Nick: It’s a SpongeBob Party With Pandas and Penguins
January 9, 2009 10:07 AM
Good things kids probably haven’t heard the old expression "Don’t trust anybody over 30."
Nickelodeon will be marking its 30th year on the air this year and the 10th anniversary of “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
Nick President Cyma Zarghami said Mr. SquarePants will be celebrated with 20 new episodes, a TV movie, a documentary, a vertical Web site and a live touring performance by the show’s cast.
Johnny Depp will join the celebration, providing the voice of a surfing god during one special episode of the show coming up.
Working in partnership with DreamWorks Animation, Nickelodeon in March will be launching “Penguins of Madagascar,” a cartoon spinoff of the hit animated “Madagascar” films.
Ms. Zarghami said Nick has ordered 26 more episodes of the show, bringing the total to 52. She said Nick also is working with DreamWorks on a TV version of “Kung Fu Panda.”
Ms. Zarghami also announced that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be the host of this year’s Kids Choice Awards.