20th Anniversary ‘Spongebob’ Episode has Voice Actors Playing Human Versions of Characters

Ready to feel old? Spongebob Squarepants is turning 20 this year, and Nickeldeon is putting out all the money for a year-long celebration. The biggest of these is the upcoming episode “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout” in which there will be a scene where the voice actors of our favorite Bikini Bottom residents will play live-action counterparts.

The plot of the episode is as follows:

Patrick and SpongeBob journey to the surface world, where the duo come across a few familiar faces during lunchtime rush at The Trusty Slab restaurant. Meanwhile, the Bikini Bottom residents set up a surprise birthday party for SpongeBob.

As seen in the image above, we have Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick Star, Rodger Bumpass as Squidward, Tom Kenny as Spongebob, Clancy Brown as Mr. Krabs, Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy Cheeks, and Mr. Lawrence as Plankton. They will all be a part of the episode in which we see the cast in The Trusty Slab, the Krusty Crab analog.

It seems like the cast is going to be having a blast, with Kenny telling Entertainment Weekly, “Stepping on the set [of The Trusty Slab] and acting alongside my friends and fellow cast members was a true out of body experience. Fans are truly going to love it.”

Actor David Hasselhoff, who made an appearance in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, will also be coming back for the episode and will have a scene with Patchy the Pirate. “I experienced the world of SpongeBob first-hand when I appeared in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, which was an amazing experience,” said Hasselhoff in a statement. “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. Hooray!!”

“SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout” will air on Nickelodeon on  July 12, 2019.