SpongeBob SquarePants is an upcoming American animated television series created by Matt Chaudhary and Clay Hillenburg which is based on the 1999 Nickelodeon series of the same name. The series is produced by United Plankton Pictures and Paramount Animation.
The show is scheduled to premiere on MTV, The Bloo DeTour, and The Wrong Turn, because Ed-Olive Chadwick, Stephen Hillenburg, and the crew of the show wanted it to appeal more to adult audiences.
Like The Simpsons, South Park, Family Guy, Futurama, and Rick and Morty, SpongeBob SquarePants was designed for mature audiences and features violence, adult humor, profanity, running gags, and pop culture references.
Chaudhary himself serves as the producer of the show, along with Richard Appel. Matt Selman, known for his work on The Simpsons, serves as an executive producer.
The show follows SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Squidward Tentacles, Mr. Krabs, and Sandy Cheeks, along with other characters, in their silly, yet humorous and sometimes serious lives, day or night, rain or shine.
- Eric Bauza as SpongeRobert Semen "SpongeBob" SquarePants, the main protagonist of the show who is a yellow sea sponge, and resembles a kitchen sponge.
- Fred Tatasciore as Patrick Star, a pink starfish who lives under a rock and wears flowered swim trunks.
- Billy West as Squidward Tentacles, an octopus with a large nose who works as a cashier at the Krusty Krab.
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Mr. Krabs, an aged red crab who owns and operates the Krusty Krab restaurant where SpongeBob works. He is self-content, cunning, and obsessed with the value and essence of money.
- Seth MacFarlane as Plankton, the owner of the Chum Bucket, a restaurant located across the street from the Krusty Krab, which is unique in that it sells chum products, though chum is not edible in real life.
- Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy Cheeks, a squirrel from Texas who lives in an air-filled glass dome and wears a diving suit to breathe underwater.
- Nancy Cartwright as Mrs. Puff, a paranoid pufferfish who is SpongeBob's teacher at boating school, an underwater driver's education facility where students drive boats like cars. She puffs up when she is scared or injured.
- Christy Carlson Romano as Pearl Krabs, a teenage sperm whale and Mr. Krabs' daughter.
- Tom Kenny as Gary, SpongeBob's pet sea snail who lives with him in their pineapple home and vocalizes like a cat. Despite only communicating through meows, other characters can understand and talk to him.
Much like the original series, most one-off and background characters are voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, Sirena Irwin, Bob Joles, Mark Fite and Thomas F. Wilson. In addition to the series' regular cast, various celebrities from a wide range of professions have voiced guest characters and recurring roles.
In October 2018, Ed-Olive Chadwick started to show interest in rebooting the SpongeBob SquarePants series, because of the 3rd movie being released in 2020. He also said that it would continue the story of the original series and have a more cartoony setting to it.
Following Hillenburg's unexpected death in 2018, work on the remake was temporarily halted.
He sent his idea to Nickelodeon's email, and the channel replied with:
"If we were pitching your idea, it would be another season of the show. But because of you saying that it would have a more cartoony setting to it and that you are planning to reboot it, well... your idea has been greenlit. We will start working on the show in 2020."
In 2020, he went to Nickelodeon Animation Studio, and drew the characters in his art style. He also wrote some lines that only adults would understand. Because of this, he was told that it would work better as an adult cartoon. He then left Nickelodeon and pitched the idea to MTV, as its first animated series in a long time since Beavis and Butt-Head, and reminded that the idea had been greenlit.
MTV had accepted it as well, and thus, Chadwick hired United Plankton Pictures and Paramount Animation to produce the reboot. The show then began production 2 days later.
The show is expected to run through 2021 to 2025, with at least 4 seasons with 13 episodes each.
The show is animated by 7 animation studios from around the world. These consist of Film Roman, Rough Draft Korea, AKOM, Wang Film Productions, Toon City Animation, Yeson Entertainment, and Yearim Productions.
The title sequence is animated between Digital eMation (the first part) and TMS Entertainment (Tokyo Movie Shinsha) (the rest of the sequence).
Layouts for the show were designed at Bardel Entertainment.
The theme music is composed by Andy Sturmer, with it being similar to the stop-motion version of the SpongeBob SquarePants theme. Bleeding Fingers Music and Sturmer himself compose music for the show.
Theme song lyrics
Oh... we made it, we made it, to the Pacific Ocean
It did not disappoint us in the least
This is the most interesting ocean I ever did saw
So let's start in Bikini Bottom
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
He's a wonderful sponge, I can tell you that
Putting on his pants in 3 seconds flat
If marine nonsense is something you wish
Then drop on the desk and flop like a fish
SpongeBob SquarePants (Come on now!)
SpongeBob SquarePants (Everybody!)
Response and accolades
The reboot received positive to critical acclaim from fans of the show and MTV viewers. The show was praised for its writing, humor, animation, voice acting, and faithfulness to the original series. The success of the reboot led to a truckload of merchandise.
It has an 86% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The show won 20 Primetime Emmy Awards, 11 Annie Awards, and 5 Teen Choice Awards.
- The reboot payed homage to classic cartoons, with Hanna-Barbera sound effects and a lot of cartoony nature included in the show. This technique was combined with a realistic environment.
- The theme song was said to be more "wacky" than the original version.
- Despite the reboot airing, reruns of the original show still air on Nickelodeon.
- The first episode was dedicated to Stephen Hillenburg.