SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run and Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years Cast Interview.
Thank you Nickelodeon for inviting me to the virtual press junket of THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN.
THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN begins with our beloved character coming across a huge problem: SpongeBob pet sea snail, Gary, has been stolen by the vain King Poseidon (Matt Berry) for use in his daily skincare routine! So starts our shenanigans with SpongeBob and his pals. Get ready to laugh, since this is the third planned big-screen for our beloved character, they’ve nailed the formula down and it’s smashing!
At our round table were Carolyn Lawrence, Clancy Brown, Bill Fagerbakke, Tom Kenny and
Rodger Bumpass. Here are some highlights of our Q&A.
Q: What would you like your audience to learn from your beloved character?
A: She’s is somewhat of a tomboy. She’s very bright, being a scientist. She’s a very high achiever with her karate and everything else. She’s certainly not someone who needs to be saved. I think that’s why she’s so fun to play. She’s exceptionally capable. I love that about her. I think that’s why the girls like her too. They like seeing a female character who can do anything and takes great pride in her friendships and taking care of other people. If anybody’s in peril, she’s always going to be able to go and handle it.
Q: Would you share a few of the talents that will be part of the SpongeBob family franchise?
A: THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN features a score by Hans Zimmer and original songs by Ali Dee. The film will also be featuring the voices of Awkwafina, Keanu Reeves, SnoopDog, Danny Trejo, Reggie Watts and more. In addition, pop star legend Cyndi Lauper and co-writer Rob Hyman are worked on original songs for the film!
Q: Do you see our beloved SpongeBob world expanding?
A: The aquatic world is expanding much faster than we may expect. “One great thing about the Spongebob ‘ocean’ is there’s all these little zones within that ocean where you can go. We’ve got the Patrick show, Kamp Koral, and then we’re going to start seeing standalone hour-long films about some of the some of the other characters on the show.”
Tom Kenny (Iconic voice behind Spongebob)
Q: How do you see our SpongeBob world expanding?
A: “It’s a whole world, and it just keeps on chugging along. We’re thrilled!” This means our beloved characters will expand their roles, whether that be on-screen with their character or Mr. Kenny responsibilities behind the camera.
Q: For two decades you’ve played our beloved Squidward Tentacles, tell us more about your amazing collection of Squidward.
A: “About a year or two within the run, I started to notice that the show was really popular. I used to go down to Target and see [them] everywhere — the toy aisle, the greeting-card aisle, the party aisle, the bedroom aisle, the bathroom aisle and even the automotive aisle.” Mr. Bumpass has more than 2,000 pieces of memorabilia, which he keeps in built-in glass display cases in his living room. You feel so grateful that you can be a part of something that has a legacy like that.”
Paramount+, the highly anticipated streaming service from ViacomCBS, today announced that both THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN and all-new Paramount+ Original Series KAMP KORAL: SPONGEBOB’S UNDER YEARS will premiere on the service on Thursday, March 4.
Allow me to introduce you to our amazing cast in SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run and Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years!
Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years is a SpongeBob SquarePants prequel that will depict SpongeBob and friends’ life under the sea before they were “adults.” The series will find a 10-year-old SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, and others building underwater campfires, catching wild jellyfish, and swimming in Lake Yuckymuck at the camp.
Kamp Koral will be available on Paramount + streaming service. The first six episodes of Kamp Koral will be available on Paramount+ on Thursday, March 4! I have additional epic news, SpongeBob film, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, will be available on Paramount+ the same day, woohoo!
TOM KENNY (SpongeBob SquarePants)
Tom Kenny voices the lead role of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” an incredibly optimistic sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea, in Nickelodeon’s iconic hit TV show SpongeBob SquarePants, as well as in the SpongeBob feature film franchise, and in the original series Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years. In addition to voicing Gary the Snail & The French Narrator, Kenny also serves as voice director on both TV series.
Familiar to Nickelodeon viewers as the voice of “Heffer” on the classic ‘90s Nicktoon Rocko’s Modern Life, and “Dog“ of Catdog, Kenny received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program in 2018 and again in 2020 for his role as “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
Heard in commercials, video games and movies, Kenny’s hundreds of voiceover credits include major roles in Adventure Time, Futurama, Rick and Morty, Paradise PD, Winnie the Pooh, The Powerpuff Girls, Final Space, Spyro the Dragon, and in the Transformers film series.
Onscreen, Kenny was a regular cast member of HBO’s critically acclaimed sketch program Mr. Show with Bob and David, and starred alongside his wife Jill Talley (known to SpongeBob fans as Karen the Computer), in Smashing Pumpkins‘ award-winning music video “Tonight, Tonight”.
Kenny and co-writer Andy Paley wrote the song “Best Day Ever.“ featured in the hit theatrical production SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical. The show received the 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award for “Outstanding New Score,” and the 2018 Tony Award nomination for “Best Original Score.”
Kenny’s elastic voice and energetic stage presence can be seen to full advantage in his high-octane 12- piece rocknsoul band “Tom Kenny & the Hi-Seas.”
BILL FAGERBAKKE (Patrick Star)
Bill Fagerbakke voices “Patrick Star,” SpongeBob's best friend, in Nickelodeon’s iconic hit series SpongeBob SquarePants. Fagerbakke gives voice to the character throughout the SpongeBob feature film franchise, as well as in the original series Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years and the highly anticipated original series The Patrick Star Show.
Fagerbakke is best known for his portrayal of "Dauber" in long-running comedy series Coach. In 2014, he concluded a series-long recurring as Jason Segal’s dad in How I Met Your Mother. He was most recently seen on Netflix’s critically acclaimed true-crime dramatic mini-series, Unbelievable. Other recent television credits include a recurring role on Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here and guest starring roles on BLACKISH and MOM.
Additionally, Bill recurred on the hit series Heroes and Oz. In 2011, Fagerbakke appeared in the Academy Award® winning film The Artist. His other feature film credits include roles in Funny Farm, Loose Cannons, The Secret of My Success, The Baby Makers and Halloween 2. In addition to his animation and on-camera roles, Fagerbakke spent time in NY in various Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. His distinctive voice has also been heard in Disney’s animated feature film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the television cartoon series Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, All Hail King Julien, Transformers, Handy Manny, Dumb and Dumber, Gargoyles and many others.
RODGER BUMPASS (Squidward)
Rodger Bumpass voices “Squidward Tentacles,” an aloof cashier of The Krusty Krab and SpongeBob’s neighbor, in Nickelodeon’s iconic hit series SpongeBob SquarePants. Bumpass also lends his voice as the character throughout the SpongeBob feature film franchise and in the original series Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years.
In addition to playing the irritable “Squidward” on SpongeBob SquarePants, Bumpass has had a prolific voice acting career in animated television series and movies, including Ice Age: The Meltdown, Teen Titans, A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., Monsters University, Cars and cult hits Invader Zim and Heavy Metal. Earning an Emmy Award nomination for his work on SpongeBob SquarePants, Bumpass has also had a number of on-camera roles in both television and film, and has worked with improvisational groups Second City and National Lampoon.
CLANCY BROWN (Mr. Krabs)
Clancy Brown voices the role of “Mr. Krabs,” SpongeBob's boss and greedy owner of The Krusty Krab, in Nickelodeon’s iconic hit series SpongeBob SquarePants. He also voices the character throughout the SpongeBob feature film franchise and in the original series Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years.
Brown began his acting career in Chicago theater and continued to perform on stage locally until he won the role of Viking, a nasty prison inmate, in the 1983 feature film Bad Boys starring Sean Penn. He has gone on to star in many motion pictures; among them is the multiple Oscar® nominated film The Shawshank Redemption, as well as Chappaquiddick, Thor: Ragnarok, Cowboys and Aliens, The Guardian, Starship Troopers, Blue Steel, Shoot to Kill, Extreme Prejudice, and the cult classic Highlander.
Some of Brown’s television credits include HBO’s Emmy® award-winning series Carnivale, the NBC series Earth 2, the Emmy® nominated HBO movie Normal, as well as major recurring roles on Billions, The Goldbergs, Chicago P.D., Sleepy Hollow, and ER.
Along with voicing “Mr. Krabs” for 22 years, Brown’s prolific career as a voice actor includes the fan-favorite in the DC Animation Universe Lex Luthor and the inimitable Detective Hank Anderson in Quantic Dream’s popular game Detroit: Become Human. The hit game surpasses 5 million copies sold and counting.
Brown most recently starred as Mortician Montgomery Dark in the feature film The Mortuary Collection. The film has become the most watched original new film of 2020 on Shudder. Other recent appearances include the series regular role of Ed on ABC's Emergence, as well as guest-starring as LBJ on the hit Netflix series The Crown and as Burg in Chapter 6 of the new Star Wars series The Mandalorian.
Brown currently appears in the critically acclaimed and Golden Globe nominated film Promising Young Woman as Carey Mulligan's father, Stanley Thomas, and has begun filming of Showtime’s Dexter revival in what is sure to be another memorable role.
CAROLYN LAWRENCE (Sandy Cheeks)
Carolyn Lawrence voices the role of “Sandy Cheeks,” Bikini Bottom's only resident rodent aquanaut and scientist, in Nickelodeon’s iconic hit series SpongeBob SquarePants. Lawrence also voices the character throughout the SpongeBob feature film franchise and in the original series Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years.
“A happy life is one with purpose” is a motto Lawrence lives by and has helped lead her to a successful career as a dancer, actress, voiceover talent and real estate professional. An early graduate, Lawrence moved to Illinois to join the highly acclaimed Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago and soon landed her first voiceover gig as the talking stuffed toy Snoozie. She is the voice behind some of television’s most popular animated characters, including The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius’ “Cindy Vortex” and the lovable Orel in “Moral Orel.” A highlight of her voice work as “Sandy Cheeks” in the SpongeBob SquarePants theatrical films is hearing the “Sandy Squirrel” song by Pharrell Williams in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
Throughout all of her career successes, Lawrence’s greatest purpose has been to raise her two beautiful children and foster community wherever she goes.