NICK Magazine Interviews Tom Kenny

The April 2009 print edition of NICK Magazine includes an interview with Tom Kenny on the upcoming TV special, “SpongeBob SquarePants vs the Big One”:

Q: Do you ever talk like SpongeBob by accident?

A: After doing it for ten years, there are times when something happens and I react like he would. He kind of takes over for a couple of seconds. It’s like having a really nice werewolf inside of you — a really positive, can-do, friendly werewolf.

Q: Do you ever hear kids imitating SpongeBob’s voice?

A: Yes. Some of them do it better than me, which is worrisome. When it’s time for me to hang up the SpongeBob shoes — hopefully, sixty years from now — there’ll be some kid waiting to carry the torch.

The new SpongeBob special airs Friday, April 17th, at 8 PM, and features the voice of Johnny Depp as “Johnny Kahuna Laguna.” It was previously released on DVD March 3rd, 2009, and one of the bonus features included is “Plankton’s Special Sinister Commentary” by Mr. Lawrence (aka Doug Lawrence), voice actor from SpongeBob, Camp Lazlo, and Rocko’s Modern Life.

And here’s a bonus video treat from Halloween 2006 with Tom performing “Best Day Ever” live at a Nickelodeon event in NYC’s Central Park.

In related news, SpongeBob SquarePants was declared “Favorite Cartoon” in Nick’s 2009 Kids Choice Awards, winning out over nominees Phineas and Ferb, The Fairly Odd Parents, and The Simpsons.

Previous Tom Kenny report: 3.21.2009 — Take a Cruise With Tom Kenny

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