‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Live Action Special Will Feature Voice Cast as Their Animated Characters

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Manager (Clancy Brown), Carol (Carol Lawrence), Robber (Mr. Lawrence), Patrick Star (Bill Fagerbakke), Manward (Roger Bumpass), and Patchy (Tom Kenny) in ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ (Photo: Robert Voets © 2019 Viacom, International)

Nickelodeon has special plans for SpongeBob’s birthday this year. SpongeBob SquarePants will venture into new territory with the one-hour special, “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout,” set to air on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 7pm ET/PT. The special will mark the first time the voice cast will appear as human versions of their animated characters.

The voices behind SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Sandy, Squidward, and Plankton will appear in the special as will guest star David Hasselhoff as himself.

“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. I got to interact with Tom Kenny and SpongeBob. It also was a heartwarming tribute to Steve Hillenburg. Happy 20th SpongeBob. Hooray!!”

“Steve Hillenburg gave me the gift of a lifetime when he asked me to voice his porous alter ego, SpongeBob SquarePants,” said voice actor Tom 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.”

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Patchy (Tom Kenny) and guest David Hasselhoff in ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ (Photo: Robert Voets © 2019 Viacom, International, Inc)

Details on “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout:”

In the episode, Patrick and SpongeBob journey to the surface world, where the duo come across a few familiar faces during lunchtime rush at The Trusty Slab restaurant. Meanwhile the Bikini Bottom residents set up a surprise birthday party for SpongeBob.

Donning his famous lifeguard attire, Hasselhoff guests as himself in the special, where he runs into a little trouble in an ocean kayak and on the beach. Hasselhoff also notably played himself in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. His return is a special nod to his original performance for fans around the world.