Friday, July 31, 2020

CBS All Access to Premiere 'Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years' During Early 2021

ViacomCBS has announced that CBS All Access, ViacomCBS’ soon-to-be-rebranded subscription video on demand and live-streaming service, will debut Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years, Nickelodeon's brand-new animated spinoff of the beloved hit series SpongeBob SquarePants during early 2021.

Credit: Paramount Pictures/Nickelodeon

The news comes as CBS All Access starts to beef up its service with Nickelodeon programming, adding library hits including SpongeBob SquarePants, Rugrats, The Loud House, The Ren & Stimpy Show and more.

Speaking about CBS All Access shoring up its service, Marc DeBevoise, chief digital officer of ViacomCBS and president and chief executive of ViacomCBS Digital, said: “A lot of what we’re talking about is which franchises do we want to build off of to really make the service shine and stand out from the competition.

“SpongeBob is a perfect example of that. We’re building out that entire franchise to become a key part of the service.”

In the new 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.

The news follows ViacomCBS announcing that the third SpongeBob SquarePants movie, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run will be foregoing a theatrical release and instead debut digitally in the U.S. via premium video on demand in early 2021 and then move exclusively to CBS All Access. Internationally, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run will release on Netflix. Both The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run and Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years were set to premiere during summer 2020.

Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years will join a raft of Nickelodeon library shows moving to the streaming service, including Avatar: Last Airbender, Rugrats and all prior seasons of the original SpongeBob SquarePants.

A CG-animated prequel series (13 episodes), Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years follows 10-year-old SpongeBob during his summer at sleepaway camp and stars Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy Cheeks) and Mr. Lawrence (Plankton), all of whom are reprising their iconic roles in this new series.

SDCC 2020 Nickelodeon Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years con exclusive patches. (Credit: Nickelodeon)

“When our younger characters first meet in Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years, there is an instant chemistry among them that could only be conveyed by the incredible talents who have lived and breathed them every day for the last two decades,” said Ramsey Naito, Executive Vice President, Animation Production and Development, Nickelodeon. “We are so excited to have the original SpongeBob cast join our new series, which is incredibly inventive and funny, and visually stunning in CG.”

Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years will also feature returning SpongeBob SquarePants voice cast members Mary Jo Catlett (Mrs. Puff), Jill Talley (Karen) and Lori Alan (Pearl), among others. Additionally, Carlos Alazraqui (The Casagrandes) and Kate Higgins (Blaze and the Monster Machines) will join the cast as new characters Nobby and Narlene, narwhal siblings who live in the woods surrounding the camp.

Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller (SpongeBob SquarePants) serve as co-executive producers on Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years, which is produced by Nickelodeon in Burbank.

Since its launch July 17, 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has reigned as the number-one kids’ animated series on TV for the last 17 years, while generating a universe of beloved characters, pop culture catchphrases and memes, theatrical releases, consumer products, a Tony award-winning Broadway musical and a global fan base.

The forthcoming Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years series underscores a key element of Nickelodeon's content strategy, to build and expand the worlds of its enormously popular franchises like Henry Danger, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Blue's Clues & You!, among others, to give audiences more of what they love. Nick's new content slate is informed by the network's ongoing research and insights into today's generation of kids, who: are the most diverse generation ever and expect to see themselves authentically represented in media and in the world around them; want to make a positive difference in the world as they grow up; consider social media stars as their top role models, alongside their parents; and increasingly meet their much-desired need for family time by co-viewing entertainment content together.

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Originally published: Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 17.57 BST.

H/T: YouTube /Vailskibum94, Special thanks to @WalterSalmon13!; Additional sources: Deadline, Anime Superhero Forum /@ToonsJazzLover.
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