A Day With SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie (unproduced unauthorized direct-to-DVD mockumentary film; 2011)
A Day with SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie is an unproduced, unlawful mockumentary that Reagal Films and MVD would distribute. The movie has been postponed, but the director plans to make the film through a crowdfunding effort.
The official website of Reagal Films (via retellings in specific YouTube videos and web archives) 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 do not go quite the way they planned."
The filmmaker (who is pseudonymized "Mr. Orange" for privacy reasons) wanted to create a family movie that pays tribute to the John Hughes films he watched as he grew up. He wrote a script and approached various filmmakers, including Jonathan Salami, who was involved in several of Reagal's films. Nevertheless, after talks with Salami and many others at Reagal, it was decided that the film was going well beyond the budget that would be given to Mr. Orange.
Mr. Orange also initially refused to make the film out of fear of Nickelodeon and Viacom's legal concerns. However, after a consultation with a lawyer, he was told to make the film if it were a parody. It would also help if it were live-action and acknowledged that it was entirely unofficial.
Mr. Orange set out to create the pitch cover for suppliers and manufacturers after speaking with his attorney. He requested Jorge Pacheco, an illustrator, to produce a drawing similar to the famous pineapple house. He also bought a picture of a child that jumped excitedly in the sky.
After the positive reception of his pitch cover, Reagal Films offered to help him by uploading it to Amazon to see if there is any demand via pre-orders. During pre-production, the movie was also given a barcode.
However, the development of the film was still faced with financial problems; the movie thus was born into development hell. On August 3rd, 2016, it was announced that a crowdfunding effort would be launched in September of that year to produce the movie. However, the crowdfunding effort has not yet been made.
The Search Team Behind the "Lost" Film
Several users on The Lost Media Wiki put together a search effort on a now-locked forum thread to find the "lost" mockumentary.
The search gained the attention of the news site Gawker, and Youtube personality RebelTaxi, who made a renowned video about it.
French website Motherboard also talked about this "lost" mockumentary as one of the most-searched-for pieces of lost media after Cracks had been found. The search effort has been featured on 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.
Since Bedhead Bernie found a corresponding phone number in a free classified ad, Lorenzo Holley was successfully contacted on May 6th, 2016. During the calls, Holley said that the film would be released via crowdfunding. He also denied that Reagal's official website hosted malware. As of yet, the crowdfunding effort has not been launched.
On August 3rd, 2016, Bedhead Bernie and the team Ongoing Mysteries created two concluding videos for the search after contacting Mr. Orange. Mr. Orange clarified that Reagal Films is only a film distributor and is not a front for any money laundering scheme. Among debunking many other theories surrounding the film's search effort, he also released five undeveloped film's script pages. All of which can be viewed in the videos below.
- Astrology with Squidward (found series of "Spongebob Squarepants" animated shorts; 2000s)
- SpongeBob Cartoon Creator (partially found original version of Flash game; 2008-2013)
- SpongeBob: Re-Hydrated (partially lost "SpongeBob SquarePants" animated short; 2003)
- SpongeBob SquarePants (partially lost deleted scenes of Nickelodeon animated series; 1999-present)
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Ain't Life a Beach (partially found Nickelodeon press kit; 1999)
- SpongeBob SquarePants and the Nicktoons Gravjet Racing (lost build of cancelled Xbox Live Arcade racing game; 2009)
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Happiness Squared (lost video game based on SpongeBob SquarePants; late 2000s)
- SpongeBob SquarePants "Sailor Mouth" (lost uncensored version of animated series episode; existence unconfirmed; 2001)
- SpongeBob SquarePants Saves the Krusty Krab 3D (found computer game; 2002)
- SpongeBob SquarePants "Shanghaied/You Wish" (lost English audio from alternate "Patchy the Pirate" segments; 2001)
- SpongeBob SquarePants "SpaceBob InvaderPants/Krabs' Army" (unfinished episodes of Nickelodeon animated series; 2015)
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Underpants Slam (found Xbox Live Arcade game; 2007)
- SpongeBob SquarePants "War Blowers" (found full version of animated series music; 1999)
- SpongeBob's Truth or Square (found Nick Arcade party game; 2009)
- SpongeBob Town (lost build of cancelled massively multiplayer online game based on Nickelodeon animated TV series; 2012)
- LMW Forums post on the unproduced film. Retrieved 13 Mar '16
- Gawker article on the search for the film. Retrieved 13 Mar '16
- Lost Media: The Internet's Treasure Hunters. Retrieved 13 Mar '16
- Gawker follow-up article confirming the film was never made. Retrieved 07 Jun '21