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Pharrell Records ‘Squeeze Me’ for ‘SpongeBob’ Movie

The composer of this year’s musical hit, “Happy,” returns with a new tune for the soundtrack of Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon’s forthcoming feature, ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.’

The composer of this year’s musical hit, “Happy,” is back with a new tune, “Squeeze Me,” for the soundtrack of Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon’s forthcoming feature, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.

Pharrell Williams has reportedly reunited with his old songwriting partners Chad Hugo and Shay Haley to put out a new N.E.R.D. track for the upcoming CG-live action hybrid feature. The tropical-sounding “Squeeze Me” is the group’s first collaboration since their 2010 album Nothing.

“We're trying not to think too much in a cartoon sense,” Hugo said in an interview with Variety earlier this year, “but more just like a psychedelic, otherworldy type of thing. If you want to draw a parallel, maybe think of what the Beatles did with Yellow Submarine.”

The song’s lighthearted vocals feature the lyrics “The best part is the middle of me / I'm a sponge baby, go on and squeeze.” Give it a listen in the player below:

The Grammy-winning “Happy,” which spent 10 weeks at number one on the Billboard chart, was featured in Illumination Entertainment’s animated sequel Despicable Me 2.

Directed by Paul Tibbitt from a story by Tibbitt and series creator Stephen Hillenburg, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water was scripted by Kung Fu Panda 2 writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger.

The show’s original voice cast -- Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, Carolyn Lawrence and Mr. Lawrence -- reprise their roles alongside Antonio Banderas, who plays Alameda Jack, a pirate captain intent on recovering the last page to his magical book. The CG-live action hybrid feature is a follow-up to 2004's The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, which grossed over $140 million worldwide.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water arrives in theaters in 3D on February 6, 2015.

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.