SpongeBob: Re-Hydrated (partially lost "SpongeBob SquarePants" animated short; 2003)


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SpongeBob: Re-Hydrated
Screenshot from the short.
Screenshot from the short.
Status Partially Lost

SpongeBob: Re-Hydrated is a CGI-animated SpongeBob SquarePants short that was aired in 2003. It was made in the style of a teaser trailer, and features SpongeBob dressed as Neo from The Matrix film franchise fighting an army of Patrick Star clones dressed as Agent Smith.

The exact nature of the short was unknown for a long while, with people speculating it to be a game cutscene, a commercial, a fan-animation, or even a full SpongeBob "episode" that slipped through the cracks. However, in 2017 it was clarified that the footage previously found was actually the entire short, minus the original audio.

History

The 2003 Nicktoons bumper with brief clips of the short.

Attention was first brought to the short in early 2016 after a few seconds of footage were discovered in a Nicktoons channel bumper from 2003. A thread was made on 4chan's /co/ board in an attempt to find more information on it, and one anonymous user claimed it to be a 10-minute short called The Spongetrix that was included on a VHS release of Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. This was quickly debunked as a hoax, but regardless, the rumor and fake title persisted for quite some time.[1]

After, the search spread to sites such as the Lost Media Wiki and SpongeBuddy Mania. In April of that year, 30 seconds of footage was found in the 2013 portfolio of a Nick Digital animator named Goopy Rossi. This revealed the true title of the short as Spongebob: Re-Hydrated, and also confirmed the connection with The Matrix Reloaded.[2]

However, the find also left many unanswered questions about the nature of the short, and Rossi himself remained unresponsive. Other SpongeBob crew members were contacted, such as Vincent Waller, who claimed to know nothing about the short and even accused it of being fake.[3]

Status

The search continued for a few more months but began to stall later that year due to a lack of any solid leads. However, on April 15, 2017, a YouTube user named Vailskibum94 created a video on the topic. Despite containing a good deal of outdated information and inaccuracies, the video revived interest in the short, and later that day animator Randy Gossman posted a public message to the wiki Encyclopedia SpongeBobia to clarify these rumors.

Gossman stated the short was nothing more than an extra made by the animation team of the game Employee of the Month, and that it may have aired on Nicktoons in the network's early days. The short was made without involvement from the writers of the main series, and reused 3D models from the game Operation Krabby Patty. Most importantly, though, he stated that no more footage exists than the 30 seconds that were already discovered.[4]

Though the entirety of the video footage is now confirmed to be found, Gossman also claimed that short originally had a different audio track with sound effects.[5] This audio has yet to be found.

Gallery

Full short (without audio).
Vailskibum94's video (contains misinformation).

References

  1. Archive of the original /co/ thread Retrieved 15 Apr '17.
  2. Goopy Rossi's demo reel Retrieved 15 Apr '17.
  3. Tweet from Vincent Waller Retrieved 15 Apr '17.
  4. Mirror of Randy Gossman's blog post on the short Retrieved 15 Apr '17.
  5. Screenshot of a comment from Gossman, originally posted on the blog post Retrieved 15 Apr '17.

Comments


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Kaiju

20 months ago
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Wow, I've never heard of this!
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Anonymous user #1

20 months ago
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Dude, someone needs to release this pronto or email the creator about this type of vioce
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Angry75501

19 months ago
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That's currently not possible right now, as the person who said he had this on VHS made his claim as an anonymous post.
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Gaz

20 months ago
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Yeah, I'd love to see this. The original Matrix film is probably better though.
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Anonymous user #2

19 months ago
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you mean dark city?
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TheDocofEternal

19 months ago
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Was this confirmed for a 2003 airdate? Any narrowed down month?
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Angry75501

19 months ago
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It could be at least anywhere between July 20th, 2002 and December 31st, 2003 because July 20th, 2002 is when Jimmy Neutron season one started airing on Nick, and this short came before a Jimmy Neutron episode, and the Nicktoons promo that you can see in the first post of the /co/ thread, which I'll put on the LMW page so it's easier to get to, came out in 2003, but it doesn't say specifically when.
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Katli10

18 months ago
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Maybe this can't be found anywhere due to copyright with the real Matrix. However, if it is a parody than it is protected under the Fair Use law. Another theory is that Nick pulled and archived this because of embarrassment. Take a look at the art style. It doesn't look like traditional Spongebob, it looks fanmade. That's my two cents on this.
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Angry75501

18 months ago
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Well, like you said, WB can't sue because of Fair Use, so that can't be the case. We also know that there's clips of the short from a 2003 Nicktoons bumper (it's in the references list on this page. It's labeled "2"), so it can't be fan-made, though the art style does seem to look more like the early 2000s Spongebob video games, which would make sense, because the short was also released at this time. Your second theory about Nick archiving the short seems very plausible, though there could be more reasons that just embarrassment. We do know for a fact that this short has to have been aired at least once because of the before-mentioned Nicktoons bumper.
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Anonymous user #3

16 months ago
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I think I saw this in 2003 it was poorly animated even for the time
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Anonymous user #4

16 months ago
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Wait. Where's the nicktoons video? Did it got deleted?
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Angry75501

15 months ago
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It's number 2 in the references.
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Anonymous user #5

16 months ago
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i remember seeing this on an old VHS tape when i recorded it years ago,but it was gone in a flood
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IAmJefferson 2001

15 months ago
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Were waiting for the entire short
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Anonymous user #6

13 months ago
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Is this fake?
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Anonymous user #7

13 months ago
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NO.
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Nodog

13 months ago
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Nope. Keep in mind that Vincent Waller didn't do much at Nickelodeon during 2002-2004, so he'll probably remember nothing about this.
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Anonymous user #8

13 months ago
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It's fake
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TheYoshiState

13 months ago
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If it was fake, then those screenshots wouldn't even exist.
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Aranea

13 months ago
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Surely you've heard of Photoshop? :P
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Aranea

13 months ago
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Never mind, read the article. But it's odd for something like this to have gone missing.

Maybe it's an unlockable in one of the video games?
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MattBoo

13 months ago
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https://www....=k5meHJuhxH8

Found more footage (albeit without sound).
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CartoonFan18

13 months ago
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i found this video link: https://www....=NR1qvrwYt2A
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KaiserHyperionofTeutonica

8 months ago
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The ones with sound are fake. They are taken from Goopy Rossi's compilation.

So we are yet to still find them.
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LiveWire

7 months ago
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I think is a fake trailer, like The Amazing World of Gumball did some years ago, it could be a promo for the short?
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Anonymous user #9

6 months ago
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I hope the full thing get found
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Anonymous user #10

6 months ago
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Vincent Waller said it was fake on his Twitter.
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Anonymous user #11

6 months ago
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Not the entire short though, just the myth of the short being 10 minutes long rather than 30 seconds.
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Jammer

6 months ago
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Yeah, he said he did not know of it, not that it was fake. Vincent Waller left the SB crew in 2000 and returned in 2005, so he would never have known about this short. Also, the AWE Games animator mentioned that the SB writing crew isn't involved in channel bumpers or video games.
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Anonymous user #11

6 months ago
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At the end of the day, I am glad that this short was actually real and something worth searching for, unlike -glares madly- A Day with SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie which has never actually been produced and never will be judging how a Kickstarter for it hasn't happened.
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Stelluna

6 months ago
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Vailskibum94 made a 2nd video, seen here: https://www....=zzQpJC6XuIo
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Anonymous user #12

6 months ago
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Edit this page 'cause the clip uploaded on this page is technically the full short. The short was never 10 minutes and like I said, the clip on here is the full short.
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Kobochat

6 months ago
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We did update the page. Did you read it?
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Anonymous user #13

6 months ago
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But it still says "Partially found".
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Ryanskii

6 months ago
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The original audio is still missing

hence why it is still partially found
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Anonymous user #14

6 months ago
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True dat
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Anonymous user #13

2 months ago
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NOW it's found.
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Ryanskii

2 months ago
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Nope, it might be still lost

The audio might not be official
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Anonymous user #13

2 months ago
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True.
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Anonymous user #13

2 months ago
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We need to ask Randy Gossman if this is the official audio. If that article he wrote was still up.
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Anonymous user #15

5 months ago
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I wonder why nobody has found this. Probally cuz its FAKE!
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Anonymous user #16

5 months ago
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no, because it was found and proven to be the entire short BEFORE YOU COMMENTED!
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Anonymous user #14

5 months ago
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OOOOH!! SICK BURN!!
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Anonymous user #17

4 months ago
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It was confirmed by Randy Gossman, an animator of the Employee of the Month team. All the video has been found, but the audio is still lost.
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Anonymous user #18

4 months ago
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I found the full short. -Suneohone2002 on Wikia
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EssentialBiscuit

4 months ago
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Proof?
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Happy Brian

2 months ago
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The real lost audio to this short has finally been found by YouTube user TPM 411: https://www....=TN7ZG3mJRvo

Thanks for uploading it and giving it a mention in Chattango!
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Anonymous user #13

2 months ago
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I'm not too sure if it's official or not.
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Anonymous user #13

2 months ago
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Nevermind. It is.
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IAmAHumanPerson

2 months ago
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Is there actually any way to be sure it's official, though? Their description of how they got it seems very sketchy to me, and it's really weird that they felt the need to say, "Keep in mind when I recorded the video the search had yet to start so it would be unlikely for someone to fake this." That's obviously completely irrelevant. Unless it had been sitting as an unlisted YouTube video all this time so we could see the upload date, we have no proof that they actually did record it when they're claiming they did.

But here's the thing. Their description of how they found it DOES in fact give a possible out for how they could prove it. They say they had it up on Google Drive all this time and only just now retrieved it. I'm not saying whether they *should* do it or not, but IF they shared the link to the actual Drive file, it would be possible to download it and look at the metadata to see if it was really created that long ago or not. That's the only option I could see for getting a reasonable level of assurance of its authenticity, short of having someone involved in the creation of the short itself confirm it.
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IAmAHumanPerson

2 months ago
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If this gets changed back to "Found" again, I won't revert it again, but my concerns about the authenticity still stand. The audio seems like something that would be very easy to fake, so it really shouldn't be considered "Found" without being sure it's definitely real. I still remember when people were posting fake stuff claiming to be from A Day with SpongeBob SquarePants and no one believed that stuff to be real without proof, so why should this be any different?
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IAmAHumanPerson

2 months ago
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Okay, now this seems even sketchier. Given that the uploader has deleted the comment asking them how they found it as well as their description of how they found it, I have basically no faith that this could be real now. I may have to retract my comment saying I wouldn't revert a "Found" status. Here's what it said before they deleted it:

How did I find it? It was sometime back in the early 2010's when I was a small child surfing the internet for full episodes of SpongeBob. I stumbled across the video with the audio on some website. I don't remember what the website was but upon seeing the video I used my screen recording software to film the video. I uploaded it to Google Drive where it remained for years and didn't know it was lost until watching Vailskibum94's video about it. I retrieved the video and uploaded it to YouTube. My video recorder at the time wasn't the best as the volume is distorted at one point, the audio is a bit off sync and pretty loud but other than that it looks exactly how I found it. Not sure if the video was uploaded by a member of the Employee of the Month team or by someone else who managed to obtain it one way or another but that is all I can remember. This was years ago so if there was any inaccuracies I apologize.

P.S: Keep in mind when I recorded the video the search had yet to start so it would be unlikely for someone to fake this.


Nevertheless, that being said, I'm still willing to change my mind and believe it's real if it can be confirmed somehow.
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IAmAHumanPerson

2 months ago
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Scratch that. I retract this comment and I sincerely apologize for the error. I didn't realize the video link included in the article had been changed. They actually didn't delete the comment after all - it was just a different upload of the video.
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Anonymous user #19

2 months ago
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What are you talking about the comment is still there as well as the description.
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Anonymous user #19

2 months ago
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Okay nevermind
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IAmAHumanPerson

2 months ago
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Yeah, I should have paid more attention, I guess. I didn't notice there were two uploads of the video, and the second one was what I saw that time. I actually posted another comment retracting this one right before you posted that comment. I still think the authenticity of the video seems highly questionable, but I'm sincerely sorry for accusing them of deleting the description if nothing else.
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Anonymous user #19

2 months ago
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Okay nevermind
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KPEX

2 months ago
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Not sure if the audio is official. It sounds like someone searched for SpongeBob music and sound effects and slapped them onto the clip.

Then again, the short is pretty poorly made, so there's a chance that the audio is official, but I'm still skeptical.
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Anonymous user #13

2 months ago
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Yeah. We have to ask Randy Gossman if it's official.
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TPM411

2 months ago
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Hey guys, TPM411 here! Many people think that my video is sketchy or fake as I have no proof it's the real audio. That part is true as I did find the video years ago not knowing who uploaded it. Some people thought my description of finding this video is sketchy. One thing people thought was sketchy was that fact I said "Keep in mind when I recorded the video the search had yet to start so it would be unlikely for someone to fake this." I understand why people would find that sketchy thinking I it's not relevant, but I was just trying to give people a better idea of when I found the video as I didn't know when the search started. I didn't read the article until just yesterday. I think it's best to email Randy and see what he thinks. If the video is fake maybe Randy will release the real audio instead. Hope this clears things up. If you have any more questions reply to this comment.
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Tomysshadow

2 months ago
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I like to give people the benefit of doubt and I want to thank you for the find - but I have a number of reasons to be suspicious of your upload.

1. The video is the same quality as the one in the previously found demo reel but smaller. I expected the blurry letters in the title at the beginning were because of the poor quality of the demo reel video, and that in reality they aren't that blurry and compressed. In your upload, they still are. Not definitive evidence, but it looks like the existing found video could've been just shrunken.

2. You mention that you used a recording software to capture the video on the page. Why then is the video letterboxed? I would expect from a video recorder that either: a) the video is a perfect fit to its container, or b) the capture area wasn't perfectly fit to the video and the video player and website containing the video would be seen - instead of black bars.

3. The audio seems very amateur. I know that the entire video seems cheap, but why would a screen recorder be able to record the audio fine at most points, but only the sound effects are distorted? The screen recorder can't tell the difference between the sound effects and the rest of the audio. How are the sound effects out of sync if it's exactly the same length as the video and starts at the same time?

4. What incentive did you have to put the file on Google Drive instead of keeping it on your hard drive? And did Google Drive even exist at the time? This clip is estimated to be from 2002, 2003... Google Docs, the initial version of Google Drive, didn't exist until years later.

All of this can be easily dismissed as circumstantial evidence, but it's enough to make me skeptical.
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Happy Brian

2 months ago
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I admire you TPM 411 for your honesty and admitting that the video you uploaded might not be the real thing. Honesty is the best thing to do in a time of mass suspicion instead of lashing out at people for not believing in what you say.

There is still hope on finding the real audio, though, and talking to anyone on the animation team (including Randy Gossman) is the best way to go right now.
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TPM411

2 months ago
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@Tommyshadow

1. All I can say is the uploader had a lower quality video visually. Or it might have something to do with my video recorder at the time. Take a very close look the Spongebob segments. they are a little more blurry than the original. It's not just the intro.

2. I was an amateur at recording videos. Or my video recorder restricted how big/small it can be. Can't remember. This was years ago and I've removed the software since.

3. I blasted the audio to make sure my screen recorder would here it. The audio got too loud at one point it got distorted. This was a free screen recording software so it's performance was pretty poor. It had trouble picking up audio.

4. I found the video in the late 2010s. Not the early 2000s. I put it on Google Drive later on when I was running out of space on my computer.

@Brain

Thanks. I'm surprised people aren't giving me more questions. I thought at this point I would be taking an essay or something to prove myself lol.
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Anonymous user #20

2 months ago
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Has anyone e-mailed Randy Gossman yet?
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TPM411

2 months ago
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Yeah, I thought we would have an answer by now.
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KPEX

2 months ago
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Still no word on whether or not the audio is official?
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Anonymous user #13

2 months ago
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Nope. Somebody NEEDS to e-mail Randy Gossman and ask him!!!
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Ryanskii

2 months ago
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The audio is not real. TPM411 is a previously known nortious banned user on this website who either fakes his media or steals found media by other uploaders by mirroring them on YouTube or other sites.

Sorry guys but yea, it was fake. Sorry for the people (including myself) for thinking it was real.
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Anonymous user #13

2 months ago
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.................................................well, sh*t!!!
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KPEX

2 months ago
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Well I'll be fricked.
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Anonymous user #13

2 months ago
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So the audio is fake. BIG WHOP!!!! We can still ask Randy Gossman if he has the original audio.
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Ryanskii

2 months ago
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Yea, I think he said he didn't have it
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Anonymous user #13

2 months ago
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FUDGIN' WHAT?!?! MAN am I having a bad day!!!
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Anonymous user #13

2 months ago
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We'll have to dig deeper and ask Goopy Rossi if he has it!!
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Anonymous user #21

2 months ago
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The music in the clip is just stock spongebob music it sucks the original audio is gone :/
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Anonymous user #13

2 months ago
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We have to get Goopy Rossi's e-mail and ask if he has the original audio.
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Anonymous user #22

2 months ago
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You emailed him that's cool can't wait for a response
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Anonymous user #13

2 months ago
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No, no, no. I never said I e-mailed him. I said that somebody else needs to e-mail him.
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Anonymous user #23

2 months ago
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Oh.
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Anonymous user #23

2 months ago
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null
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Anonymous user #13

2 months ago
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null
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Anonymous user #13

1 months ago
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Any news?
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Anonymous user #23

1 months ago
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Well, this search is dead.
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Happy Brian

1 months ago
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This search is inactive for now. We don't have any news or any positive leads on finding the real lost audio. Unless someone comes forward to watching the Nicktoons Network back in 2003, there is nothing to do really but just hope and wait.
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Anonymous user #13

1 months ago
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Oh. I think the best way to get the original audio is by e-mailing Goopy Rossi. (If we could find his e-mail.
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Anonymous user #24

1 months ago
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There are two possibilities of obtaining the original audio:

1. E-mailing Goopy Rossi about it

2. Contacting someone who recorded it on Nicktoons.
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Anonymous user #23

1 months ago
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Is anybody even trying to e-mail Goopy Rossi?
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