A prequel to “SpongeBob SquarePants,” the Nickelodeon series that has proved to be a durable hit both with children and with their parents since it premiered way back in 1999, has been given a series order.
Nickelodeon announced plans today for “Kamp Koral” (working title), an animated series that will begin production this month in Burbank.
“The CG-animated series (13 episodes) introduces 10-year-old SpongeBob SquarePants during his summer at sleepaway camp,” Nickelodeon announced.
Said Ramsey Naito, executive VP of Animation Production and Development for Nickelodeon: “‘SpongeBob’ has an incredible universe to expand upon and the greenlight for ‘Kamp Koral’ is a testament to the strength and longevity of these characters known and loved by generations of fans around the world.”
SpongeBob and his pals will spend the summer building underwater campfires, catching wild jellyfish, and swimming in Lake Yuckymuck at the craziest camp in the kelp forest, the announcement notes. Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller (“SpongeBob SquarePants”) are co-executive producers on the series.
“Since its launch July 17, 1999, ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ has reigned as the number-one kids’ animated series on TV for the last 17 years, while generating a universe of beloved characters, pop culture catchphrases and memes, theatrical releases, consumer products, a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical and a global fan base,” Nickelodeon notes in the announcement. “‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ is the most widely distributed property in Viacom International Media Networks history, seen in more than 208 countries and territories, translated in 55+ languages, and averaging more than 100 million total viewers every quarter.”
The original series is created by Stephen Hillenburg and produced by Nickelodeon in Burbank. The character-driven cartoon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurable optimist and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends.