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'''''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 reportedly still planning making the film through a crowd funding effort.
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'''''A Day with SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie''''' is an unproduced, unauthorized mockumentary that Reagal Films and MVD would distribute. The movie has been postponed, but the director plans to make the film through a crowd funding effort.
  
 
==Premise==
 
==Premise==
Reagal Films' official website (via retellings in various YouTube videos and the web archive) gives a premise to the film:
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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 don’t go quite the way they planned.”
 
''“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==
 
==Production==
The creator of the film (''going under the pseudonym "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 had been involved with a number of films associated with distributor Reagal Films. However, after discussions with Salami and many others at Reagal, it was determined that the film would go way over the budget that would be given to him.
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The film maker (who is pseudonymized "Mr. Orange" for reasons of privacy) 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 a variety of filmmakers, including Jonathan Salami, who was involved in several of Reagal's films. Nevertheless, it was decided that the film was going well beyond the budget that would be given to Mr. Orange after talks with Salami and many others at Reagal.  
  
Mr. Orange was also hesitant to make the film out of fear of legal concerns 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.
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Mr. Orange also initially refused to make the film out of fear of Nickelodeon and Viacom's legal concerns, but he was told, after a consultation with a lawyer, that he could make the film if it was a parody; it would also help if it were live action and acknowledged that it was absolutely unofficial.
  
After talking with his lawyer, Mr. Orange set out to create a cover to pitch to 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.
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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 his pitch cover received positive reception, distributor Reagal 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.
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After the positive reception of his pitch cover, Reagal Films offered to help him by uploading it to Amazon in order to see if there is any demand via pre-orders. During pre-production, the movie was also given a barcode.
  
However, the production of the film was still facing budgetary issues; therefore Mr. Orange put the movie’s production through development hell. On August 3, 2016, it was announced that a crowdfunding effort would be launched in September of that year to produce the movie, but so far, the crowd-funding effort has not actually happened yet.
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The development of the film, however, was still faced with financial problems; the movie thus was born into development hell. On August 3, 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==
 
==The Search Team Behind the "Lost" Film==

Revision as of 17:08, 10 October 2019

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The DVD cover.

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A Day with SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie is an unproduced, unauthorized mockumentary that Reagal Films and MVD would distribute. The movie has been postponed, but the director plans to make the film through a crowd funding effort.

Premise

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 don’t go quite the way they planned.”

Production

The film maker (who is pseudonymized "Mr. Orange" for reasons of privacy) 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 a variety of filmmakers, including Jonathan Salami, who was involved in several of Reagal's films. Nevertheless, it was decided that the film was going well beyond the budget that would be given to Mr. Orange after talks with Salami and many others at Reagal.

Mr. Orange also initially refused to make the film out of fear of Nickelodeon and Viacom's legal concerns, but he was told, after a consultation with a lawyer, that he could make the film if it was a parody; it would also help if it were live action and acknowledged that it was absolutely 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 in order to see if there is any demand via pre-orders. During pre-production, the movie was also given a barcode.

The development of the film, however, was still faced with financial problems; the movie thus was born into development hell. On August 3, 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.[1]

The search gained the attention of the news site Gawker [2] and YouTube personality RebelTaxi, who made a notable video about it.

French website Motherboard [3] 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.

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 crowdfunding effort. He also denied that Reagal's official website hosted malware. As of yet, the crowdfunding effort has not been launched.

On August 3, 2016, Bedhead Bernie & the group Ongoing Mysteries 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 five pages of the undeveloped film's script, all of which can be viewed in the videos below.

Gallery

RebelTaxi talking about the "lost" film. PLEASE NOTE: The end of the video is a joke
Conclusion video that includes a script reading and interview with the film's creator.
Beadhead Bernie's first video on the topic.
Ongoing Mysteries presentation (includes calls from Lorenzo Holley).
The original video announcing that Lorenzo Holley had been contacted.

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