Tuesday, March 02, 2021

TMNT Murals Pop-Up on Stone Oven Gourmet Pizza in Wichita Falls, TX

Wichita Falls, TX - COWABUNGA! Fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in or around Wichita Falls in Texas will be able to spot the heroes in a half-shell grace the skyline!


You can find these Turtley Awesome TMNT murals featuring Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael, right about Stone Oven Gourmet Pizza's downtown location. They invite you to come check them out this Thursday (March 4) at the Art Walk from 5-11pm! They will be having a local artist perform, plus deviance will having a skate demo!


It's currently unclear how long the murals are planned to stay on the exterior of the building. The Wichita Falls government (or whoever hates joy) previously forced the removal of Rick and Morty murals from downtown.

More Nick: Nickelodeon Readies Next Chapter of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with All-New CG-Animated Theatrical Release Produced By Point Grey Pictures!

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'Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years' and 'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run' to Debut on Paramount+ on Thursday, March 4

“THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN” AND “KAMP KORAL: SPONGEBOB’S UNDER YEARS” TO PREMIERE MARCH 4 ON PARAMOUNT+

“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run” Will Also Be
Released on Premium Video-On-Demand for a Limited Time

The First Six Episodes of Paramount+ Original Series
“Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years” Will Be Available to Stream at Launch

Official Trailer for “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run” Released Today


Jan. 28, 2021 – Paramount+, the highly anticipated streaming service from ViacomCBS, today announced that both THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN and all-new Paramount+ Original Series KAMP KORAL: SPONGEBOB’S UNDER YEARS will premiere on the service on Thursday, March 4. THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN will also be released by Paramount Home Entertainment for Premium Video-On-Demand (PVOD) on the same day. The official trailer for THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN was also released today in addition to the official key art for both the movie and KAMP KORAL: SPONGEBOB’S UNDER YEARS.

KAMP KORAL’s first six episodes will be available to stream beginning March 4 exclusively on Paramount+ for subscribers in the U.S. The rest of the season’s 13-episode order will roll out on the platform at later dates to be announced.


In addition to its availability on Paramount+, THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN will be available on VOD platforms for a limited time at a suggested rental price of $19.99 in the U.S.

About THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN:

In the first-ever all CGI SpongeBob motion picture event, THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN, SpongeBob SquarePants, his best friend Patrick, and the Bikini Bottom gang star in their most epic adventure movie yet! When SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary goes missing, a path of clues leads SpongeBob and Patrick to the powerful King Poseidon, who has Gary held captive in the Lost City of Atlantic City. On their mission to save Gary, SpongeBob and his pals team up for a heroic and hilarious journey where they discover nothing is stronger than the power of friendship.


From Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies, in association with MRC Film, THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN is a United Plankton Pictures production. Directed and written by Tim Hill from a story by Tim Hill and Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger, the film features the voice talent of Tom Kenny, Awkwafina, Matt Berry, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence, Mr. Lawrence, and Reggie Watts.


About KAMP KORAL: SPONGEBOB’S UNDER YEARS:

From Nickelodeon, KAMP KORAL: SPONGEBOB’S UNDER YEARS is the first-ever SpongeBob SquarePants spinoff. The CG-animated prequel series follows 10-year-old SpongeBob SquarePants and his pals during summer sleepaway camp where they spend their time building underwater campfires, catching wild jellyfish and swimming in Lake Yuckymuck at the craziest camp in the kelp forest, Kamp Koral.

KAMP KORAL: SPONGEBOB’S UNDER YEARS features Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy) and Mr. Lawrence (Plankton) reprising their iconic roles. Carlos Alazraqui (Rocko's Modern Life, The Casagrandes) and Kate Higgins (Blaze and the Monster Machines) join as new characters Nobby and Narlene, narwhal siblings who live in the woods surrounding the camp.

Marc Ceccarelli (SpongeBob SquarePants), Vincent Waller (SpongeBob SquarePants) and Jennie Monica (SpongeBob SquarePants) are co-executive producers of the series. Production of KAMP KORAL: SPONGEBOB’S UNDER YEARS is overseen by Kelley Gardner, Vice President, Current Series Animation, Nickelodeon. The series is produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank, Calif.




About Paramount+

ViacomCBS’ existing subscription video-on-demand and live streaming service, CBS All Access, will be rebranded as Paramount+ on March 4, 2021 as part of the service’s expansion to feature content from ViacomCBS’ leading portfolio of broadcast, news, sports and entertainment brands. ViacomCBS will also bring Paramount+ to international markets with an initial debut in Australia, Latin America and the Nordics in 2021.

About Paramount Home Entertainment:

Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC; VIACA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The PHE division oversees PPC’s home entertainment and transactional digital distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television Studios, Paramount Players, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles. PHE additionally manages global licensing of studio content and transactional distribution across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.

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THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN | Official Trailer | Paramount Movies


SpongeBob SquarePants, his best friend Patrick, and the Bikini Bottom gang star in their most epic adventure movie yet! When SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary goes missing, a path of clues leads SpongeBob and Patrick to the powerful King Poseidon, who has Gary held captive in the Lost City of Atlantic City. On their mission to save Gary, SpongeBob and his pals team up for a heroic and hilarious journey where they discover nothing is stronger than the power of friendship. Stay after the credits for an all-new mini-movie!

Featuring: Tom Kenny, Awkwafina, Matt Berry, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence, Douglas Lawrence, Reggie Watts

THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN | Official Trailer | Paramount Pictures


Premiering March 4.
Rent it from AppleTV, Prime Video, Vudu and other digital stores.
Also streaming on Paramount+.
 
SpongeBob SquarePants, his best friend Patrick, and the Bikini Bottom gang star in their most epic adventure movie yet! When SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary goes missing, a path of clues leads SpongeBob and Patrick to the powerful King Poseidon, who has Gary held captive in the Lost City of Atlantic City. On their mission to save Gary, SpongeBob and his pals team up for a heroic and hilarious journey where they discover nothing is stronger than the power of friendship. Stay after the credits for an all-new mini-movie!
 
Featuring: Tom Kenny, Awkwafina, Matt Berry, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence, Douglas Lawrence, Reggie Watts



Paramount + “Peak Streaming” Promo



SpongeBob “in many ways is the centerpiece of our strategy, pairing a beloved library with brand-new takes on beloved characters,” Brian Robbins, president of kids and family entertainment for ViacomCBS, said at an event to promote the company’s streaming services last week.

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More Nick: Nickelodeon and Paramount+ Release Sneak Peek of 'Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years'!

Originally published: Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 19:07 GMT.

H/T: TheFutonCritic.com; Additional source: CBR.

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Tim Hill Talks ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’

Originally published: Friday, June 12, 2020.

There are not many animated characters that can still inspire the kind of devotion SpongeBob SquarePants does after 12 successful seasons over two decades on the air and two hit movies. Created by Stephen Hillenburg, who died in 2018 after a battle with ALS, the beloved yellow character and his Bikini Bottom pals are ready for another feature adventure this summer in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run.

Update (3/2/2021) - After being delayed, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run will debut on Paramount+ and PVOD on Thursday, March 4, 2021!


The new outing centers on SpongeBob’s search for his lost pal, Gary the Snail, who has been abducted by King Poseidon. Along the way, SpongeBob and Patrick (voiced hilariously as usual by Tom Kenny and Bill Fagerbakke) travel to the lost city of Atlantis to track down the good gastropod. In addition to Kenny and Fagerbakke, the movie also features the rest of the show’s original voice cast (Roger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, Mr. Lawrence, Jill Talley, Carolyn Lawrence) as well as some surprising live-action star turns from Snoop Dogg, Keanu Reeves, Awkwafina and Reggie Watts.

This third movie in the SpongeBob cinematic experience is animated by the team at Montreal-based Mikros Image, and is co-written and directed by Tim Hill, a veteran of the TV show and the first SpongeBob movie, whose credits also include Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties (2006), Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007), Hop (2011) and Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever (2014).

Hill, who met Hillenburg when they were both working on Rocko’s Modern Life in the early ’90s, says he was drawn to the new movie because of its clever storyline and characters. The director met up with a group of SpongeBob series veterans and Hillenburg to explore fresh ideas for a third movie featuring the character. “I was asked to put together an outline, and then asked to take a stab at the script, and eventually they asked me to direct the movie,” Hill recalled to Animation Magazine. “The studio had plans for a different version of the movie, but that one was scrapped. Steve was always a fan of grounded, relatable and simple stories. I think the previous script was a bit too far-fetched. So we opted for this story which is about SpongeBob losing Gary as he’s kidnapped by a very vain King Poseidon (voiced by British comic Matt Berry, The IT Crowd) who uses snails to make his skin shiny and young.”


An Homage to Hillenburg

The director says the film’s story is very relatable as everyone can identify with losing a pet or a good friend. “I think it has a great theme and is built as an homage to Steve Hillenburg,” he notes. “Everyone comes together to help SpongeBob because of all the things he has done for them. We thought in a way it’s about what this character has meant to people over the years. It’s a celebration of creativity and humor, and by extension, it’s an homage to what Steve gave to all of us during his lifetime. That’s why I wanted to do the movie, because there was something deeply personal about it, which goes beyond just having a great story and memorable characters.”

Hill says he cherishes some great memories of working, hanging out and going to the movies with Hillenburg. “I met him when we were both in our 20s. When I look back, it’s Steve’s art and sense of humor that really stand out for me. I loved his perspective and ironic sense of humor. He loved art and movies. We used to catch revivals of movies of the silent classics … Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin. We went to animation retrospectives, National Film Board of Canada shorts. He would play guitar and we would all jam in his office. He painted, too. He was a real Renaissance man.”

The helmer says in the earlier stages of development, there were questions about whether to take the traditional 2D approach or push for a CG-animated movie that wouldn’t “break” the look audiences associate with SpongeBob. “Sometimes, I feel that CG doesn’t always serve human characters very well,” says the director. “During our development period, we took a lot of time looking at old clips from the first SpongeBob movie and translating them to CG. We tried a lot of approaches, but I think we ended up with a great solution. It feels a little bit like stop-motion; it’s snappy and more forgiving than general CG. It’s like film animation, we did it on ones and twos (one frame of film per movement or two frames of film). In that way we got the animation to look similar to what we’re used to on the show.”

To animate the project, the studio tapped Mikros Image Animation (Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, The Little Prince) with the production mainly done in the Montreal studio. “It was a bit of a learning curve because they are a digital studio and they don’t come from a 2D world,” says Hill. “We were looking for snappy animation, because it’s more comedic that way. We took the time to get everybody up to speed with the style. One of the show’s original timers went to Montreal to help them with the timing, and they got pretty good.”

According to Hill, the film’s background also presented some challenges since a lot of the show’s sets were more graphic. “For example, a wall would be just a color, but we had to make it all dimensional and put lighting on it and make it a little tactile and real. We had to do stuff with the lighting like caustic and atmosphere and rays coming from the surface to keep it feel like the water is moving round and affecting the plant life. All of those things give it a little verisimilitude and give you this feeling that they all live in a fish tank.”

Of course, there is always the issue of how to make a CG-animated version of the characters look and feel like their 2D counterparts. As Hill explains, “We had to be very subtle with our character modeling and surfacing. For example, we had to figure out how to treat SpongeBob’s shadow side: Does it go green like it does on the show? We had to be careful with the way SpongeBob’s flat top can become too angular if you use the wrong lens. Or take Plankton: He is a kind of a cell organism, so you have to have transparency, but also a little bit of a wet surface. It’s all about dialing it in until it looks right. You just know when it looks right.”

Hill also points out how important the overall colors of the movie were in the whole process. “SpongeBob is such a vibrant show, but in this CG world, the colors get saturated very quickly, so we have to weed out a lot of the specularity,” he notes. “You know, this is my first fully-animated feature, so I’m just telling you what I learned!”

Building a Better Sponge!

Sponge on the Run’s animation supervisor Jacques Daigle says he feels like he’s been living in Bikini Bottom for the past 28 months. He and his team at Montreal’s Mikros Animation have been working hard to make sure SpongeBob and his pals look as funny, cartoony and tactile in CG as they do in 2D. “We had all three first seasons of the series to look at to understand all the timing techniques,” says the animation veteran, whose many credits include Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Little Prince, The Smurfs 2, Mune: Guardian of the Moon and The Star.

“One of the most important things for our team to understand was the timing techniques of the show, which is crucial in comedy,” says Daigle. “Tim Hill and some of the other animation directors on the show trained us to really understand the timing. Our team at Mikros was very open and excited to make the project as honest as possible, and not try to reinvent anything.”

Daigle, who worked with about 80 people in the animation department at the Montreal studio, says the most important thing was to ask the right questions about the final goal. “In terms of the designs of the camera in 3D, we really cheated to the camera a lot,” he notes. “Comedy has to be in your face, so we ended up forcing the perspectives a lot. After all, SpongeBob is a square, so sometimes the top of his head would be hidden in CG. There’s a comfort zone where you can add all your cheats and get away with it, and it doesn’t become too noisy or questionable. It’s funny, because the original show is in 2D, which is all about drawing to make the world look 3D — while we have a 3D movie, which we wanted to make look like a 2D show. It was a cyclical argument!”

“Because of perspectives and the camera, [SpongeBob’s] back limbs looked smaller, for example, so we had to beef him up,” adds Daigle. “SpongeBob is a different Bob in every single shot. We had to simply trust the system and the original rules we were given. Why use six poses when you can just use two or three poses in five seconds to make it work? You don’t need that extra blink. We really tackled it as if we were working in hand animation. It was all about making it snappy and really understanding the language of SpongeBob. We used Maya, but we built a lot of specific tools for the movie, because there was a lot to figure out!”

Daigle says the whole experience was a great exercise in restraint for all the animators involved. “We are used to moving everything, but we just had to accept that we don’t move everything all the time. Tim Hill was relying on us to provide the comedy in our animation. He would give us a slight nudge and we’d sit down and talk about how to make it as funny as possible. We were all so proud of working on this movie. It was such a special project, and every single one of us knew that this was an experience that we were all going to remember. It made us grow so much and become better as animators and as people.”

Live-Action Surprises

The movie also features about 12 minutes of live-action footage. Hill says this was a strategy to give the audience something special, an element that would really make it a cinematic experience for everyone. “When you have a popular IP like SpongeBob, that has had so many episodes and two movies already, you have to think about things that will excite people and get them to come see it on the big screen.”

Hill says it was a good thing that all the live-action footage, the animation and the dialog was done by the time the entertainment industry had to shut down because of COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic precautions. “By the time you’re done with the animation, it’s usually just the director dealing with the editor, putting in new shots or adjusting them,” he explains. “The movie was originally scheduled for May, so most of the work was done. It just made it a little hard to do real-time notes and editing and the music. But we were just doing the post stuff — final lighting, music, effects and dubbing. We got lucky!”

When asked about the timeless appeal of SpongeBob, Hill believes it’s the intelligence, heart and playfulness at the core of the show that has made it such a phenomenal success over the years. “It’s always about friendship and relationships,” he says. “The show also comes up with creative solutions and surprising ways SpongeBob gets around things. The characters remind me of those wonderful silent movies in a way. They all work so well together. It’s truly a wellspring that Steve created and gave the world.”

Paramount is scheduled to release The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run on August 7. The movie might be available on VOD if theaters remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

From Animation Scoop:

INTERVIEW: Tim Hill Is Ready To Unveil “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run”

Alvin and the Chipmunks, Hop and The War with Grandpa director Tim Hill’s latest film is finally making waves in the U.S. Following a theatrical run in Canada last summer and a Netflix debut overseas in the fall, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run is premiering in the U.S. this Thursday March 4th on Digital platforms and the new Paramount+ streaming service.

This is the third feature film starring Nickelodeon’s iconic sponge, who leaves Bikini Bottom with pal Patrick to look for pet snail Gary. It’s a storyline that was first highlighted on a 2005 episode of SpongeBob SquarePants (“Where’s Gary?”) But according to Hill, it’s one that always stuck with the show’s late creator, Stephen Hillenburg. Hill talks about his time with Hillenburg, as well as the major influence of a classic holiday movie on Sponge On The Run.

Jackson Murphy: The legacy of this franchise is so incredible, and you’ve been involved in it, on and off, over the past 25 years. What were your initial goals for this third movie?

Tim Hill: Well, make a funny movie. I think that’s sort of always been how we started the show. Whatever made us laugh. We never tried to make it for kids. It was just kind of Steve Hillenburg’s brain, and I was glad to get in there and help him develop it. It was always whatever we liked, and so I tried to keep that as an ethos. A goal. It’s fun, it’s funny, it’s silly, it’s stupid, it’s emotional, it’s action, it’s a lot of physical comedy, it’s a road trip. The driving story. All those elements kind of come second after you want to keep it within the SpongeBob. But then going CG and all these other things happening…

Tim Hill: [The] story was bigger when we started. It was like a 120-page script. So I had to widdle that thing down. There were a lot of songs in it. Originally it was a pretty ambitious musical extravaganza. But songs are the first things to go. Just for story and brevity and playability, I think we made the right choices. There’s still some really fun songs in it. You have your big ambitions and then you meet reality and go, “Oh. It’s too long.”

JM: Wow. There’s so much there that I want to bounce off of, Tim. You’re right in that there are still some terrific songs in the movie, including one towards the end. And you have this big, surreal sequence with Snoop Dogg and some others that you kept in. Those live-action elements embody what SpongeBob is all about, which is surrealism. How was it for you with the live-action?

TH: It’s kind of my jam: doing the live-action and having animated characters in there and having actors react to them when they’re really just looking at a piece of wood. You try to make it real for everybody. I really like doing that. It takes a lot of visualization and planning. And I had some of my old crew from my other movies who’ve done it before, so it made it a little easier. And then great actors to work with. Really fun. Danny Trejo and his great tacos.

JM: Yeah! With the restaurant!

TH: Yeah, it was really enjoyable. We had a really good time shooting that.

JM: And Keanu Reeves is hilarious too as Sage. You also directed Alvin and the Chipmunks and Hop, so yes, you’re well known for the live-action/animation combo. And speaking of songs, the soundtrack in this is so fun because you incorporate some iconic songs: “My Heart Will Go On”, “Take On Me”, “Livin’ La Vida Loca”. Did you really have free reign with the budget to choose what songs you wanted?

TH: No one ever said “No” in terms of money. The collaboration was to find the best music and we have a great music supervisor. “La Vida Loca” just came out of a “crazy time in Las Vegas” vibe. SpongeBob and Patrick going wild in a casino world and losing their focus and getting lost in it.

JM: So vivacious. Them going to the casino and losing focus AND losing money and enjoying themselves is so entertaining. And that whole Lost City of Atlantic City is so detailed. It’s amazing. How difficult was it designing that?

TH: We had great people working on it. I just remember Atlantic City as being the stepsister of Las Vegas with all the thematic stuff. I thought it was a perfect world for SpongeBob with Goofy Goobers and themed restaurants and casinos. We wanted to build it up pretty big because it is the sea of power for the king. Fun avenues. There were a lot of cool designs that we couldn’t quite get in there. We saw some funny electric carts from the ’50s on the boardwalk of Atlantic City with people driving around in them. We made funny SpongeBob versions of that. I wanted to use more but the movie got a little long, so not all of it got in, but enough to make it really powerful and colorful and a really cool set. I’d love to do more in that set. There’s so much there. Ferris wheels.

JM: Yeah. All the colors. I would love to see maybe a return there at some point. I remember when the title of this movie was going to be “It’s a Wonderful Sponge”. And as I’m watching the third act of “Sponge on the Run”, there’s a very well done, emotional scene involving many of the main characters up on a stage talking about SpongeBob. And I feel like that embodies that “It’s a Wonderful Life” feel. How much of that “It’s a Wonderful Life” concept, besides that sequence, made it into the final product of the movie?

TH: That theme is still there, and I think it’s pretty strong. The idea of someone who… At the end of “Wonderful Life” everyone chips in and replaces the money that Uncle Billy lost. And they do it for Jimmy Stewart’s character because they love him and they’ve always been there for him. And that’s sort of what we drafted off of for that idea. Originally, there was a little bit more to the beginning because Camp Coral was more of a linear construct. [The film] started in Camp Coral and then we kind of dissolved to 20 years later.

Part of what the impetus for the movie was… a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the show. But then COVID happened, so I guess we’re on the 21st (laughs). But that was why we wanted to make it kind of epic: celebrate the whole thing, see how they all met, see them all as kids. And we eventually put that into those testimonials that you mentioned instead of opening the movie that way. What happened was we ended-up having two first acts, which is never good. We had a whole Camp Coral thing and then you start the movie. It was a prologue that was too long. But it did set-up the “Wonderful Life” idea a little better. That tracks with what Frank Capra did. But it’s still there and still really strong.

JM: Yes. And this sequence is fantastic. You’re right that this story and these emotions are bigger than the show. They really work. For somebody who’s grown up with SpongeBob and has had SpongeBob as a part of his life for a long time, that sequence means a lot. And I’m sure Steven Hillenburg would’ve loved how this film turned out. How was it working with him before his passing on this particular project?

TH: The idea kind of sprung from his brain. They wanted to make a movie. They knew they had this goal of the anniversary of the show and Steve was still involved in the series. We would get together and meet and he had this idea based on a SpongeBob episode where Gary goes missing (“Where’s Gary?”) He ends-up in this crazy cat [snail] lady’s house. I think he always liked what that did for the character emotionally – the loss of a pet starting a story and driving it for the whole movie, which it does. We talked about that, and then we started talking about this skincare idea. Apparently parts of snails are used in some cosmetics.

JM: Yes, that’s explored deeply in the movie.

TH: If you didn’t know that, here it is! It also gave us an ecological theme about how we treat our fellow creatures. Steve was pretty big on that. That’s a big thing for him as he was a Marine Biologist. He graduated with that degree and he actually helped kids. I think he was involved in a program where he helped kids discover sea life down at the Marina. He was really into the ocean and keeping it from getting too far gone and spoiled.

JM: He was able to teach kids about undersea creatures and undersea life and then through the show teach them even more. You’ve had this and The War with Grandpa, which you also directed [basically] release back to back. Are you taking a little break or do you have another project lined up?

TH: I’m pretty much sitting at home, to be honest. I’m looking at stuff and taking meetings. But I don’t know if the world is really back in full force in development and making movies. I guess that’ll happen. It’s been pretty quiet since last January for me. So I’m ready!

JM: I’m ready: perfect SpongeBob phrase!

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From TV Line:

How SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run Willed Keanu Reeves to Appear — Plus, Kamp Koral Prequel Scoop

SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run stages the franchise’s most epic run-in yet when the film’s porous and absorbent lead finds much-needed spiritual guidance from a magical tumbleweed named Sage (played by Keanu Reeves), bringing two larger-than-life characters together on screen.

According to writer and director Tim Hill, who also penned the first SpongeBob Movie and served as a writer on the animated series, no one but Keanu was suited for the ethereal guest appearance.

“When I wrote the character, I kept having Keanu in my head so I never really had another person that we were thinking about. It was so lucky that he was like, ‘Sure, I’ll do that,’” Hill shares. “We made little Keanu drawings so long before he actually agreed, he was kind of in the movie. We had temp voices doing him and the momentum was too much.”

Sponge on the Run — which premieres Thursday, March 4 on Paramount+ (currently known as CBS All Access) — follows our titular hero and his best friend Patrick on a wild journey to Atlantic City to save Gary, who’s been snail-napped by the mighty King Poseidon. Their quest puts them in the path of many other colorful characters, including the Chancellor, who is voiced by actor and comedian Reggie Watts. This was a unique experience for the Late Show With James Corden house band leader, who is excited to see his character come alive on film.

SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN - Chancellor (voiced by Reggie Watts)

“It’s just crazy,” says Watts. “The thing about animation is you do the voice and you see maybe a picture of a character and then you just go away. It was cool to see what I did and how it contributes to the story. I wasn’t expecting it to be as wild as it was, actually.”

SpongeBob and Patrick’s adventure also includes a flashback to the Bikini Bottom bunch’s younger years, setting up the forthcoming series Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years (also set to stream on March 4). The 3D-animated series will follow the adolescent gang as they “build underwater campfires, catch wild jellyfish and swim in Lake Yuckymuck at the craziest camp in the kelp forest, Kamp Koral,” per the official description.

Hill reveals that the film began as an early idea for Kamp Koral before being consolidated into a flashback and then spun off into its own series. “It was never intended to launch a series,” he explains. “It was just something Nickelodeon picked up on and decided to do a whole thing on.”


With Kamp Koral set to explore the gang’s younger years, fans will get to see these familiar faces in a new light, while for the cast, it’s an opportunity to uncover interesting new tidbits about their characters. Just look at Carolyn Lawrence, who was intrigued to find out “that Sandy wasn’t always the smartest in the room” since that’s how the underwater squirrel usually views herself. Meanwhile Clancy Brown, who voices Mr. Krabs, joked that he was surprised to learn that “my daughter Pearl was once smaller than I was.”

Rodger Bumpass, who voices Squidward, is looking forward to the teal-tinted octopus flexing a bit more power in the prequel series. “I have my little room in the back and when I hear the insanity, I get to storm out like R. Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket. I get a little bit more authority than at the Krusty Krab, so that’s fun to do,” he says.

Meanwhile Bill Fagerbakke, who plays Patrick, is excited for fans to see the franchise’s signature earnestness shine through in Kamp Koral “because I think that’s important, especially for young children. I am always very appreciative of that kind of narrative when it manages to find its way into a story.”

Tom Kenny at Sponge on the Run premiere

It’s been nearly 22 years since SpongeBob SquarePants (created by the late Stephen Hillenburg) premiered on Nickelodeon, arriving at the turn of the millennium when dial-up internet was standard and rewatching episodes meant either waiting for the rerun to air or recording it on VHS. Tom Kenny, who voices the title character, reflects on the show’s two-decade history and how the process has changed amid a global pandemic.

“SpongeBob arrived just before the Internet became such a giant component. There was no streaming 20 years ago,” Kenny explains. “We [recorded] the same way where you go into a studio and we’re all standing around our microphones. We always record together, which is really fun, and obviously we can’t do that now. But  you try to be as real and do it as sincerely as you can, because I think people would smell it if we were phoning it in after 20 years.”

While he enjoys the “eight-second commute” to work, Bumpass says making the new film and series while apart from his costars has been difficult: “Us not being able to be together, to me, it does affect us a bit. We’re professional enough to do the characters, but not being there with people and interacting with my fellow actors in the same room is a little bit isolating — literally and figuratively.”

“You gotta push yourself a little harder to get that cojones-to-the-wall energy that just comes naturally when you’re standing in a room with everybody,” Kenny adds. “It’s more of an act of will to make it happen. It’s a different process, for sure.”

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More Nick: 'Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years' and 'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run' to Debut on Paramount+ on Thursday, March 4!

Originally published: Friday, June 12, 2020.

H/T: Anime Superhero Forum /@SweetShop209.

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Nickelodeon Reportedly Developing 'Yokai Samba' Animated Feature From Leo Matsuda

Nickelodeon is reportedly currently developing Yokai Samba, a brand new original animated created by animator Leo Matsuda!


Matsuda bring years of animation experience to the project and has worked on numerous animated films and TV shows. The animator began his career at Walt Disney Animation and worked on films such as Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Ralph Breaks the Internet, The Simpsons Movie and most recently Abominable for Dreamworks Animation. Matsuda’s directorial debut was the heartwarming short Inner Workings which premiered before the Disney hit Moana, and was shortlisted for the Oscars in 2017. Matsuda is set to co-direct New Line's upcoming animated/live-action hybrid Hello Kitty movie with Jennifer Coyle (Bob's Burgers).

Originally announced in April 2018, and originally set for Dreamworks Feature Animation Group, details about Yokai Samba “are under lock and key, but it is known to be inspired by a folk story he heard in his youth about growing up and has Brazilian and Japanese influences.” The development of the film at the time was being overseen by Dreamworks Feature Animation Group president Chris DeFaria and development exec Chris Kuser.


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Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for March 2, 2021 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for March 2, 2021 | Nickelodeon
Rugrats, provided to Creators Syndicate by Nickelodeon, based off the popular animated television series has been created for children and family's to laugh and enjoy together.

Follow these comics and their take on real episodes of the show and their own spin on hilarious adventures.

Read more Rugrats comic strips!: https://www.creators.com/features/rugrats

More Nick: First Look: Nickelodeon's All-New Animated 'Rugrats' Reunites Members of the Original Voice Cast to Reprise Roles!

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馃専 Know Your Stars: Get to Know Havan Flores, Nathan Janek, and More Nick Stars! | KCAs 2021

馃専 Know Your Stars: Get to Know Havan Flores, Nathan Janek, and More Nick Stars! | KCAs 2021


Who will win big at this year's Kids' Choice Awards? Get to know your Nick stars like Havan Flores from Danger Force, Nathan Janek from All That and Drama Club, Isaiah Crews from Side Hustle, and more! Watch the 2021 Kids' Choice Awards, hosted by Nickelodeon legend Kenan Thompson on Saturday, March 13th at 7:30/6:30c only on Nickelodeon! Vote for your favorites now at https://www.kidschoiceawards.com and on Twitter!

#KCA2021 #KnowYourStars #Nickelodeon


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My Vaping Mistake: How it affected my anxiety | AwesomenessTV

My Vaping Mistake: How it affected my anxiety | AwesomenessTV


These teens thought vaping would help ease their anxiety, but in reality, it made them feel so much worse.

This video is presented by The Real Cost.  If you think you could be addicted or know someone who might be, get help now: https://teen.smokefree.gov/quit-vaping

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Top 10 Celebrity Slime Moments at the Kids’ Choice Awards 馃挌 Nickelodeon UK

Top 10 Celebrity Slime Moments at the Kids’ Choice Awards 馃挌| Nickelodeon UK


It's Slime Time! Who will get slimed this year? Tune in to Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards 2021 this March, only on Nickelodeon! Check local airtimes here and keep voting for your favourites at kca.nick.tv!


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Nickelodeon to Premiere 'Group Chat' in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on Monday 8th March 2021

NICKELODEON GSA INVITES VIEWERS TO JOIN THE GROUP CHAT


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Europe - Nickelodeon is inviting viewers into the Group Chat with the brand-new virtually produced entertainment series, premiering Monday 8th March 2021 at 11:40 Uhr in Germany (Deutschland) and at 14:50 Uhr in Austria (脰sterreich) and Switzerland (Schweiz)!

The series is a video chat rundown of the week’s latest hot topics, taken directly from what kids love and are talking about across social media.

Following launch, new episodes of Group Chat will continue to air weekdays at 11:40 Uhr in Deutschland and at 14:50 Uhr in 脰sterreich and Schweiz.

Group Chat (15 episodes) is a new pop culture talk show. Each episode will also feature fan-favorite stars, as they talk about the hottest trend topics of the week based on what kids are currently discussing across social media, play games and compete in challenges--all via video chat.


The series is divided into two: Part one is hosted by Jules LeBlanc and Jayden Bartels, co-stars of Nickelodeon’s Side Hustle, with special appearances by Hayley LeBlanc (Mani). Part two is hosted by social media star Brent Rivera and Jayden Bartels.

Special guests include: Ben Simmons, Anna Cathcart, Alex Wassabi, Peyton List and Johnny Orlando, Iain Armitage (Young Sheldon), as well as cast members of The Kissing Booth 2 (Joel Courtney, Joey King, Maisie Richardson-Sellers and Taylor Zakhar Perez), Feel the Beat (Sofia Carson and Wolfgang Novogratz), and Hubie Halloween stars Lilimar (Bella and the Bulldogs, Knight Squad) and Paris Berelc, as well as Adam Sandler and Nickelodeon legend Kenan Thompson (All That, Good Burger, Kenan & Kel, SNL).

Fans can visit nick.de to find out more about their favourite Nickelodeon shows and watch video clips, including full-length episodes dubbed in German (Deutsch).

Fans can also Like the official Nickelodeon Facebook pages (DE | CH) and Instagram (DE) page and subscribe to Nickelodeon Deutschland's official YouTube channel for the latest Nickelodeon news and highlights.

Commissioned by Nickelodeon as part of the network's effort to keep kids and families entertained with new content during the on-going COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the first season of Group Chat debuted May 23 on Nickelodeon USA and ranked as the number-one unscripted live-action show on cable with kids 6-11 in the second quarter of 2020. The series was greenlit alongside Nickelodeon's Unfiltered.

Production of Group Chat for Nickelodeon is overseen by Ashley Kaplan, Senior Vice President, Digital Studios; Luke Wahl, Vice President, Digital Studios; and Paul J. Medford, Vice President, Unscripted Current Series. Brent Rivera also serves as executive producer on the second part of the series.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 41st year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location-based experiences, publishing and feature films. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC).

Originally published: Monday, February 1, 2021.

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Nickelodeon Israel Orders New Drama 'Ziggy'; to Premiere on TeenNick Israel on Sunday 15th November 2020

Nickelodeon in Israel has commissioned a new young-adult drama titled Ziggy from Tel Aviv-based global content production and distribution company ADD Content (The Missing, My Guardian Angel)!


Nickelodeon’s Ziggy

Created by Shahar Segall and Oren Yaakobi, Ziggy tells the story of 16-year-old Dori, a teenager with Vitiligo (a long-term skin condition characterised by patches of the skin losing their pigment) which has impacted his confidence so much that he hides from the world. In order to fulfil his secret dream of singing and performing on stage, he invents a charismatic and talented alter ego – Ziggy – a personality who can conquer bullies and shine through the mask he adopts as his signature costume. Dori/Ziggy will be played by newcomer, Amitai Erman, who also has Vitiligo. The show follows Dori’s journey of success and his battle to keep his true identity a secret, while he falls in love, makes friends, and discovers himself.

Nickelodeon, which is distributed by pay TV platform Hot, has commissioned 40 episodes of Ziggy, which will be produced and distributed internationally by ADD Content as a format and finished series. Emil Ben Shimon directs.

Update (17/1/21) - TeenNick Israel (讬ִ砖ְׂ专ָ讗ֵ诇) will start to premiere more brand new episodes of Ziggy (讝讬讙讬) very soon!

Update (1/11) - TeenNick Israel (讬ִ砖ְׂ专ָ讗ֵ诇) will premiere Ziggy (讝讬讙讬) on Sunday 15th November 2020!

Update (11/11) - Leading up to the premiere, TeenNick 讬ִ砖ְׂ专ָ讗ֵ诇 will digitally premiere the first episode on their YouTube channel on Thursday 12th November 2020!

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Hadas Mozes-Lichtenstein, co-Founder and Head of International at ADD Content said: “This show is a really important story in a time where we as a society, and particularly our teenagers, are more and more image conscious. We’re excited to bring this fun, relatable coming-of-age series to life on Nickelodeon and can’t wait to introduce the hugely talented Amitai to audiences.”

Orly Atlas-Katz, CEO of Ananey Communications Groups adds: “All of us here at Nickelodeon Hot, the leading channel for meaningful, quality children and teen’s content, are happy and honoured to be a part of this important and moving show. A story focusing on the triumph of the human spirit, the courage to be different and the importance of believing in yourself.”

More Nick: Nutz Productions Set to Shoot 'Sky', a New Adventure Tween Drama Series; to Air on TeenNick Israel!

Originally published: Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Sources: C21 Media, Se帽al News.
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Nickelodeon UK Ratings for Week of Monday 15th - Sunday 21st February 2021

Nickelodeon UK Network Ratings for week of Monday 15th - Sunday 21st February 2021.


Ratings were mostly up across the Nickelodeon UK Network this week compared to the previous week (Feb. 8-14), according to BARB data. 

Nickelodeon Total:

Nickelodeon Total:

1. HENRY DANGER (FRI 12:59) - 120,500
2. DANGER FORCE (FRI 12:00) - 110,500
3. HENRY DANGER (FRI 13:30) - 109,100
4. DANGER FORCE (FRI 12:31) - 106,000
5. THE THUNDERMANS (FRI 11:31) - 105,000
6. THE THUNDERMANS (FRI 11:00) - 102,000
7. JOJO'S FOLLOW YOUR D.R.E.A.M. (FRI 18:31) - 88,700
8. THE THUNDERMANS (THU 24:32) - 87,000
9. THE THUNDERMANS (THU 23:31) - 71,300
10. FILM: HORRID HENRY'S WILD WEEKEND (2020) (FRI 09:59) - 70,300
11. THE THUNDERMANS (THU 24:00) - 57,000
12. JOJO'S D.R.E.A.M CONCERT (FRI 17:31) - 55,600
13. HORRID HENRY (FRI 09:44) - 54,500
14. THE THUNDERMANS (MON 23:30) - 53,500
15. THE THUNDERMANS (MON 24:00) - 49,400

NickToons Total:

1. HORRID HENRY (TUE 17:45) - 107,100
2. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (FRI 13:00) - 97,700
3. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (FRI 12:45) - 85,700
4. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (FRI 13:15) - 76,700
5. HORRID HENRY (FRI 18:00) - 70,200
6. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (THU 15:00) - 68,800
7. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (TUE 11:15) - 65,300
8. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (THU 15:15) - 65,300
9. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (SAT 10:29) - 65,099
10. HORRID HENRY (FRI 17:45) - 64,400
11. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (TUE 14:15) - 63,600
12. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (TUE 11:00) - 59,900
13. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (TUE 14:00) - 59,300
14. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (TUE 14:30) - 57,300
15. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (TUE 10:00) - 56,300

Nick Jr. Total:

1. PEPPA PIG (MON 14:29) - 163,800
2. PEPPA PIG (TUE 06:35) - 151,500
3. PEPPA PIG (WED 14:34) - 142,100
4. PEPPA PIG (MON 14:19) - 136,000
5. SANTIAGO OF THE SEAS (MON 09:30) - 129,699
6. PEPPA PIG (MON 16:00) - 128,300
7. PEPPA PIG (THU 13:59) - 123,800
8. PEPPA PIG (SAT 20:30) - 121,100
9. PEPPA PIG (THU 14:04) - 120,900
10. PEPPA PIG (TUE 06:50) - 118,000
11. PAW PATROL (MON 08:30) - 117,900
12. PAW PATROL (WED 17:44) - 117,000
13. PEPPA PIG (THU 16:15) - 114,600
14. PEPPA PIG (WED 14:45) - 113,400
15. PEPPA PIG (THU 14:19) - 112,900

Nick Jr. Too:

1. PEPPA PIG (MON 19:45) - 167,500
2. PEPPA PIG (SUN 20:15) - 130,000
3. PEPPA PIG (THU 09:54) - 102,100
4. PEPPA PIG (THU 10:09) - 102,000
5. PEPPA PIG (SAT 08:39) - 99,500
6. PEPPA PIG (MON 19:40) - 98,100
7. PEPPA PIG (SAT 08:50) - 97,900
8. PEPPA PIG (SAT 08:29) - 95,400
9. PEPPA PIG (FRI 10:00) - 94,200
10. PEPPA PIG (THU 09:59) - 92,300
11. PEPPA PIG (SUN 20:10) - 91,000
12. PEPPA PIG (FRI 19:30) - 85,400
13. PAW PATROL (THU 10:44) - 82,400
14. PEPPA PIG (MON 19:10) - 80,400
15. PEPPA PIG (SAT 08:45) - 78,800

Note: Nick Jr. Too is listed as Nick Jr 2 on BARB.

Nickelodeon Network:

1. PEPPA PIG (MON 19:45) - Nick Jr 2 - 167,500
2. PEPPA PIG (MON 14:29) - Nick Jr Total - 163,800
3. PEPPA PIG (TUE 06:35) - Nick Jr Total - 151,500
4. PEPPA PIG (WED 14:34) - Nick Jr Total - 142,100
5. PEPPA PIG (MON 14:19) - Nick Jr Total - 136,000
6. PEPPA PIG (SUN 20:15) - Nick Jr 2 - 130,000
7. SANTIAGO OF THE SEAS (MON 09:30) - Nick Jr Total - 129,699
8. PEPPA PIG (MON 16:00) - Nick Jr Total - 128,300
9. PEPPA PIG (THU 13:59) - Nick Jr Total - 123,800
10. PEPPA PIG (SAT 20:30) - Nick Jr Total - 121,100
11. PEPPA PIG (THU 14:04) - Nick Jr Total - 120,900
12. HENRY DANGER (FRI 12:59) - Nickelodeon Total - 120,500
13. PEPPA PIG (TUE 06:50) - Nick Jr Total - 118,000
14. PAW PATROL (MON 08:30) - Nick Jr Total - 117,900
15. PAW PATROL (WED 17:44) - Nick Jr Total - 117,000

Ratings data provided by BARB.

Programmes of less than 5 minutes duration are excluded from these reports.

Linear TV viewing only; Data for viewing programming on PC/laptops, Tablets and Smartphones is currently unavailable.

Originally published: Tuesday, March 02, 2021
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'Kamp Koral' Voice Cast on Diving Into a New Era of 'SpongeBob'

After more than two decades, Nickelodeon is expanding the SpongeBob SquarePants universe with a CG spinoff: Kamp Koral. Sub-titled SpongeBob's Under Years, the prequel show shines a light on the denizens of Bikini Bottom when they first met at summer camp as children. Longtime fans were naturally wary of the new project (created by late series creator Stephen Hillenburg), a sentiment that was also felt by the actors who have lent their voices to the franchise since the very beginning.

Credit: Nickelodeon/Paramount+ ©2021, All Rights Reserved

"If you've been doing it for 20 years, every new thing that they wanna do, you always go, ‘Geez, I don't know,'" Carolyn Lawrence, the voice of Sandy Cheeks, told SYFY WIRE during a Zoom conversation with the entire cast. "And every single time, it just takes your breath away how awesome it turns out."

"I loved it when I saw it, but I was like, ‘Do we really need to mix the peanut butter and the jelly in the same jar? Do we really need that? Do we need to have Goober Grape on this show?'" Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob himself, admits.

On the other side of the spectrum, there's palpable excitement for a new era of SpongeBob animation. Roger Bumpass, who voices the clarinet-loving Squidward Tentacles, describes Kamp Koral as "very refreshing." He continues: "It's also more nuance in the characters' expression and, of course, their textures as you mentioned. I'm seeing little subtleties of acting and delivery that we didn't really have when it was 2D hand-drawn. It's like seeing the characters again, even though we've done it for 20 years and it gives us a little more fleshing out of who these characters are and how they act."


"I always appreciate whenever the extremely creative people that write the storyboards have an opportunity to express their incredible creativity and their humor," Bill Fagerbakke, who plays Patrick Star, adds. "There's stuff they can do with CGI that is just really surprising and delightful. We've had ADR [Automated Dialogue Replacement] sessions on Kamp Koral where I just can't stop laughing at what they're doing with the characters' expressions."

As Bumpass states above, the embracing of modern CG technology opens the door for a lot more detail in character designs. Given that Sandy is a mammal living under the ocean, Kamp Koral gave the animators a chance to really show off the dichotomy between her and the maritime natives.

"Our show has always been so visual and it's neat seeing it in a new way. I just think it's a really cool [thing]. Like seeing Sandy's fur is amazing to me. Those little things are phenomenal," Lawrence says.

"Every flea," Kenny jokes.

"Now you can see Squidward's skin tags. It's really detailed," Bumpass adds.

And since this is a bona fide prequel, the cast had to consciously de-age the voices they've been doing for over 20 years. Well, everyone, except Clancy Brown, who voices Kamp Koral director, Mr. Krabs — a single father raising baby Pearl.

"It's pretty much in the writing. I say that as the only adult in both series," he says. Well, that's not entirely accurate. Mrs. Puff (Mary Jo Catlett) and Plankton (Mr. Lawrence) are also employees of the camp, serving as the arts and crafts teacher and resident cook, respectively.

Credit: Nickelodeon/Paramount+ ©2021, All Rights Reserved

"There was something with Squidward because he's kind of a teenager in Kamp Koral. I was trying to incorporate him with his voice cracking. I haven't really done it yet," Bumpass reveals, going on to provide an example of a hormonal Squidward that prompts Lawrence to declare: "Emo Squidward."

"Like Clancy said, a lot of it is in the writing," Kenny explains. "Obviously, they're written as kids, so you play that when you're performing the script. But there is some subtle stuff that all these guys do in their acting that I assume is conscious or maybe it's unconscious. But yeah, they go to a different, younger read on the characters. It's definitely there."

If anything else, Kamp Koral is certainly proof that you can teach an old, salty sea dog new tricks — an adage that applies to the cast and animators.

"A lot of the people that are working on [Kamp Koral] are the people that have always worked on the SpongeBob mothership TV series," Kenny says. "They didn't really know from CGI, so the same way that we're having to learn all this new stuff, a lot of our producers and artists had to re-educate themselves after working in the 2D realm for 20 years on SpongeBob.

"Now, they've had to reeducate themselves and rewrite their brains, so I think, like Roger said, that's kind of refreshing to be forced out of your comfort zone," he continues. "Initially, it's kind of scary and terrifying, but once you master something new, you feel good about it. It's nice to feel good about something."

Speaking with SYFY WIRE last year, the seasoned voiceover artist remarked that cartoons "seem to be the pandemic-proof area of the entertainment industry," an opinion he reiterates during our new interview. "Here we are in this new pandemic world where we're all having to learn new tricks," he adds. "All these old dogs are having to learn new tricks. We're all recording at home. I never even owned a microphone before; I like going to studios where the guy running the board actually knows what he's doing."

Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years (Credit: Nickelodeon)

"I miss the studios because they had better food in their kitchens than I do," Bumpass says, half-jokingly.

As SYFY WIRE's short Zoom call winds down, the site asks the cast how the prequel series builds out the long-running SpongeBob mythos. The word "mythos" spurs Brown, a veteran of The Mandalorian's first season, to drop a cheeky Star Wars reference: "Kylo Ren has no place in Bikini Bottom. I'm gonna say that right now."

"It expands the universe. It expands everyone's experience of these characters," Bumpass continues. "Now you're given backstory — you see a little bit of the origins of how these characters go to be where they are in the classic version of our show. It's really just filling up that universe a little bit more and here again, I keep using the word refreshing to see this."

"It is fun that we can play characters for so many years and still find out new things about them," Lawrence says. "That's amazing, that we're still like, ‘Oh, she did that? Oh, that's why she does this? Oh, cool!'"

"Our job is the same," Kenny concludes. "No matter what the format of the show is or whatever the visual style of the show is, our job is to make those characters live and breathe vocally. You just gotta be the character and just do it. Be Mr. Krabs or be Squidward, which isn't as easy as it sounds. Really, our job has stayed the same, except for having to record it all from home when some of us are Luddite/technophobe/Amish cavemen."

Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years debuts on Paramount+ this coming Thursday, March 4. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, which ties directly into the new series, premieres the same day.

More Nick: 'Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years' and 'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run' to Debut on Paramount+ on Thursday, March 4!

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