Baby Shark, the star of the wildly popular kids’ song that became a global phenomenon five years ago, is getting a full-length movie. The animated feature will be arriving in 2023, exclusively on Paramount+. The announcement was made during Paramount’s Investor Day presentation. The project will be co-produced by Nickelodeon Animation and the Pinkfong Company. But further details have yet to be revealed.
The Baby Shark movie is just one of several children-specific projects that were announced during the event. Other movies targeted toward young audiences included a Blue’s Clues film called Blue’s Big City Adventure, a sequel to the Paw Patrol movie, and a spinoff series. There are four new SpongeBob Square Pants movies in the works, as well as a live-action and animated series featuring Dora the Explorer. An animated Transformers series was also announced, along with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films.
The Baby Shark family is also expanding beyond the movie. Baby Shark’s Big Show!, the animated preschool series co-produced with Nickelodeon Animation Studio has been picked up for a second season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. And a sequel to Netflix’s sing-along special Pinkfong and Baby Shark’s Space Adventure is said to be in the planning stages.
Interestingly, the Baby Shark movie announcement coincides with the Baby Shark Dance music video setting a YouTube record just last week. At well over 10 billion views on the streaming platform, the video is the most-viewed clip in the history of the site, according to creators The Pinkfong Co. The song surpassed Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s Despacito as the most-watched video on the service back in November 2020 and has now swum ahead by more than 2.3 billion views.
Speaking about the various Baby Shark projects, Pinkfong USA CEO Bin Jeong told The Hollywood Reporter that the company is super excited to introduce Baby Shark’s very first movie with Nickelodeon. It will be an opportunity for them to introduce new events in Baby Shark’s life that haven’t been explored before. It will still be within the core world, but it’s an opportunity for them to see what else they can do with the character.
It’s hard to imagine a time when Baby Shark wasn’t a part of our lives. While the song infiltrated the minds of everyone in existence in 2016, it’s actually been around a lot longer. Baby Shark was originally created as a campfire song or chant. The first version dates back to at least the 20th century and was created by camp counselors who drew inspiration from the movie Jaws. In the chant, an entire family of sharks is introduced with campers using their hands to imitate the sharks’ mouths.
Different versions of the Baby Shark song have the sharks hunting fish, eating a sailor, or killing people who then go to heaven. Over the years various entities have copyrighted original videos and sound recordings of the song. And some have trademarked merchandise based on their versions. However, according to The New York Times, the underlying song and characters are believed to be in the public domain. If the song is anything to go by, the Baby Shark movie will be a huge success too.