Teaser for SpongeBob’s Birthday Special Will Make You Want to Celebrate

The popularity of SpongeBob Squarepants can’t be denied, and he’s rightfully taken his place among pop culture characters who get lots of love. He first hit the scene in May 1999 and became an icon in the animated world, so much so that fans are getting ready to celebrate a milestone birthday for him.

This year, SpongeBob will be receiving his own birthday special on Nickelodeon to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the beloved show. Can you believe it’s been that long? Those of you who grew up watching the series won’t want to miss what happens with your favorite resident of Bikini Bottom. Trust us, this TV special is worthy of space on your calendar and DVR.

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What’s the gist of the SpongeBob birthday special?

Nickelodeon released a generously long trailer that lets us know SpongeBob won’t be stuck in his pineapple under the sea. Titled SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout, it looks like everything you’d want for your own b-day. There’s infighting about who’s running the show for his surprise party, with Squidward, Plankton, and Mrs. Puff all vying to take charge. There will also be endless starry-eyed looks from the goofy sponge and his pink, goofier bestie, Patrick. A glimpse at the fun trailer also promises censorship with hilarious dolphin sounds, which means one thing: foul language. Count me in!

But what has everyone lying in wait is that SpongeBob will be making a trip to the surface world, something’s that been done in the movies and a handful of times on the show. Patrick has to keep him busy while family and friends organize the surprise party back in Bikini Bottom.

It’s always a weird treat when they breach the ocean’s surface, but this time, we get to see the human counterparts for SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs, and some other familiar characters. SpongeBob’s voice actor, Tom Kenny, plays a fry cook named JimBob who has a job at a restaurant called “The Trusty Slab.” Things start out looking scary for the SpongeBob crew when they first encounter “beach giraffes,” but that’s all part of the adventure.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kenny spoke about the movie and called it a “heartwarming tribute” to the show’s creator, Stephen Hillenburg. Hillenburg passed away in November 2018.

The who, what, and where of the festivities

If you’ve watched any of the SpongeBob movies, then you know that SpongeBob and his friends are enamored with David Hasselhoff. Naturally, he’ll be making an appearance as well as Kel Mitchell, Jack Griffo of The Thundermans, and a host of other celebrities.

The big blowout is due to air on Nickelodeon on July 12 at 7 pm, two days before SpongeBob’s fictional birthdate of July 14. To get everyone into the spirit, Nickelodeon is making the week of July 8 all about SpongeBob. Cast and members of the show’s crew will also be present at this year’s Comic Con event in San Diego, ringing in the celebration with confetti and merchandise.  

Tune into Nickelodeon for all the SpongeBob Squarepants awesomeness that will be hitting the small screen to celebrate the character and Hillenburg. Future plans for SpongeBob? You can catch the SpongeBob Broadway play that’s set to tour this fall or simply wait until his third movie, The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge comes out in 2020.