Monday, April 01, 2024

Nickelodeon Greenlights 'SpongeBob & You!', Original Puppet-Based 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Spinoff for Preschoolers, Slated to Premiere Spring 2025


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BURBANK, Calif.--April 1, 2024--Nickelodeon has given the official greenlight to SpongeBob & You! (working title), the third spinoff of the number-one animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. Produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio, SpongeBob & You! (13 episodes) is a new puppet-based curriculum-driven interactive preschool series that follows SpongeBob as he invites viewers to join him and his underwater pals on educational adventures around his hometown of Bikini Bottom. The series will debut early 2025 on Nickelodeon and Paramount+. Click here for a first-look.

SpongeBob & You! will feature a curriculum that infuses the core elements of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) and will also cover kindergarten readiness, including literacy, shape recognition and socio-emotional development. Segments will include nature with Patrick, mathematics with Mr. Krabs, science with Sandy, road safety with Mrs. Puff, the arts with Squidward, crafting with Plankton, computing with Karen, and more.

The series will also boast an original soundtrack designed to help children learn through song, and will help reinforce the idea that everyday can be the Best Day Ever when you learn something new.

A weekly SpongeBob & You! companion Podcast series will also launch with the series.

“Nickelodeon is diving even deeper into Bikini Bottom with SpongeBob & You!,” said Ramsey Naito, President, Nickelodeon Animation. “This third original spinoff allows us to expand our reach, tell new stories and introduce our youngest viewers to the undersea world SpongeBob SquarePants. It will also connect with the franchise's original audience around the world who continue to love these characters.”

Veteran SpongeBob voice actors Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy Cheeks) and Mr. Lawrence (Plankton) reprise their iconic roles in this new series.

SpongeBob & You! is produced by the team behind Pineapple Playhouse, a short-form series which recreated iconic moments from SpongeBob SquarePants using puppets.

Marc Ceccarelli (SpongeBob SquarePants), Vincent Waller (SpongeBob SquarePants) and Jennie Monica (SpongeBob SquarePants) are co-executive producers of the series.  SpongeBob & You! is developed for television by Claudia Spinelli, SVP of Animation Development, Nickelodeon, with production overseen by Kelley Gardner, Vice President, Current Series, Animation, Nickelodeon.

The greenlit is the third spin-off from Nickelodeon's beloved animated series, SpongeBob SquarePants, which is celebrating its landmark 25th anniversary this year, and follows the first-ever SpongeBob SquarePants spinoff, the Paramount+ Original series Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years, and The Patrick Star Show, which will follow SpongeBob's best friend Patrick Star as a young adult.

SpongeBob & You! is part of Nickelodeon’s strategy to be the home of the biggest franchises kids and families love, and it expands Nickelodeon’s growing portfolio of influential properties that already includes SpongeBob SquarePants, PAW Patrol, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Smurfs partnership, Monster High, and Transformers co-production.

Since its launch July 17, 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has reigned as the most-watched animated series for 22 consecutive 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. SpongeBob SquarePants is one of the most widely distributed properties in Paramount Global history, seen in more than 180 markets, translated in 30+ languages, and averaging more than 90 million total viewers every quarter. SpongeBob SquarePants was created by Stephen Hillenburg and produced by Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif.  The character-driven cartoon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurable optimist and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends.

Nickelodeon, now in its 45th 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 Nickelodeon is a part of Paramount’s (Nasdaq: PARA, PARAA) global portfolio of multimedia entertainment brands.

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