Nickelodeon will be treating attendees to the 2019 Annecy International Animated Film Festival a Sponge-Tastic early screening of the network’s upcoming SpongeBob SquarePants special “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout” in June 2019! The Annecy Intl. Animation Festival announced the lineup in Paris on Monday, April 15, 2019.

“SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout” is an all-new original mixed live-action and animated special commemorating the 20th anniversary of Stephen Hillenberg’s beloved animated series and characters. In the one-hour special, which will feature for the first time the celebrated voice talent behind SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Sandy, Squidward and Plankton playing live-action doppelgänger versions of the animated characters they voice, it’s SpongeBob’s birthday, and Patrick and SpongeBob journey to the surface world, where they come across a few familiar characters during lunchtime rush at The Trusty Slab restaurant. Meanwhile, the Bikini Bottom residents are busy setting up a surprise party for SpongeBob.

“SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout” will premiere on Nickelodeon on Friday, July 12 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT), and will kick off “Best Year Ever“, a year-long celebration of Nickelodeon’s beloved SpongeBob SquarePants animated series, which will lead up to the Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies theatrical, The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge, coming summer 2020.

“The tiny residents of Bikini Bottom have held the world’s attention for a remarkable 20 years and we owe it all to the monumental creator Stephen Hillenburg,” said Ramsey Naito, Executive Vice President (EVP), Animation Production and Development, Nickelodeon. “This anniversary special is a love letter to everyone in the universe of SpongeBob, from the fans across the globe to the incredible creative team, crew and talent who continue to bring these great characters to life.”

The special screening of “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout” will be part of the “Other Screening Events” portion of the festival. The date and time of the screening has yet to be announced.

Nickelodeon will also commemorate the series with: a new product line by master toy partner Alpha Group, featuring figures that showcase SpongeBob’s iconic meme moments; collaborations with lifestyle brand Cynthia Rowley for a SpongeBob wetsuit and international mixed-media artist Romero Britto; the launch of a mobile game; and more. Nickelodeon has also launched a dedicated SpongeBob SquarePants YouTube channel.

Running Monday, June 10 – Saturday, June 15, 2019 in a picturesque lakeside town in the French Alps, Annecy has grown year-on-year for near two decades, driven by the resurgence of animation worldwide.

Additionally, the Becca’s Bunch episode “Wishing Stone” has been shortlisted to take part in the official film selection at Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2019! In the episode, Pedro tells The Bunch he’s never had a wish come true. The Bunch can’t believe this, and Becca thinks she knows just how to solve it: go on an adventure to the Wishing Stone! Produced by Becca’s Bunch, Becca’s Bunch is a preschool series which airs on Nickelodeon channels globally. Congrats JAM!

Original title: Becca’s Bunch “Wishing Stone”
Directed by: Alan SHANNON, Conor FINNEGAN
Country: Ireland
Year of production: 2018
Running time: 11 min × 52 episodes

Technique
Category: TV serie
Techniques used: Puppets, 2D Computer, 3D Computer, Rotoscope
Process: Colour
Target public: Kids

Credits
Directed by: Alan SHANNON, Conor FINNEGAN
Production: John RICE, JAM MEDIA, Mark CUMBERTON

More Nick: Nickelodeon Marks 20 Years of “SpongeBob SquarePants” with the “Best Year Ever”!

Original source: Variety.


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