Are you ready, kids? Well, you better be because your favorite sponge in the deep blue sea has a special coming out this summer, and it’s getting the human treatment. Wait, what?

You heard that right, folks! ICYMI, the iconic animated Nickelodeon series Spongebob Squarepants is getting a 20th anniversary special, and all your fave characters from the show will be portrayed by the humans who voiced them for a whopping two decades. How awesome is that?!

“Spongebob’s Big Birthday Blowout” will premiere on Nickelodeon on July 12 at 7 P.M., which means there’s definitely not a ton of time to prepare. And don’t worry! If your favorite part of Spongebob has always been the animation, there will be a lot of that too. The special plans to mix animation with live-action, and personally, we love that they’re putting an interest spin on a Nick classic.

Also, there’s no need to fret about the people who will be taking on the human versions of these iconic characters, because as we mentioned earlier, they’ve been doing this for a really long time. The OG voices of Spongebob (Tom Kenny), Patrick Star (Bill Fagerbakke), Squidward (Rodger Bumpass), Mr. Krabs (Clancy Brown), Sandy Cheeks (Carolyn Lawrence) and Plankton (Mr. Lawrence) will all be back to bring their animated characters to life.

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But that’s not all, you guys! The birthday special will also feature some epic guest stars, including David Hasselhoff, Kel Mitchell, Jack Griffo and Daniella Perkins. Similar to The Spongebob Squarepants Movie, Hasselhoff will be playing himself, and it’s safe to say he’s pretty excited.

“I experienced the world of SpongeBob first-hand when I appeared in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, which was an amazing experience,” he in a statement from Nickelodeon. “After making that cameo, kids around the world recognized me from the movie. How awesome to now come back to be part of the 20th anniversary special. I got to interact with Tom Kenny and SpongeBob. It also was a heartwarming tribute to Steve Hillenburg. Happy 20th SpongeBob!”

And it seems like Tom, the voice behind the absorbent yellow sponge himself, is equally as stoked.

Steve Hillenburg gave me the gift of a lifetime when he asked me to voice his porous alter ego, SpongeBob SquarePants,” he said. “He changed my life and all of our lives. To reach the 20-year mark is a huge milestone and we wanted to celebrate by throwing a big party Bikini Bottom style. SpongeBob only comes up to the surface world on special occasions and this time one stop on his journey is The Trusty Slab restaurant.  Stepping on the set and acting alongside my friends and fellow cast members was a true out of body experience. Fans are truly going to love it.”

We seriously can’t wait!


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