My Interview with Tom Kenny, the Voice of Spongebob Squarepants!
A couple weeks ago, I had the honor of interviewing Tom Kenny, the voice of Spongebob Squarepants and spokesperson for Popsicle. We discussed the “Your Yosicle Adventure” contest and more. See our interview below!
Can you tell me about your partnership with Popsicle and the “Your Yosicle Adventure” contest?
- The Your Yosicle Adventure is a great virtual craft in which the whole family can get involved. Watch the video and select how Popsicle Pete escapes the “Bulls on Tirade”. Participants came up with their own unique endings showing how Popsicle® Pete turns into a Yosicle! and dodges the “Bulls on Tirade”. The fun doesn’t end there though: while we carefully select the winner you and your family can come up with your own adventure for Popsicle® Pete by filling in the missing words to reveal an exciting new twist to his story.
Do your kids love the new Yosicle Pops?
- Yes! Our freezer is rarely empty of Popsicles and the new Yosicles have been a fun change from our usual picks. My wife and I grew up eating Popsicles so it’s great to see a new and healthy option for our kids to continue to grow with.
We all know you as the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, but do you voice other television characters as well?
- Yes, I’m all over the place! Chances are if your child or children are between the ages of two and twenty two they’ve heard my voice as a character somewhere. To preschoolers, I am Handy Manny and Mr. LoPart on the Disney show Handy Manny, and even Rabbit in Winnie the Pooh. I’ve also played the Ice King in the TV series, Adventure Times. As an adult, you’ve probably heard my voice in the shows Futurama and Family Guy.
How did you get into voice acting?
- My mom does brilliant impressions and has been a constant comedic source for our family. As a kid, I read aloud to my younger siblings and did all the characters’ voices, and now I do the same for my own kids. I got my first job in the voice talent industry with the NIckelodeon show, Rocko’s Modern Life after several years of putting myself in front of audiences as a stand-up comedian. I love that I can’t be pigeonholed and stuck to one character: voice acting allows me to play multiple characters even within the same show or game. Most importantly it allows me to spend time with my family with less travel and flexible hours.
What do your kids think of SpongeBob SquarePants?
- They think he’s a funny character. I know the show’s team and I have done a good job when the character comes to life without the audience wondering who the voice is or who the animator is or any of those many components that go into making a show successful. My wife and I have also reinforced with our children that what we do is just a job, a fun and different one!, but a job nonetheless.