Monday, January 20, 2020

Nickelodeon Celebrates 20 Years of ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ at SF Sketchfest 2020

The stars of Nickelodeon's beloved animated series SpongeBob SquarePants left Bikini Bottom for the Castro Theatre to continue celebrating two decades of serving those wishing for nautical nonsense at SF Sketchfest!

The voice actors and co-executive producers from “SpongeBob SquarePants” hosted a panel at SF Sketchfest on Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Castro Theatre. Photo: Brian Feulner, Special to The Chronicle

More than 700 fans of all ages, some in costume, packed the San Francisco movie house Sunday, Jan. 19, to hear the voices of their favorite sea-dwelling characters discuss their work on SpongeBob, the No. 1 children’s animated series for the past 17 years. The panel, hosted by Busy Philipps, included the voice of SpongeBob, Tom Kenny; Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick); Rodger Bumpass (Squidward); and Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy), as well as the animated series’ co-executive producers Vincent Waller and Marc Ceccarelli.

There was a live table read of the season two episode “Pressure,” plus the premiere of a new episode titled “Escape From Beneath Glove World”, which aired on Nickelodeon the day before as part of its upcoming 13th season. But the less-than-two-hour event focused more on the cartoon’s history and impact as part of the “Best Year Ever,” Nickelodeon’s tribute to the 20th anniversary of SpongeBob.

Rodger Bumpass (left), Carolyn Lawrence, Bill Fagerbakke and Tom Kenny, voice actors from the show “SpongeBob SquarePants,” speak on a panel celebrating 20 years of the series. Photo: Brian Feulner, Special to The Chronicle

Nickelodeon debuted the show on July 17, 1999, originally planning for about three seasons. It went on to win five Emmys, sell $13 billion in merchandise, spawn a Tony award-winning Broadway musical which is now touring North America and provide images for some of the most widely used GIFs and memes on social media.

The show also helped kick off the voice-acting careers for many in the cast, including notable screen actors Fagerbakke (Coach) and Brown (The Highlander, Green Mile). The show is driven by the actors giving wild, unhinged performances, which the panel described as “cathartic.”

“We save a whole lot on psychiatry fees,” Bumpass said.

Being the voice of SpongeBob has been a boon for Kenny, who has worked on hundreds of projects since the show’s premiere, including other hit animated series like Rick & Morty (Mr. Meeseeks) and American Dad.

Kenny came into SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg’s orbit thanks to Rocko’s Modern Life, the first successful cartoon job for both of them. Rocko’s Modern Life lasted four seasons, and after it went off the air in late 1996, Hillenburg approached Kenny about his next project, which eventually became SpongeBob.

“SpongeBob SquarePants” celebrates its 20th anniversary. Photo: Nickelodeon

The first images that Hillenburg had for the character were some watercolor paintings he kept in his desk. When Hillenburg showed them to Kenny, he said it was like the “opening of the Ark of the Covenant.”

“I said, ‘Steve, if anyone else plays this character, I will be sad for the rest of my life,’” Kenny said.

Vincent Waller (left), Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, Carolyn Lawrence, Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke and Marc Ceccarelli appear at the Castro, some wearing T-shirts featuring their “SpongeBob” characters. Photo: Brian Feulner, Special to The Chronicle

The memory of Hillenburg, who died of ALS in 2017, was ever-present during Sunday’s event. The panel credited his vision and ear for voice talent for the show’s success. And though he only served as SpongeBob’s showrunner for its first three seasons, he stayed involved in the show up to his death.

In the months before he died, Hillenburg consulted on The SpongeBob Musical, which became a hit on Broadway and is scheduled to come to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre on Feb. 12-16.

“He wasn’t positive that musical was going to work until he saw the dress rehearsal. After he saw it, I watched him breathe a sigh of relief,” Waller recalled.

Co-executive producer Vincent Waller signs items for fans at the SF Sketchfest event. Photo: Brian Feulner, Special to The Chronicle

The yearlong promotional campaign for the show’s 20th anniversary, which has included a new line of toys, shoes and the launch of an official YouTube channel, culminates in May with the premiere of a 3-D movie, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, featuring Keanu Reeves and Awkwafina.

“We’re doing more SpongeBob than we’ve done ever. It’s a bigger part of my life than it was 20 years ago,” Kenny said. “It always blows my mind that SpongeBob took over the world. Twenty years later and it’s everywhere.”

‘SpongeBob’ Fun Factoids

  • Every four seconds, someone in the world is talking about SpongeBob on social media.
  • San Francisco State University discovered a new mushroom species and named it after SpongeBob (2011).
  • A new species of tulip was named after SpongeBob in Holland (2010).
  • SpongeBob was the first square balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • The series won the following Emmy Awards: outstanding performer in an animated program for Tom Kenny (2018), outstanding children’s animated series (2018), outstanding achievement in sound editing (2014) and outstanding special class animated program (2010), along with a special honor presented to Stephen Hillenburg at the 2018 Daytime Emmy Awards for his contribution and impact in the animation field.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants has “saved lives:” a Long Island girl saved her friend from choking because she learned the Heimlich from SpongeBob (2012); an Australian man lost at sea was found by a helicopter that spotted his yellow SpongeBob trunks (2012); and an entire family was saved from a sinking boat by plugging up the hole with a SpongeBob football (2007).

Additional 2020 SF Sketchfest highlights included:

-- Nostalgia Personified: All That Edition with Nickelodeon legends Danny Tamberelli and Lori Beth Denberg;

- The Rocky Horror Picture Show 45th Anniversary with Barry Bostwick (Spin City), Nell Campbell and Patricia Quinn, hosted by Peaches Christ;

- and Airplane! 40th Anniversary with Robert Hays, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker. This will take place in room 10.. room 11... room 12.. room 13... room 1.. er just check for the latest, and let's do the time warp again.

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Original source: The San Francisco Chronicle.
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SpongyaBob: Spongya szökésben | Magyar Előzetes #1 | Paramount Pictures | UIP-Duna Film | Nickelodeon Hungary

SpongyaBob: Spongya szökésben | IP-Duna Film

Országos bemutató: 2020. június 11.

SpongyaBob és barátai visszatérnek a filmvászonra, új szereplők társaságában - de hová lett Csigusz?!?

Looking for the U.S.-English (Anglais) version of the The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run trailer? Watch it it here!:

From Mentrum:

Készülj fel, hogy visszatérj Bikinifenékre a Paramount Pictures új filmjében, ugyanis megérkezett a SpongyaBob: Spongya szökésben című film előzetese, magyar nyelven is.

Tegnap egy poszterrel csigázták fel a rajongók kedvét a marketingesek, ma pedig már meg is osztották a film első előzetesét. Míg a második filmben csak részben, addig a jövőre érkező folytatás már teljes egészében számítógép animált lesz. A Nickelodeon népszerű sorozatán alapuló folytatásban is őrületes kalandokban lesz része főhőseinknek.

A filmsorozat 3. részében Csigusz eltűnik. De, hogy hova vagy ki által, azt senki sem tudja. Ezért SpongyaBob és Patrik elindulnak megkeresni. Ezen az úton mondanuk sem kell, óriási kalandokba csöppennek és még új barátokra is szert tesznek. A korábbi részekben már megszokhattuk, hogy nagy Hollywood-i nevek is feltűnnek a filmekben. Az első részben David Hasselhoff, a másodikban Antonio Banderas, míg a következő részben Keanu Reeves tűnik fel Bölcs szerepében. Főszereplőink eljutnak Bikini fenék Las Vegasába is, vagyis Atlantic City elveszett Aranyvárosába. Vajon itt bukkannak Csiguszra is, vagy ég messzibb vidékre sodorja az autóút a két szerencsétlen duót?

Az előzetes megmutatja SpongyaBob és Csigusz első találkozását is, mely a Korall táborban történt meg. Érdekesség, hogy a SpongyaBob spinoffja is ezen a helyen fog játszódni, szóval akár a sorozat felvezetéseként is szolgálhat a film. Most viszont nézzük az előzetest magyar, illetve angol nyelven, majd a film poszterét


Több Nick: Nickelodeon Marks 20 Years of "SpongeBob SquarePants" with the "Best Year Ever"!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT 2003) - Saturday Morning Acapella

In their latest addition to their "Saturday Morning A Capella" playlist, YouTube channel Triforcefilms has unveiled an a capella version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), opening theme tune, which you can watch in the totally monsteriffic music video below!

In the video clip, Mr. Dooves records himself singing and humming different parts (which you can see individually), while the theme song's familiar opening titles play in the centre of the screen. It's another of those videos you can watch multiple times, yet continue to notice new things!:

Update (1/20/2020) This is a remastered reupload of our Saturday Morning Acapella cover of TMNT 2003. Our previous video was copyright blocked. Thanks for your understanding.

Here's the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) theme song, composed by Norman J. Grossfeld and Russell Velazquez, in all its glory! Sing-along with the lyrics below:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Turtles count it off:
1! 2! 3! 4! Turtles!
Mutant chain reaction (Turtles!)
Livin' underground (Turtles!)
Ninjutsu action (Turtles!)
It's a shell of a town!

Turtles count it off:
(1!) Live by the code of the martial arts
(2!) Never fight unless someone else starts
(3!) Always stick together no matter what
(4!) If all else fails then it's time to kick butt!

I love bein a....
I love bein a....
I love bein' a Turtle!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Turtles count it off:
1! 2! 3! 4! Turtles!
There's no one better (Turtles!)
Shredder: Watch out for Shredder! (Turtles!)
They're like no others (Turtles!)
Those teenage brothers!

1! 2! 3! 4!
1! 2! 3! 4!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
(Turtles! Turtles!)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) theme song lyrics via TMNTPedia.

Originally published: Sunday, November 13, 2016.
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What Did You Think of the New 'The Casagrandes' Special 'Operation Dad'? | Nickelodeon Fan Poll

What did you think of the first-ever The Casagrandes special "Operation Dad"? Vote in the poll and sound off in the comments below!