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Netflix Announces ‘Plankton: The Movie’ Set in the ‘SpongeBob’ Universe

Netflix is further expanding into the SpongeBob SquarePants universe with Plankton: The Movie. The upcoming project was announced during the streamer’s Next on Netflix Animation presentation for press.

Plankton: The Movie

The movie is set to debut in 2025. “Plankton’s world is flipped upside down when his plan for world domination is thwarted,” a logline for the film reads.

Plankton: The Movie is directed by Dave Needham with Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller serving as executive producers. The story is by Plankton voice-actor Mr. Lawrence who also wrote the screenplay alongside Kaz and Chris Viscardi. The movie is based on the original Nickelodeon series SpongeBob SquarePants, which was created by Stephen Hillenburg.

The movie will star Mr. Lawrence (Plankton), Jill Talley (Karen), Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy Cheeks), Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs) and Rodger Bumpass (Squidward).

Plankton: The Movie – 2025

Plankton’s world is flipped upside down when his plan for world domination is thwarted. 

  • Director: Dave Needham
  • Executive producers: Marc Ceccarelli, Vincent Waller
  • Story by: Mr. Lawrence
  • Screenplay by: Mr. Lawrence & Kaz and Mr. Lawrence & Chris Viscardi. Based on the series SpongeBob SquarePants created by Stephen Hillenburg.
  •  Voice cast: Mr. Lawrence, Jill Talley, Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass
  • Music by: Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper
  • Music supervisors: Karyn Rachtman, Otis Ratchman
  • Original songs by: Bret McKenzie, Linda Perry, Mark Mothersbaugh & Bob Mothersbaugh

This is the second SpongeBob project coming to Netflix after Saving Bikini Bottom: The Sandy Cheeks Movie, which will premiere on Aug. 2. When all the denizens of Bikini Bottom are suddenly scooped from the ocean, it’s up to SpongeBob and Sandy to travel to Texas and save their home from a villainous plot.

The news comes as SpongeBob SquarePants is celebrating its milestone 25th anniversary. In addition to Plankton: The Movie, Paramount is slated to release The SpongeBob Movie: Search for SquarePants in theaters on December 19, 2025.

Over the past few years, Netflix has released several Nickelodeon movies exclusively based on established Nick IP, including The Casagrandes Movie, but other movies included Invader Zim: Enter the FLORPUS, The Loud House Movie, Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling, and Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie. Netflix also acquired the international rights to The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run midway through the pandemic. Netflix also released the SpongeBob game SpongeBob: SquarePants Get Cooking! to its 50+ strong arsenal of mobile game titles. The game developed by iLLOGIKA.

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Originally published: June 06, 2024 at 23:41 BST.

Sources: TheWrapAnimation Magazine; H/T: Special thanks to @KeydalisColo for the news!

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