SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star to Host 2024 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards

SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star will host the 2024 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards as the kickoff to a 25th-anniversary celebration of the animated show.

Nickelodeon says this is the first time that animated characters have hosted a full-length awards show. SpongeBob SquarePants is voiced by Tom Kenny, and Patrick Star is voiced by Bill Fagerbakke, and the characters will host from their undersea home, Bikini Bottom.

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The 2024 Kids’ Choice Awards will be handed out in a live telecast airing at 8 p.m. ET/PT on July 13, which is just a few days ahead of the date of SpongeBob SquarePants’ 25th anniversary (it premiered on July 17, 1999). The awards show “will take place in an animated setting through enhanced graphics and advanced augmented reality” and will also air on TeenNick, Nicktoons and Nick Jr. Awards will be handed out across several genres, including film, television, music and sports. Nickelodeon said that the 2024 nominees and presenters will be announced soon.

SpongeBob SquarePants combines creator Stephen Hillenburg’s love of the ocean with his passion for animation and love of quirky character comedy,” Kenny said. “From its first splash, SpongeBob has resonated with people of all ages, and I’m truly grateful to celebrate 25 years of positivity, optimism and nautical nonsense. Our entire cast and crew look forward to celebrating SpongeBob’s Silver Jubilee with our friends and fans across the globe!”

Added Fagerbakke: “When I first saw the pilot episode ‘Help Wanted’ in 1998, I was thrilled. I felt flushed with a childlike joy. This celebration of creativity, uniquely layered humor and playful delight have characterized SpongeBob SquarePants for the past 25 years. To portray Patrick, who still makes me laugh, amidst my stellar castmates and brilliant creative team is a gift beyond measure.”

To celebrate the show’s anniversary, Nickelodeon is planning several multiplatform initiatives, including new episodes of the show debuting in July; a movie focusing on the character of Sandy Cheeks, debuting on Netflix in August; limited-edition consumer products in partnership with the likes of Funko, Crocs, Loungefly and more; a SpongeBob simulator on Roblox; new shortform originals debuting on YouTube; and in-person experiences at San Diego Comic-Con, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Circus Circus Las Vegas and more locations around the world.

Watch a teaser for the 2024 Kids’ Choice Awards below.

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