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SpongeBob Schwammkopf is the German dub of SpongeBob SquarePants. It is part of International SpongeBob SquarePants.


SpongeBob Schwammkopf first aired on Super RTL in 2002 when the channel got the rights to air Nickelodeon shows. Back in 1998, Nickelodeon closed due to its successful rival, KiKa. Nickelodeon relaunched in 2005 under the name NICK, but Super RTL still aired it until 2009.

Since 2006, the show is aired in Austria and Switzerland (also, Bob l'éponge aired in Switzerland [citation needed]).

Name changes/translations



Voice cast

  • SpongeBob: Santiago Ziesmer
  • Patrick: Marco Kröger (Seasons 1-7), Fritz Rott (Seasons 8-present)
  • Squidward: Eberhard Prüter (episodes 1–189, first movie, until his death occurred in October 2014), Tobias Lelle (second movie), Joachim Kaps (episodes 190-present)
  • Mr. Krabs: Jürgen Kluckert
  • Pearl: Sabine Winterfeldt
  • Sandy: Cathlen Gawlich
  • Plankton: Thomas Petruo (Seasons 1 - 11, until his death occurred in April 2018), Sebastian Christoph Jacob (Season 11 - Present)
  • Karen: Susanne Herrmann
  • Mrs. Puff: Rita Engelmann (Episodes 4-182, first movie), Joseline Gassen (second movie), Sonja Deutsch (Episodes 190-present)
  • Gary: Tom Kenny
  • Mermaid Man: Karl Schulz
  • Barnacle Boy: Uwe Paulsen (Seasons 1-5), Hasso Zorn (Seasons 6-9)
  • Flying Dutchman: Hans Teuscher (Episodes 13–162), Michael Pan
  • Larry: Jörg Hengstler
  • Captain: Hans Teuscher
  • Squilliam: Eberhard Prüter




Dubbed title Original title Premiere Dubbed logo
Der SpongeBob Schwammkopf Film The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie December 23, 2004
SpongeBob Schwammkopf 3D The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water February 19, 2015



SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song - Titlesong / SpongeBob Schwammkopf-Intro

Painty: "Alles klar, Kinder?"
Kinder: "Aye, aye, Kapitän!"
Painty: "Geht das nicht lauter?"
Kinder: "Aye, aye, Kapitän!"
Painty: "Ohhhhhhhhhhhh..."
Painty: "Wer wohnt in ’ner Ananas ganz tief im Meer?"
Kinder: "SpongeBob Schwammkopf!"
Painty: "Saugstark und gelb und porös und zwar sehr?"
Kinder: "SpongeBob Schwammkopf!"
Painty: "Wenn der Sinn nach pazifischem Blödsinn euch steht..."
Kinder: "SpongeBob Schwammkopf!"
Painty: "Dann schwingt euch an Deck und kommt ja nicht zu spät!"
Kinder: "SpongeBob Schwammkopf!"
Painty: "Und alle!"
Kinder: SpongeBob Schwammkopf, SpongeBob Schwammkopf, SpongeBob Schwammkopf!"
Painty: "SpongeBooob Schwammkoooopf!"

Translation to English

Painty: "All right, kids?"
Children: "Aye, aye, captain!"
Painty: "Isn't that louder?"
Children: "Aye, aye, captain!"
Painty: "Ohhhhhhhhhhhh ..."
Painty: "Who lives in a pineapple deep in the sea?"
Children: "SpongeBob SpongeHead!"
Painty: "Absorbent and yellow and porous very much?"
Children: "SpongeBob SpongeHead!"
Painty: "If you're in the mood for Pacific nonsense ..."
Children: "SpongeBob SpongeHead!"
Painty: "Then swing on deck and don't be late!"
Children: "SpongeBob SpongeHead!"
Painty: "And everyone!"
Children: SpongeBob SpongeHead, SpongeBob SpongeHead, SpongeBob SpongeHead! "
Painty: "SpongeBooob, SpongeHead!"



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  • Jürgen Kluckert also voices Benjamin Blümchen from the show Benjamin Blümchen, and the character has been referenced in the German dub of the episode "Born Again Krabs," where Mr. Krabs tells the Flying Dutchman that he is not Eugene Krabs but instead tells him that he is "Benjamin Blümchen."
  • In "Christmas Who?," Sandy tells SpongeBob about the Nativity, the Three Wise Men, and Farmhand Rupert. Farmhand Rupert was St. Nicholas' companion in German folklore.
  • In "Band Geeks," instead of a Sedan, Patrick mentions an Opel Kapitän. The Kapitän was a model of the German Opel make of car, which was manufactured from 1938 to 1970.
  • After The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, both Tobias Lelle and Joachim Kaps auditioned for the role of Squidward to replace his original voice actor, Eberhard Prüter, who died in October 2014. Both auditions were streamed online. Lelle had two auditions, in a normal voice and in a slightly more nasal one. The role eventually went to Joachim Kaps. Additionally, Squidward is the only SpongeBob character in the German dub whose replacement was chosen by the general public.
  • On the original SpongeBob Schwammkopf title card, the sketch of SpongeBob does not have legs.
  • The German dub of "Jailbreak! was originally titled Fraß macht frei (Eating is free). The translators realized it sounded too much like the Nazi slogan Arbeit macht frei (Work makes you free), so they changed it to Knastbrüder (Jailbirds).
  • There is an old German Comedy Central promo that accuses SpongeBob of being transgender. The episodes containing these claims are aired as part of the Captain's Secrets marathon on 28 November. Link:

See also

External links

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