SpongeBob SquarePants, the loveable cartoon character who lives in a pineapple under the sea, is about to turn twenty years old! It's hard to believe but the beloved characters of Bikini Bottom have been gracing television sets for twenty years this summer, and to celebrate Nickelodeon is releasing a mixed live-action / animated special and even bringing back one very special guest star.
Premiering on Friday, July 12, at 7 pm, “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout” will showcase the SpongeBob SquarePants animated characters everyone knows and loves but will also feature the all-star voice cast as they play human versions of those animated characters!
The mixed live-action and animated special also features one celebrity guest star that SpongeBob fans will love — David Hasselhoff! Hasselhoff first appeared in the SpongeBob universe when he portrayed himself in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 15 years ago! Once again donning his signature red lifeguard uniform Hasselhoff says he was thrilled to return to the world of SpongeBob Squarepants.
"I experienced the world of SpongeBob first-hand when I appeared in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, which was an amazing experience,” said Hasselhoff. “After making that cameo, kids around the world recognized me from the movie. How awesome to now come back to be part of the 20th-anniversary special."
The 20th-anniversary episode sees Patrick and SpongeBob travel to the land obove the sea where they visit The Trusty Slab restaurant, the surface world version of the Krusty Krab while the residents of Bikini Bottom are busy preparing for a surprise birthday party for SpongeBob.
Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob himself as well as other characters in the hit animated series, commented on how this 20th anniversary special is a tribute to Steve Hillenburg, the creator of the series who passed away last year.
“Steve Hillenburg gave me the gift of a lifetime when he asked me to voice his porous alter ego, SpongeBob SquarePants.” Said Kenny. “He changed my life and all of our lives. To reach the 20-year mark is a huge milestone and we wanted to celebrate by throwing a big party Bikini Bottom style. SpongeBob only comes up to the surface world on special occasions and this time one stop on his journey is The Trusty Slab restaurant. Stepping on the set and acting alongside my friends and fellow cast members was a true out of body experience. Fans are truly going to love it.”
Hasselhoff was also thrilled to be asked to return and couldn't help but comment on how special a moment this episode really is. "I got to interact with Tom Kenny and SpongeBob. It also was a heartwarming tribute to Steve Hillenburg. Happy 20th SpongeBob. Hooray!!"
SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout features the voice talents of Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick Star, Rodger Bumpass as Squidward, Clancy Brown as Mr. Krabs, Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy Cheeks, and Mr. Lawrence as Plankton and will also feature Kel Mitchell, Jack Griffo, and Daniella Perkins. The original animated series premiered on July 17, 1999.
You can catch SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout on Nickelodeon on Friday, July 12, at 7 pm.