SpongeBob: Re-Hydrated (Lost 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Animated Short; 2003)


SpongeBob: Re-Hydrated
Screenshot from the Vimeo video
Screenshot from the Vimeo video
Status Partially Found

SpongeBob: Re-Hydrated (formerly thought to be called The Spongetrix) is a lost SpongeBob short that aired on Nicktoons in 2003. So far, it is known to be apparently a parody of The Matrix Reloaded. According to an anon on a /co/ thread[1] who claims to have the short on a VHS tape, the short lasted 10 minutes and came before an episode of Jimmy Neutron. Only two screenshots have surfaced onto the internet from a Nicktoons promo bumper[2] in 2003, though it's not known when in that year.

EDIT: The original /co/ thread was deleted, but since the reference link is from Desustorage, an archival site for /co/ and threads from other 4chan boards, it can still be viewed from the link that's posted.

EDIT 3/19/16: There's a new thread[3] about this short on the Spongebuddy Mania forums that was created three days ago, but there hasn't been any useful information there.

EDIT 4/29/2016: Found a clip of the short in Goopy Rossi's Vimeo account, along with a Jimmy Neutron promo.

Yet Another Edit: The VHS Guy uploaded more footage of the short, albeit with no sound. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5meHJuhxH8

Wow! Another Edit: Em50 and SomeSponge553 uploaded the footage above with sound. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=edCBgRlj62A https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gYubOqqkS-c

Images

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References

1. https://desuarchive.org/co/thread/79291814/

2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR1qvrwYt2A

3. http://www.sbmania.net/forums/topic/52315-the-spongetrix-2003-nicktoon-short/

4: http://archive.org/details/vimeo-63021293

Comments


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Kaiju

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

9 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

9 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

9 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

9 months ago
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you mean dark city?
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TheDocofEternal

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

8 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

8 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

8 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

6 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

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

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

5 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

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

3 months ago
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Is this fake?
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Anonymous user #7

3 months ago
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NO.
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Nodog

3 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

3 months ago
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It's fake
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TheYoshiState

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

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

3 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

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

Found more footage (albeit without sound).
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CartoonFan18

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