Are your kids (or perhaps yourself) SpongeBob SquarePants fans?
Have you heard about the "Shellabration" that will take place next weekend in honour of this quirky cartoon?
The talking Sponge and his crazy underworld adventures became an unlikely pop culture phenomenon over 14 years ago with the cartoon being an immediate hit with the kids, emerging as the most-watched animated program with kids 2-11 for more than 12 consecutive years.
Over the past several years, it has averaged more than 100,000,000 total viewers every quarter across all of Nickelodeon networks. A testament to its popularity, SpongeBob is seen in over 170 countries and translated in more than 35 languages.
Join VOX Daily to learn more about the event and a few interesting factoids around the iconic Nickelodeon character.
"SpongeBob SquarePants is one of the most iconic characters of our generation and is beloved by fans around the world," said Pam Kaufman, Chief Marketing Officer, Nickelodeon Group. "We are thrilled to be partnering with Universal Studios Hollywood to give the fans an amazing, one-of-a-kind SpongeBob SquarePants experience."
With top-notch writers, animators and voice actors Universal Studios Hollywood is throwing a party in honour of this loveable character. The first-ever SpongeBob SquarePants Shellabration will take place in Los Angeles, California on September 7th and 8th from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm.
Visitors will be able to...
- Watch a live script read of a SpongeBob SquarePants episode featuring the voice talents of Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs), Mr. Lawrence (Plankton), and Rodger Bumpass (Squidward).
- Collect autograph stamps and take photos with the full cast of costumed characters, including SpongeBob, Patrick, Pearl, Sandy, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, Mrs. Puff.
- Screen the winning and other exclusive submissions from the inaugural SpongeBob SquareShorts competition; a global competition that encouraged SpongeBob fans to create and submit original tribute films, across all genres.
- Visit the "Bikini Bottom Gallery" art exhibit of fan-created SpongeBob inspired art curated by Gallery Nucleus. Some of the art was featured in the gallery's "Nautical Nonsense: A Tribute to SpongeBob SquarePants," which ran from July 27-August 11.
- See the new Toyota Highlander SpongeBob concept car, which will be making a pit stop at the Shellabration, following a cross country road trip. For more information on where you can see the SpongeBob concept car this summer visitwww.nick.com/highlander.
- Sing along at a live musical performance featuring Tom Kenny and the High Seas performing live from the Universal Plaza Stage.
- Play along with fellow fans at "SpongeBob's FAN-Tastic Trivia Party," where players can test their knowledge of all things Bikini Bottom for a chance to win exclusive prizes.
- Receive a free mini-poster that features all of the characters from Bikini Bottom (limited quantity, while supplies last).
- Enjoy face painting, character drawings and a SpongeBob Skill Crane.
The SpongeBob SquarePants show has been nominated for numerous awards including 20 Annie Awards and 11 Emmy Awards, pulling in six Annie wins and one Emmy. The show has also received 6 Golden Reel Awards and 11 Kids Choice Awards.
Fun SpongeBob facts
- In 2007 Barack Obama told TV Guide that SpongeBob was his favorite character saying he often watched the show with his daughters.
- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has also said he watch the show with his children.
- In July 2009, the Madame Tussauds wax museum in New York launched a wax sculpture of SpongeBob in celebration of the series' tenth anniversary. SpongeBob is the first fictional character to be featured in Tussauds.
- In 2011 a newly described species of mushroom was named after SpongeBob, calling it called Spongiforma squarepantsii.
- In February of 2013 a clip featuring Russian soldiers singing the SpongeBob SquarePants theme song while they marched was posted to YouTube. The video garnered 50,000 hits in the first week.
What is your favorite SpongeBob moment?
All the best,
, Los Angeles
, New York
, Universal Studios Hollywood
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