The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is a film based on Nickelodeon's hit TV show SpongeBob SquarePants. In this movie, SpongeBob needs to go on a quest to discover a stolen recipe that takes him to our dimension, our world, where he tangles with a pirate (said by Tom Kenny).
The animated segments of the movie are set to be directed by Paul Tibbitt who, on October 11, 2012, confirmed the second movie's release and posted the concept logo on his Twitter account. He has further confirmed that this movie will have the same animation from the TV series and its predecessor. Like the first movie, this movie will feature live-action segments. These are directed by Mike Mitchell with scenes being shot in Savannah, Georgia and Tybee Island. Filming began on September 30, 2013 and lasted through November 5, 2013. Locations where the movie was being filmed were made to look like beach communities with new décor being introduced. Mitchell further revealed the movie would be a mix of 2D and CGI animation as well as Live-action segments.
On February 28, 2012, Stephen Hillenburg announced that there would be sequel to the previous movie.
On May 25, 2012, Stephen Hillenburg announced that he would be writing this movie.
On August 22, 2013, Paramount Pictures had changed the original 2014 release and moved to February 2015 instead.
On September 30, 2013, Live Action filming started in Savannah, Georgia.
On November 5, 2013, Live Action filming ended in Savannah, Georgia.
On January 27, 2014, when asked why the title of the film was changed from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2 to SpongeBob SquarePants 2, the series Creative Director Vincent Waller replied "There is NO official title yet."
On March 24, 2014, a preview of the movie was shown at the Cinemacon.
On April 5, 2014, Paul Tibbitt revealed the trailer for the movie will be released "soon."
On June 5, 2014, the film's release date was moved up one week to February 6, 2015 in order to avoid competition with Universal Studios Universal Pictures' Fifty Shades of Grey, which is set to premiere on February 13, 2015.
On June 10, 2014, the movie's name was revealed to be: "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water."
On July 25, 2014, at the San Diego Comic Con, Paramount Pictures released the first footage of the film.
On July 31, 2014, the movie's trailer was released:
On October 30, 2014, the movie's second trailer was released:
On November 3, 2014, a 55-second Japanese promo was released.
On December 11, 2014, a 15-second animated poster was released.
On December 16, 2014, another 15-second animated poster was released.
A TV spot advertisement was also released the same day.
On December 18, 2014, a second TV spot advertisement was released.
On December 19, 2014, a Christmas greeting was released.
On December 21, 2014, a sneek peek was shown during a marathon.
The regular series main cast members were reportedly returning to reprise their roles from the series and the previous 2004 film.
In August 2013, casting directors from Marty Siu Casting began casting calls for the background extras for the live action scenes. On September 21, 2013, it was reported that Spanish actor Antonio Banderas had been cast for a live action role as Burger-Beard the pirate. Banderas will also voice the character in the animated segments of the film.
The storyline of the movie entails SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, Sandy and Plankton going to find a stolen recipe which takes them to the real world. There they tangle with a pirate who possesses a book which makes what ever he writes in it come true. SpongeBob and co. manage to get hold of the book and turn into superheroes to fight the pirate.
Viacom president and CEO Philippe Dauman said on hollywoodreporter.com:
"We will be releasing a SpongeBob movie at the end of 2014, which will serve to start off or be one of our films that starts off our new animation effort" Of course, we now know the movie will be released on February 6, 2015 in the United States.
On July 11, 2013, it was announced that the film will start filming for the live action scenes in the Savannah area in Georgia in September, October and November 2013 for approximately 40 days. City of Savannah Film Services director Jay Self said "we are very excited to be working with Paramount [Pictures] on this project [...] We know from experience how valuable the investment and exposure generated by a project like this can be for our community."
The original score for the movie is being composed by John Debney.
San Diego Comic Con 2014
See here for highlights of the panel hosted by Tom Kenny.
Crucial details of the movie were revealed at the San Diego Comic Con 2014.
It can be inferred from the trailers that the traditionally-animated sequences of the film will use a mix of the character designs from Season 9 and first film, as well as the color scheme of the first movie.
This is the first SpongeBob film to make a meta-reference, poking fun at certain story elements and reality, as a fish says, "Alright, all secondary characters come with me."
This is the second time in the series that Squidward has produced ink. The first was in "Giant Squidward."
The two posters for the film, when both taglines are combined read "He's leaving his world behind; Making waves in our world."