Paramount, Yahoo! Find SpongeBob Look-Alike

Paramount Pictures and Yahoo! Photos today announced the winner of the SpongeBob SquarePants look-alike contest. Following a nationwide search, it was decided that Shane Phillips of Memphis, Tennessee best conveyed the character’s fun loving, mischievous and spongy personality.

In addition to dubious distinction of being SpongeBob’s real-life double, Phillips won a trip to Los Angeles for the star-studded premiere of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie on Sunday, Nov. 14.

Who ever thought being compared to a yellow, square, gap-toothed cartoon character would be such a compliment? But, I couldn’t be more excited,” Phillips comments. “And if SpongeBob’s schedule gets too busy after this movie, I’ll happily fill in for him wherever, whenever!”

Yahoo! Photos accepted online snapshot entries and hopefuls turned out for events held at multiple college campuses across the U.S. Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob Square Pants, judged the many contestants and found Phillips the most fitting flesh-and-blood counterpart to his beloved cartoon alter ego.

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie arrives in theaters across North America on Friday, Nov. 19. Read about the making of the film in the December issue of Animation Magazine.