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First Look: SpongeBob CGI Superhero Feature ‘Sponge Out of Water’

While we’ve known for quite a while that the new SpongeBob SquarePants film would have computer-animation in it, the first image from SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water was revealed today. The film, which will debut on February 6, 2015, will be the first release from the new Paramount Animation unit.

Sponge Out of Water begins in the traditional animation world and stays in that classic world for most of the film, but for its climax, it switches to a CG world, where the main characters become an “Avengers-type team” who have to save Bikini Bottom from Antonio Banderas, who portrays a pirate: SpongeBob transforms into the Invincibubble, Patrick Star is Mr. Superawesomeness, Squidward Tentacles becomes Sour Note and Mr. Krabs is Sir Pinch-A-Lot.

A note to Comic-Con attendees: Paramount is expected to reveal footage from the film at their 3PM panel TODAY in Hall H. Share what you see with us.

  • why is this CG? Seriously! This would look ten times better and cost ten times less in 2D.

    Not ragging on 3D animation, just some designs work better in the medium than others.

    • Roberto Severino

      A lot of it’s still going to be 2D thankfully!

    • KW

      Im thinking the switching to 3D part is likely more in line with a joke than anything. Even if it is a large chunk of the film. Like how the first Spongebob movie had some live action segments.

      • Josh Moore

        Read what the article said. The characters are going to be hand drawn in first 2 thirds of the movie and the final third is going to involve them being CG in the live action world.

        • KW

          Like I said some sort of joke even if it is a large portion of the film. Like a running gag.

    • Kyle_Maloney

      Well, they’ve done hand drawn, they’ve done stop motion, I can see them wanting to give CGI a shot. Its the last medium to try assuming they skip live action. At this point I wouldn’t put that past them.

      • StephaneDumas

        One positive point about skipping live-action; we avoid the mess of the FOP live-action movies with the 3rd movie titled “Fairly Odd Summer”. Butch Hartman could learn some tips from the live-action Asterix movies. ;-)

        • Kirby

          I recall Avatar the last air bender had their very own live action movie. Apparently it’s not all that great.

          • kuzronk

            Made by M night out of all people.

        • Reefer

          Fairly Odd Parents has become pitiable. It’s unwatchable even for kids now, as its low ratings prove. It’s nothing but animated noise. It needs the kind of reboot the Ponies got – someone with taste and ambition and talent needs to take it over, rework the premise, make the characters lovable again. And that someone isn’t Butch Hartman.

          • Roberto Severino

            Am I the only person who thinks FOP was never that good to begin with? I mean the earlier seasons were more tolerable than it is now but I just don’t find it that funny now anyway and it’s obviously been plagued by gimmick characters like Sparky. Blech!

          • OdysseyTag

            Not at all – A show about a boy who repetitively makes the same or similar mistakes episode after episode only to learn his lesson and turn things back to normal somewhere in between might be enjoyable to watch for its intended audience, but it was more than a headache for me personally.

          • Barrett

            I never watched enough episodes for the pattern to become obvious, but when I would see FOP now and then, it was rather amusing to me. I thought the whole thing with Crocker trying to prove Fairies were real and just being seen as a crank was kind of fun. I suppose if I had seen more than 10 or 15 episodes it would have gotten old.

    • Brandon V. Fletcher

      I have a feeling this will mock the idea of CG more so than doing it for CG sake

      • Looking at the real life background, I’m guessing this movie will start out in 2D animation and then when they leave the ocean for the real world, it will be 3D characters composited in to live-action alongside human beings.

        Still, idk, even if it looks out of place that kind of thing would be funnier in 2D

        • Brandon V. Fletcher

          Does live action puppet look out of place? Thats how its usually done. They always look different when they are out of the water

          • Ronnie

            Not in the last movie- They were 2D out of water, until they ‘died’.

    • loofah

      3D is actually cheaper bro

      • megadrivesonic

        No it isnt, can you prove its cheaper then say princess and the frog?

    • Ryoku240

      “Sponge Out of Water begins in the traditional animation world and stays in that classic world for most of the film, but for its climax, it switches to a CG world”

      Maybe 5% of it is CG.

    • James VanDam

      No worries there. Some things look better in 3d and some look better in 2d. The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour showcased that very well.

      • Barrett

        Oh Jesus, that thing. 3D Timmy & fairies looked terrible, while 2D Jimmy Neutron and his pals finally looked decent when turned into Butch Hartman-style drawings. God, that 3D stuff from DNA looked terrible.

  • jhalpernkitcat

    They look like a mixture between a video game, and action figures.

    In other news, Patrick, please put a shirt on!

    • Joseph Patrick

      (Imitating Patrick)

      …I’m going to the snack bar!

  • megadrivesonic

    dang it, they lied again, it was supposed to be completely 2d animated, why did they suddenly bring this into it? Lets hope 3d is the dominant medium here.

    • Barrett

      If it’s the last 10-15 minutes of the film, I see it as a fun change-up. But yeah, Spongebob really should be 2D for the most part.

  • UsaMiKo

    CGI ? I can live with that. But in all truth, the only reason I have to be interested in this film is because I’d heard a rumor that Steven Hillenburg would get to be in charge of it. If that’s true, then sounds like it could be a very good send off for the series. Because it seems like this coulsd be the only why to redeem the putrid, steaming pile, that has become the tv show. I know I probably sound like I’m wearing giant nostalgia goggles, but I honestly can’t stand looking at what the show has become, compared to what it used to be.

    • Beanstalk

      The show is still in line with how it used to be in my opinion, but they rarely do new episodes anyway.

    • Roberto Severino

      Steve H. and Paul wrote the movie together.

  • @spitandspite

    That CG looks awesome! Love to see the transitions back and forth.

    Excited to see this with my kids.

  • Milan P.

    decent! :)

  • Atomic Rexx

    I thought this was a joke image, but then I remembered it wasn’t April Fools.

    Um, I haven’t got much to say about this yet. I’ll wait for more images.

  • Roberto Severino

    I really care more about how the 2D animation is gonna look! Shame Nick and Paramount keep promoting the CG part of the movie and not give attention to that too. Best thing about this is that Patrick doesn’t have that giant one tooth that he has nowadays and SpongeBob’s circle shaped cheeks aren’t here either.

  • Thank you for sucking the joy out of my day

  • there was a classic episode where they get superpowers but then they completely mess it up, It was really funny. After giving up on new episodes of spongebob I don’t have too high of hopes for anything new from this franchise, will this movie be anything as fun as that episode? maybe this movie will surprise me…? and where is sandy!?

    • James Stanley

      Good question: Where is Sandy Cheeks everybody?? Shes know for her superior karate abilities in the show, therefore it makes sense to have as superhero.

    • grace

      sandy is in the second trailer and in case you can’t find that specific trailer…she is a gigantic squirrel!

  • Rick
  • Matthew Broussard

    But who plays the shark they just jumped over?

  • what?

    where are squidward’s other legs?

  • …Spongebob’s face really needs lines…maybe it’s just the photo but all that yellow actually looks more flat in CG. Patrick looks funny though.

  • CG…..Spongebob??

  • Megan P.

    Antonio Banderas doesn’t voice a pirate. He PLAYS a pirate. I got to watch him Jack Sparrow all over Broughton Street in Savannah when they were filming it.

  • James VanDam

    http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/13/139190/3755542-6982516801-eyes..gif. Please let this be the final nail in the coffin for what was once a great series. On the bright side it did give people jobs….

    • Roberto Severino

      With the high amount of ratings the show still gets, I doubt that will happen anytime soon. They already renewed the show for a 10th season and SpongeBob himself is set to be the Ambassador for the Macy’s Day Parade this year. Whether we like it or not, he is the new Scooby Doo and he’ll be sticking around for quite a while. Hell, the show’s ratings are still right up there with stuff like Big Bang Theory and it’s still consistently the #1 animated series among the 2-11 demo.

  • Jonathan Wilson

    Amid, you forgot to mention the poster that came out a couple months ago…

  • BurntToShreds

    With this and Korra going digital and off of TV, I can stop caring about Nickelodeon forever now, right?

    • You should, it’s healthier!

      • Roberto Severino

        I stopped caring about Nick all the way back in 2006. The channel has been dead for me since that time.

        • Jonathan Wilson

          Nick doesn’t care if their old fans stopped watching their network. The channel has been primarily focused on entertaining children since It first launched….

          • It did, even if what’s ‘in’ for each generation differs greatly what from what watched the channel for (in my case, gross, disgusting junk back in the 80’s).

        • kuzronk

          2008 more like it.

  • Squidhead

    Goddamn kids show tryin to appeal to kids!!

    (this looks like it’ll be fun for what it is)

    • James VanDam

      There is a difference between appealing to kids and insulting their intelligence.

  • Ryoku240

    I’m more concerned with the writing, some of the film being CGi is fine. But the last few seasons of Spongebob have been quite a mess.

    • Roberto Severino

      Eh they’ve been very mixed and inconsistent in quality for me. Like I think Seasons 6-7 are the worst seasons overall but stuff like 8-9 and 4-5 have some pretty underestimated stuff that I do like amazingly enough so it hasn’t been completely for nothing.

      I think most people can agree that it’s definitely not the same show that it was when it started out though and I’ve been pretty critical at how the animation has gotten a lot stiffer overtime, which is really my main problem with a lot of the newer episodes which has really taken a lot out of the show IMHO.

      • Ryoku240

        The first few seasons had decent attention to detail in the writing at the least, notice how main characters would casually greet one another? You don’t see that as much as you’d think.

        I agree that the animations gotten stiffer, that and as far as I can tell Spongebobs voice is beginning to dry up.

        • Roberto Severino

          I completely agree with there. SpongeBob hardly says his catchphrase anymore besides for a couple of later episodes. That would be nice to hear more often again. As for SpongeBob’s voice, I think it’s sort of gotten back to being more normal in some of the most recently aired episodes. It’s not as high pitched as it was for a lot of the post movie stuff.

  • This looks awesome, I’d love to see all the Spongebob weirdness in cg.

  • SarahJesness

    What, no Sandy?

    • Roberto Severino

      Actually, she’s in this poster they showed at Comic Con and she looks realistic like she did on the show whenever she’d appear on dry land. :)


    • Jonathan Wilson

      She’s still in the film, according to the official model sheet :

  • DangerMaus

    Paramount opens an animation studio. First feature: A Spongebob parody of superheroes. Last feature: A Spongebob parody of superheroes.

  • Steven Bowser

    If it’s anything like the first film then I’ll love it. I actually really liked that movie. And the David Hasslehoff cameo was one for the ages.

  • PresidentSquidward

    No thanks. The IJLSA thing would make the movie pointless and just be a thing to cater to the “nostalgia SpongeBob fans who only like Seasons 1-3” crowd. And even if they did that, I bet people would be like “this is uncreative” and “they’re ruining a classic episode”. I’m starting to grow a bit fond of the superhero idea and see what they’re new powers are like, instead of the ones we already know from the IJLSA.

    • Admittedly, we’d probably still moan even if it was the IJLSA.

  • Roberto Severino

    I’d seriously love to see that.

    • DangerMaus

      So would I.

  • Ian

    KRABS IS A ROBOT! Everything’s come full circle.

  • DangerMaus

    Regardless of my earlier crack about Paramount Animation, I hope this turns out well for them, but I just don’t see it. After watching the disappointing first movie, I came to the conclusion that Spongebob Squarepants worked best in 22 minute weekly doses, but not so much in the extended running time of a movie.

  • Matthew Broussard

    I did, it was just a joke, jeez. :)