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How did SpongeBob meet the rest of the Bikini Bottom gang?

We'll find out in "The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge." The third title in the "SpongeBob" film franchise is scheduled to open in theaters on July 17, 2020.

Mireille Soria, president of Paramount Animation, shared more about the film during the VIEW Conference in Turin, Italy.

According to Cartoon Brew, Soria said the film will indeed feature a "nice homage to the classic movie" "It's a Wonderful Life," which is teased in the title. But the larger focus of the movie is an origin story:

"For the first time ever, we’re going to the get to the origin of how little SpongeBob met the rest of the Bikini Bottom gang at summer camp. The film’s opening will take place at Camp Coral when all of our favorite characters meet for the first time."

Hans Zimmer is scoring this new film, which will feature new songs from celebrity artists. Tim Hill ("Alvin and the Chipmunks") is directing.

"It’s a Wonderful Sponge" will reportedly be the first film to show a full CG version of the SpongeBob universe, while also continuing to feature hybrid scenes with the characters in the live world.

"The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" came out in 2004 and made $140.1 million worldwide. There was a long wait until the next film, "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water," came out in 2015. The wait was worth it, at least to the box office, with the film making a whopping $325,186,032 worldwide.

"The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge" will open in theaters July 17, 2020.

[Via: Cartoon BrewCollider]

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