The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is a 2015 American animated/live action adventure comedy film, based on the Nickelodeon television series SpongeBob SquarePants, created by Stephen Hillenburg. Released in 2015, the film is a sequel to 2004's The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. It is directed by the show writer and executive producer Paul Tibbitt, and written by Tibbitt, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, and SpongeBob creator and executive producer Hillenburg. Sponge Out of Water is executive produced by Stephen Hillenburg, and co-executive produced by Cale Boyter, Nan Morales, and Craig Sost. The film stars the regular television cast (Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, Carolyn Lawrence, and Mr. Lawrence), who returned to reprise their respective roles from the series and the previous film, while Antonio Banderas plays a new live-action character, Burger-Beard the Pirate. The film is produced by Paramount Animation, Nickelodeon Movies, and United Plankton Pictures, and was distributed by Paramount Pictures. This film is dedicated to Ernest Borgnine, the original voice of Mermaid Man, who died in July 2012.