, will play before G and PG rated movies at Screenivision movie theaters around the U.S. from May 24 to Aug. 29. It's almost like a little teaser for The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge that's slated to come to theaters in summer 2020. Ahead of that full-length movie will be the new one-hour special "SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout," which premieres on Friday 12th July 2019 at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon USA, followed by a global rollout.

It’s SpongeBob’s birthday in “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout,” an original mixed live-action and animated special which features for the first time the celebrated voice talent behind SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Sandy, Squidward and Plankton - Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Clancy Brown, Carolyn Lawrence, Roger Bumpass and Mr. Lawrence, respectively - playing live-action doppelgänger versions of the animated characters they voice! In the one-hour special, Bikini Bottom is getting ready for a very special day: SpongeBob's birthday! To mark the occasion, Sandy, helped by the inhabitants of the underwater city, decide to organise a surprise birthday party for SpongeBob. In order to keep the birthday boy away from the preparations, Patrick and SpongeBob go on a crazy trip to the surface world, where they come across a few familiar characters during lunchtime rush at The Trusty Slab restaurant. The special will also feature special guest stars David Hasselhoff (Baywatch, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie), Kel Mitchell (All That, Kenan & Kel, Good Burger), Jack Griffo (The Thundermans) and Daniella Perkins (Knight Squad). (#254-#255)

The movie etiquette short is a fun way to remind all movie-goers how to behave during movies — did you catch which movie the folks of Bikini Bottom are seeing?

This is not the first time SpongeBob SquarePants has appeared on the big screen outside his own films. SpongeBob SquarePants previously appeared in a Pearl & Dean ident which ran before movies in Vue Cinemas in the UK in 2008. In the ident, directed by Oli Hyatt and Jane Laffey from Nickelodeon's in-house creative team, alongside creative house Blue-Zoo (Digby Dragon, Pony), SpongeBob sings the famous Pearl & Dean jingle:

Originally published: Monday, June 24, 2019.

Original source: Mashable; H/T: Special thanks to Waltergamer for the video!
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