A Day With SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie (Unproduced Direct-To-DVD Movie; 2011)


A Day With SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie
The DVD cover.
The DVD cover.
Status Unproduced

A Day with SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie is an unproduced, "unauthorized" mockumentary that was to be distributed by Reagal Films and MVD. The film was cancelled, but the creator behind the film is still planning making the film through a crowd funding effort.

Premise

The Reagal Films official website gives a premise to the film:

“In this mockumentary, SpongeBob lives above ground like all Hollywood superstars. Afraid that SpongeBob is becoming old news, his boss runs a contest called 'Spend a Day with SpongeBob'. The contest makes SpongeBob the talk of the town, as thousands of kids enter to win. The lucky winner is Seth, and he is ecstatic about his day with SpongeBob. However, the day becomes a roller coaster ride as things don’t go quite the way they planned.”

Production

The creator of the film (who’s going under the name "Mr. Orange" for privacy reasons) wanted to create a family film that paid homage to the John Hughes films he liked when growing up. He wrote a script and reached out to a number of producers including Jonathan Salami who’s been involved in a number of films associated with Reagal. However, after discussions with Jonathan Salami and many others, it was determined that the film would go way over the budget that would be given to him.

Mr. Orange was also hesitant to make the film out of fear of legal action from Nickelodeon or Viacom, but after talking with a lawyer, he was told that he could make the film if it was a parody; it would also help if it was live-action and clearly acknowledging that it was completely unofficial.

After talking with his lawyer, Mr. Orange set out to create a cover to show distributors and producers. He commissioned an illustrator named Jorge Pacheco to create a drawing that looked similar to SpongeBob’s iconic pineapple house. He also purchased a stock image of a boy in an orange shirt jumping.

After his pitch cover received positive reception, distributor Regal Films offered to help him by posting it on Amazon to see if there would be any interest via pre-orders. The film was also given a barcode while it was in pre-production which can be viewed here.

However, the production of the film was still facing budgetary issues; therefore Mr. Orange put the movie’s production on hold. On August 3rd of 2016, it was announced that a crowd funding effort would be launched in September of that year to produce the movie.

The Search Team Behind The Lost Film

Several users on The Lost Media Wiki put together a search effort to find the lost mockumentary.

The search gained the attention of the news site Gawker [1] and YouTube personality RebelTaxi, who made a notable video about it.

RebelTaxi talking about the lost film. PLEASE NOTE: The end of the video is a joke.


French website Motherboard also talked about this lost mockumentary as one of the most searched-for piece of lost media after Cracks had been found. Recently, the search has been featured on the Lost Media Chronicles and Bedhead Bernie's Animation Warehouse.

Please note that the information in these videos and articles is now outdated and was speculative regarding Reagal Films, its employees and the many other theories surrounding A Day With SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie.

Conclusion

On May 6, 2016, Lorenzo Holley was successfully contacted (Bedhead Bernie found an associated phone number in a free classified ad). In the calls, Holley said that the film would be released through some sort of crowd funding effort. He also denied that Reagal's official website hosted malware.

On August 3, 2016, Bedhead Bernie & the group OngoingMysteries made two concluding videos for the search after contacting Mr. Orange. He clarified that Reagal Films was only a film distribution company and was not a front for a money laundering scheme of any kind. Among debunking many other theories surrounding the film's search effort, he also released 5 pages of the undeveloped film's script, all of which can be viewed in the videos below.

The conclusion video that includes a script reading and an interview with the film's creator.
A 'sister' video focusing on clarifying theories and misinformation.


Ongoing Mysteries presentation (Includes calls from Lorenzo Holley)
The original video announcing that Lorenzo Holley had been contacted


Comments


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Moodiecitymadman

9 months ago
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Thank you lost media wiki
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CartoonPizza

9 months ago
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Now there's a comment section here!
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Anonymous user #1

9 months ago
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Somehow, I doubt this was even produced before being scrapped.
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Anonymous user #11

6 months ago
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No, it was cancelled like a week or two before airing.
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Aranea

6 months ago
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It was never aired. It was (going to be) a straight-to-DVD feature.
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ObscurusDoom

9 months ago
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I think I may have a lead on this.who should I contact?
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Reynard

9 months ago
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Well, just point out your progress here, but make it relevant and give us proof you are not making things up.
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Torterrafan5676

9 months ago
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I'll relay the info to Dycaite if you tell me. Contact me at Torterrafan5676@hotmail.com
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Radiant Lloyd Firefly

9 months ago
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Just go to the forums and post it in the thread, or PM one of us who post a lot in the thread. If there's anyone who would like a lead, it would be the people in that thread.
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Kablamoid

9 months ago
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Lets just hope babylon josh doesnt play pin the dumbass with us this time -_-
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Moodiecitymadman

9 months ago
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I've re-written the article with the revised version from the old wiki. There appears to be a spacing problem with the sections that include pictures and videos, but I can't seem to do anything about it.
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Anonymous user #2

9 months ago
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The recent chaos with the articles have left both the wikia version as well as this one with less information than before. Really hate that all the interesting tidbits about the search seem to have disappeared simply because of trolls and community fragmentation.
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Kobochat

9 months ago
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We took down all of the worthless information and false leads because they only cluttered everything up. Articles aren't supposed to be infodumps, you don't need to add every single thing that happens in the search if it doesn't lead to anything meaningful, and you DEFINITELY shouldn't add new information by jamming 500 "EDIT: MM/DD/YYYY" edits onto the end of the article.
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Radiant Lloyd Firefly

9 months ago
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I believe there was talk of creating a blog/timeline with all the info/events on it for informational purposes, but I have yet to see that get done. When it does though, that's where all your interesting tidbits will be.
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HGLDSB

9 months ago
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@Radiant: I think I recall thisishowibro saying he would create the blog. He posted a link to it on the old wiki after he created it, and fortunately, I bookmarked it. Here is the link: https://adwss.wordpress.com/

Looks like it hasn't been updated since it was initially created, though. I might need to contact him and ask him if he's planning on updating it soon.
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Anonymous user #2

9 months ago
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OP of comment here, thank you guys for your response. While I agree with your overall point, I dont believe the tiny information to be worthless. While horribly presented (nobody cares about a long dead /co/ thread or every single amazon review that is known to be fake anyway), they do detail all the avenues that have been attempted, all the little findings. Perhaps its not in line with the way this wiki is run, but when I wrote articles for the wiki I always attempted to express the fascination, the mystery and the adventure of the search so far the piece of media excites in me. The article as it stands just does not excite me while the earlier version very much did, I suppose thats all I'm saying. But that is just my opinion.
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Radiant Lloyd Firefly

9 months ago
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I actually agree with you to a certain extent. I'm pretty sure other members have the original article and all the updates, so we'll try and get it on the ADWSS blog at some point along with the new leads and happenings.
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Anonymous user #3

9 months ago
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OH for fuck sake there's a comment section.... I CANT WAIT FOR BABYLON JOSH -_-
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Kablamoid

9 months ago
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Anonymouse user 3 was me. forgot to log in...
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Reynard

9 months ago
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Welcome! Hope you enjoy it here!
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Kablamoid

9 months ago
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Thanks.
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Anonymous user #4

8 months ago
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Why do they do things like this?
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Anonymous user #5

8 months ago
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Hey, I'm not new to this whatsoever, but I was just reading up on what's happened, and I read that it wasn't released to the public. That isn't true. I remember very clearly seeing it in the bargain bin at a local supermarket.
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Moodiecitymadman

8 months ago
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@Anonymous user #5 two words, false memory. We've all felt as though we've seen this in either a bargain bin or a Wal-Mart because it looks like something you'd see there. But in reality, if it was so easy to find, it wouldn't be lost for this long a time.
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Anonymous user #6

8 months ago
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Exactly!
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Anonymous user #7

7 months ago
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I wonder if it's real
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Anonymous user #8

7 months ago
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I visited the site but no trojan attempted to install on my computer. Wonder why....
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Anonymous user #9

7 months ago
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That's a well known fact. There is even a Kaspersky security warning screenshot on this very page.

I don't think it's anything nefarious, more likely the site got hacked. Considering that Reagal Films used to have pages about grocery, whole food, media "opportunities" and such, on the website (just inaccessible), I'm gonna say that Holley probably isn't a natural talent at Web design and the site got hacked when he wasn't updating it or producing films or whatever.
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Moodiecitymadman

7 months ago
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The screen shot was mine and it really did try to install something on my computer.
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Psychic squidward

7 months ago
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This Movie Might Have Sucked Anyway.
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Anonymous user #10

7 months ago
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Hers my theory. The people who made the film must have graphic disturbing content in it since regal films is quite a dodgy film company. The film was sued under a lawsuit with nickelodeon,since then regal lost the court case so the film was handed over to nickelodeon locked up in an archives where the public can't access it. If this theory was proved true I wouldn't be surprised this happened,but as always hopefully the film does get more attention and hopefully becomes an actually uncovered lost film. As always I hope more evidence is found. Peace
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Anonymous user #12

6 months ago
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That just sounds like a creepypasta some 10 year old wrote. No possible way that could have happened.
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Anonymous user #13

6 months ago
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This is a strange looking movie
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Psychic squidward

6 months ago
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Honestly, most direct to dvd movies end up sucking except for a very small amount of them. I saw the lost media chronicles on this and they even think it would have sucked. 1, it has fake comments on the cover. 2, this company kept on changing names and is now apparently a storage unit. 3, the owner of this so called company was in jail for unknown reasons. So, that is 3 strikes right there. but, for those of you who really care, go for it.
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Anonymous user #14

6 months ago
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i found this at a garage sale
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Aranea

6 months ago
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Yeah. Provide proof, please.
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Anonymous user #15

6 months ago
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Can you please prove it out. But if you don't have the Dvd. My recommend is talk to the owner of the garage sale. If you saw the dvd that looked like the 2011 print. I think it's a bootleg Dvd.
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Aranea

6 months ago
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There's a lot of attention-seekers, people used do this all the time in classic Doctor Who communities. "I totally have this lost episode recorded on primitive VHS!" "I bought this from an archivist at a convention!" Then you ask for proof... nothing.
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Anonymous user #15

6 months ago
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In RebelTaxi's video. There's the main menu of the film. If you look at 8:50 - 8:56.

There's the 2011 main menu of A Day With Spongebob. But. Is it fake or not?
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BluebearPudge8000

6 months ago
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It's probably fake, since the film was never released.
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Anonymous user #16

6 months ago
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It's fake.
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Aranea

6 months ago
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Yeah, it's fake.

My PC during the 2000s came with a DVD menu maker for when you burned movies to DVD-R. I could easily make a mock-up that looks like it's from the 'lost' Spongebob movie, even with software as backwards as that.
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Anonymous user #15

5 months ago
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It's not really that fake. It might be the official main menu. But. Lorenzo Holley said some of the copies of the movie has been released in a video on YouTube. Not a video of the film. but the phone and the update vid months ago.
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BluebearPudge8000

1 months ago
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No. It's fake, since the movie was cancelled.
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Anonymous user #17

5 months ago
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How about the 2016 version of the movie? Lorenzo said they will be using the original script in one video.
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Anonymous user #18

5 months ago
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It's seems bizarre but it's true that a bootleg movie (that was never even released) would become one of the most sought after and searched for pieces of lost media most likely in the entire internet.
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Anonymous user #19

5 months ago
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I'd be willing to bet A LOT that the cover is the only thing that has ever existed about this movie. I think the fairly obvious truth seems to be that some folks had their money laundering scheme bizarrely and accidently caught on to, and now they're trying to make things legitimate and keep people from investigating further while they still can. There were no promo copies. There was no movie. I highly, highly doubt there was ever even a script. Further, I would be almost positive that more "unreleased" projects exist from these clowns for the same reasons as ADWSS.
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Kobochat

5 months ago
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Didn't MVD, the distribution company which were the first to confirm that the movie was never released, state that they saw the script at some point? Besides, you're acting like Reagal DOESN'T have a ton of bad movies that actually DID get released. Go look up their Amy Winehouse documentary, it's real and it's awful.
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Kobochat

5 months ago
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Amendment, because what I just wrote sounds way too similar to something I wrote over a year ago (i haven't been paying too close attention to the search in a while, somebody more qualified should probably better explain what i'm trying to say): Sure, Reagal's almost certainly a money laundering scheme. But my point is, you're overlooking the fact that they didn't just SAY they made movies to cover up their illegal doings, they actually made them.
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Anonymous user #20

5 months ago
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Did anybody notice when searching Fay Foods on Google Search it says "This site may be hacked"?
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Anonymous user #20

5 months ago
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I mean Foy Foods not Fay Foods.
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DigitalDiamalra

3 months ago
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That was me who made the comments
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Aidanlost

5 months ago
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Its found?
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JackIsCool Productions

4 months ago
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Not yet.
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Anonymous user #21

5 months ago
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The list of "proven fake" images and amount of unfounded speculation on some failed startup company's unreleased DVD make this entry look like a record-setting waste of some conspirator's man hours. This article is not encyclopedic like the others on the site, and looks more like some kid's fanfiction canon from Wikia.
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Kobochat

5 months ago
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Well for a while, it was really hard to edit the article into a readable state because there was a period where people were finding new leads every day, and felt the need to include every single one into the article regardless of whether it actually led to anything. It was completely unreadable, being 5 miles long filled with nothing but "UPDATE: MM/DD/YY". Eventually people agreed to edit it into what it is now, leaving only the important information. I agree it's pretty awkward, but if we're going to fix it, I'd honestly just wait a little bit until Lorenzo's kickstarter is done and over with, so the next update can be our last.
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Anonymous user #22

5 months ago
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Maybe the reason the website has malware is because they don't want us to know much about the movie. I believe the money laundering scheme is right, maybe the best way to determine if they are an actual movie company is by researching their other movies and see if those were released. Also, on the very questionable looking google maps listing they show Reagal films as being behind a UPS Store, which if we are desperate enough we could try contacting that store.
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Anonymous user #23

5 months ago
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Seems we are somewhat close to finding it
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Anonymous user #24

5 months ago
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its june we are still waiting mr holley
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Anonymous user #25

5 months ago
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Wait check the code of the website it may hold info or even the promo clips. Thats why the malware is there to stop people to getting into the coding and the idea of them hiding it. With malware to protect it seems like a great idea so it pulls people off track.
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Robowil

5 months ago
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We should just give up the search; it's going nowhere.
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Anonymous user #26

5 months ago
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It was literally confirmed that the movie was pretty much cancelled yet it seems that people are hesitant to guve up now seeing deep into the search they have gotten.
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Anonymous user #27

5 months ago
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crowdfund the release of the movie idiotz
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Anonymous user #26

4 months ago
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Well that'll be a bit hard seeing that movie was kinda confirmed to be cancelled sooooo no.
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Anonymous user #28

4 months ago
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Didn't the guy say he would crowdfund the movie and release a better version? Is there any new information after the calls?
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Anonymous user #29

4 months ago
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I wonder if this will ever be found.
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Anonymous user #26

4 months ago
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People seem to forget that it was literally confirmed to be cancelled.
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Anonymous user #16

4 months ago
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Well it would be nice if they cited that in the article. What was the source? An email?
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Anonymous user #30

4 months ago
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Has anyone seen bernie's new vid on adwss
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Anonymous user #31

4 months ago
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We should re-write this article now that we've acquired new information.
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Anonymous user #32

4 months ago
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Holy shit. This is what we call a breakthrough. Thanks to everybody who participated in the hunt. Another step further!
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Anonymous user #33

4 months ago
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Things of the search just keep getting better and deeper with all the information we have of the film and the crowdfunding

I Know we will find it sooner or later
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Anonymous user #16

4 months ago
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wtf it doesn't exist man.
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Anonymous user #16

4 months ago
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I said this on the forum; I am registered to the Wiki but I could not figure how to change the title of this article. It should just read "A Day With SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie (Undeveloped Movie)", because it is not a rare 2011 direct-to-DVD movie. Judging by the past few comments, it appears people still do not know this has been solved.
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Sf95

4 months ago
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I'm for free speech and all but honestly don't think the F word should be used in an article on a site of this nature to indicate the status.
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Anonymous user #34

4 months ago
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It's great what has been found out man
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Game4brains

4 months ago
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So in the end, the film never existed in the first place; everything we found out about it was just various production materials from a project that never got finished. At the very least, I hope the crowdfunding effort succeeds. It'd be nice to get the film completed so that we can finally put this case to rest.
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Game4brains

4 months ago
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Though that doesn't explain why one guy tweeted that he was watching the film. Was it some sort of viral marketing stunt or what?
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Reynard

4 months ago
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Hey, I can also tweet that I am watching ADWSS. Does that mean it's true?
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Anonymous user #16

4 months ago
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Excellent point Reynard, and it was also found out that he was tweeting about the actual SpongeBob movie, somehow confusing the two. Shady at the least...
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Kobochat

3 months ago
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Well we know he wasn't lying for attention since this was long before anyone cared about this movie, and he didn't have any Reagal connections. Yes, an hour later he tweeted this, https://twit...392015663104, so we know he just confused the two movies through some freak accident. My guess is that the ADWSS DVD showed up in his Amazon recommendations earlier that day and he just had that title on the brain.
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Anonymous user #16

4 months ago
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Thank you for changing the title whomever! I was just going to do it.
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Steady N Ready

3 months ago
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Bonk! :)
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Deergirl

3 months ago
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how exactly do we know that the film does exist, but they're making another one to hide it? (or something similiar)
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Morg1807

3 months ago
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Well, I'll put my post on here since the forum thread is locked. I've been in this search since around a week the first /co/ thread was made. I quit in December last year to join the Steam Sale ARG since this was moving nowhere. I found the Riley guy (who had the fake address on his google results) in 2015 and nobody listened to it (lol) since there was no search result about it. I have an urge to tell you all that things are most probably not what they are seeming here; all the people originally involved in this movie refused all contact. Lorenzo Holley's LinkedIn email account was not responding to any emails sent (another clue that he didn't want involvement in the movie) and the fact that we were told specifically NOT to contact several people and that Lorenzo Holley told his employee's not to respond to LMW requests adds to the weirdness that 1 phone call to him lead to him releasing all the info on the movie. Seriously, do you people not realise how easily somebody could have either faked that call or the number could have been somebody who was in on it (acting)? I stand by my original theory about this film and Lorenzo Holley: the man opened several companies (all "food related" companies) and made low-budget films (with lots of fake employees and people who are told not to talk about the film), and all of his companies/movies were simply money laundering for a more elaborate scheme. Assuming this phone call is not fake, what stops him from running away with the money he gets from a crowdfunding (again, assuming he didn't answer his phone to get everyone to shut up)?

Anyway, that's my two cents on this whole thing. Delet this if it's shitposting, mods, idc.
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Virtualboy

3 months ago
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I mean, Mr. Orange's chill demeanor does not at all match up with the roller coaster ride of a search this was.

Why couldn't they have just said it wasn't made and end all drama there, and more odd than that (as I pointed out in the thread) is Lorenzo saying the movie was out. How can you confuse that for a movie that had nothing made for it? Why did Lorenzo suddenly decide to speak, and why did it seem like he was just talking out of his ass?

I believe Mr. Orange and everything, but as the standard for lost media has become, it's never a clean finish.

Good post, though the money is not going to Lorenzo, but to the anonymous creator instead, which is worse haha. Naturally, nothing has been said about the movie since the Mr. Orange thing.

Thinking about it, it was really cool that a group of people online cared so much about something as random as this; Reagal should've really been honored, but instead it was the other way around; it's like we were the creator and Reagal was an uninterested customer.

When it's all said and done, this may go down in the record books as the LMW's greatest feat.
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Anonymous user #35

2 months ago
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if i remember this had a Wikipedia on it if you know anything about it please reply
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Anonymous user #36

1 months ago
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finally we know
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Awesomedude249

5 days ago
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found a GBA Video version of this on eBay for nearly $800, trying to figure out if it's legit or not http://i.imgur.com/rHNDP9y.png
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Kobochat

5 days ago
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(grabs an old copy of Lizzie McGuire 3: Homecoming Havoc, puts a new label over it, and sets up a fake ebay page for it) Hey guys, I *found* this rare copy for sale... I don't know if it's real or not.......... really makes you think................................ (immediately takes down the page so the account doesn't get banned)
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Virtualboy

5 days ago
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Oh my God, this is the fucking greatest thing ever.
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Virtualboy

5 days ago
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Guy deserves every penny, and a medal btw.
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Awesomedude249

3 days ago
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@Kobochat almost spot-on explanation, but A: I didn't put the label on a physical GBA cartridge, I just photoshopped it on B: I didn't actually list it on eBay, I just used inspect element to modify the text and image

I'm not going to be THAT dedicated to a shitty internet hoax :v
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