‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’ Trailer: SpongeBob vs. Antonio Banderas

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For Nickelodeon – the network that birthed such animated classics as Ren & Stimpy, Doug and Rugrats - their most popular and profitable star is a sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea. With a wildly successful television series (that’s still airing!), a feature film, and merchandising out the wazoo, Spongebob Squarepants is to Nickelodeon what Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny are to Disney and Warner Bros.

Series creator and marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg began developing SpongeBob Squarepants after the cancellation of his first series for the network, Rocko’s Modern Life. Premiering in 1999, the television series’ massive success led to a movie in 2004, aptly named The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie. The film was well-received by fans and critics, performed better than expected at the box office, and only further cemented SpongeBob’s claim as Nickelodeon’s reigning ‘toon.

Now, Spongebob, his best friend Patrick, and the rest of the undersea gang are returning in an all-new sequel – The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water – which finds SpongeBob leaving his world and entering our own. The first trailer for the film has been released. Check it out above.

SpongeBob Movie Sponge Out of Water Trailer The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Trailer: SpongeBob vs. Antonio Banderas

Much has changed for SpongeBob and his friends in their latest cinematic outing. The characters won’t only appear as their usual, 2-D animated selves, but after crossing over into our world will appear as the computer-generated models that have become the norm in animated feature films.

Fans will also see SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs and Plankton become superheroes thanks to a magical book that makes stories come true. Not only do their newly acquired powers help them do battle against the villainous Burger-Beard the Pirate (a ginger Antonio Banderas), but it makes them larger than life and perfectly tailored for capitalizing on our ever-growing obsession with superheroes.

Sponge Out of Water is a co-production between Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Animation, and it’s directed by Paul Tibbett and written by Stephen Hillenburg. All of the original voice actors from the SpongeBob Squarepants series are reprising their roles – Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, Carolyn Lawrence and Mr. Lawrence. Besides Bandaras and a quick cameo from Guns ‘N’ Roses guitarist, Slash (as seen in the trailer), no other live-action stars have been announced.

What do you make of SpongeBob’s latest big screen adventure? Is the sponge beginning to wear out his welcome, or are there still years ahead for the square little dude? Sound off in the comments below!

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water hits theaters on February 6th, 2015.

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  1. This looks pretty good…

  2. Looks great! Might actually go to see this.

  3. I’m so taking my son to see this next year.
    LOL @ Slash cameo

  4. thats one way to ruin spongebob!

    • How?

      • I’ve loved spongebob since I was a little kid, but I have to agree this looks terrible, even worse than all the episodes that came after 2004. I was excited when this was announced but all the clever humor of the show back in the day seems to have left. Hopefully I’m wrong, but this just doesn’t look anywhere near as funny as the old episodes or the first movie.

        • You’re nostalgia glasses are really thick. All of you! This is how the show was seasons 1-3, and this is how it should be. I’m glad Steve heard our cry and is finally coming back to write Spongebob episodes, and if you can’t see that as a good thing just because it isn’t the ones we grew up with… use your brains. I think this movie is gonna be great, the CGI is an interesting choice, and the humor seems to be intact. Consider this the series’ revival.

  5. I’ve been a huge SpongeBob fan for most of my life, but the show really has declined in quality since after Season 4, so I have low expectations for this, although Stephen Hillenberg being brought back to write is a plus in my book.

  6. Well, CGI Spongebob has officially made me uncomfortable.

  7. Banderas V SpongeBob: Dawn of…. Justice??

    Think that still fits here.

  8. I think it will be ok since the original writers are back. It did show some redeeming qualities. Also spongebob has only had about 22 episodes in over the last two year. About one airing a month kinda sad hopefully this movie can either give theshowna good farewell or revive it

  9. looks so half a**ed and boring. the VFX don’t fit and look way out of place (the models themselve look fine, just not fitting with the live action stuff).

  10. Wait… But I recall from the show that they can’t leave the ocean otherwise they’d become dry and immobile. And Spongebob becomes just a sponge…

    • Well, the article DID mention that there’s a book that can make stories real involved. Maybe they write in it and say they can breathe on land too? Also, I KINDA remember in the first movie that they were on the beach (where David Hasslehoff makes a cameo)for QUITE a while without appearing dried up. I dunno, just theorizing.

  11. Hey, anyone who hasn’t seen the Peanuts trailer should check it out. It looks pretty good.

  12. Trailer was pretty hit or miss for me. The show went from ok in season 4 to utter crap later on. I really hope this redeems the series, but I’m not so sure. The CGI characters look pretty cool though, and at least Patrick is kind of funny again. Please, PLEASE let this movie be good!

  13. Between the tarter sauce bomb and the canon ball falling on Patrick’s face, this kind of feels like SpongeBob again :)

    I feel like all of the comedy with the people is going to suck though…

  14. Getting stoned and total watching this yolo #swag Love thing 4 lyfe.

    • If you’re being serious and that’s how you actually talk, please leave this site, or better still the Internet

  15. It doesn’t matter what we think, The movie is still going to make a lot of money because it’s technically a kids film .

  16. Im totally gonna see this movie and i bet its gonna make a lot more money than the first like maybe either $700,000,000, $500,000,000 , $600,000,000 , $400,000,000 , or $800,000,000, thats just my opinion, but still it could happen

    • You seem to have no grasp of movie profit margins, well done!

      • hey man, hear me out please im just predicting on how much the spongebob movie will gross, and those are my guesses on how much it will gross, i mean it would be nice if it did went like $900,000,000 or $1,000,000,000 ,but thats still crazy, right i mean im sticking with my guesses for now.

        • but please think about this for a minute, it might be the last 2D aka traditional animated movie left to see on earth i mean we don’t get that kind of animation anymore, even though some of it’s in CGI, it might be the last hand drawn movie.

  17. The creator of Rocko’s Modern Life is Joe Murray, not Stephen Hillenburg.

  18. The first movie was really great. Funny, had the tone of the TV show, emotional (I admit when Spongebob and Patrick shrivel up I almost cried. ALMOST), and left a legacy that you remember the movie even today. Big shoes to fill for this movie, especially with how worse the newer episodes have been. However, this trailer looked good and, as much as I don’t like CGI cartoons, I really like the CGI animation for this movie.

  19. Hey! This actually looks pretty funny! lol Cant wait! I love a good kid movie now and then!