Who can turn the world on with his gap-toothed smile? Who can take a soggy day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile? America's most porous optimist, of course, SpongeBob SquarePants! Nickelodeon will celebrate the happy-go-lucky yellow one with an unprecedented SpongeBob programming event kicking off on Thursday, November 9, at 8:00 p.m.

The interactive, 24-hour marathon will feature viewers' top 100 cartoon picks, culminating in an all-new "Best Day Ever" SpongeBob SquarePants special on Friday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m., followed by the network premiere of the Paramount Pictures/Nickelodeon Movies feature film, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie at 8:00 p.m. (All times ET/PT).

The marathon hosted by sea-loving Patchy the Pirate (Tom Kenny -- voice of SpongeBob) will feature Patchy cruising around Manhattan on a grand party boat, counting down the top SpongeBob episodes. Throughout the night the marathon will continue, but when the sun comes up, Patchy will embark on his best day ever with a day of pampering in preparation for the big evening celebration with SpongeBob fans.

As the premiere draws near, Patchy will be joined on the boat by hundreds of partying fans, and in classic New Year's Eve tradition, the "SpongeBob" will drop, bringing the countdown to the "Best Day Ever" special at 7:30 p.m. Patchy will also be joined throughout the marathon by Nickelodeon stars and other celebrity SpongeBob fans who will reveal the details of what would be their own "best day ever."