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


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 Jimmy Neutron VHS. 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 were 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 Despite containing a good deal of outdated information and inaccuracies, the video revived interest in the short, and later that day animator Randy Gossman posted a public message to the wiki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. This audio has yet to be found.

Gallery

Mirror of the full short, albeit with generic audio.
Vailskibum94's video on the short (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. Randy Gossman's blog post on the short Retrieved 15 Apr '17.

Comments


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Kaiju

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

14 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

14 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

14 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

13 months ago
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you mean dark city?
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TheDocofEternal

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

13 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

13 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

13 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

10 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

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

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

10 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

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

8 months ago
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Is this fake?
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Anonymous user #7

8 months ago
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NO.
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Nodog

8 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

8 months ago
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It's fake
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TheYoshiState

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

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

8 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

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

Found more footage (albeit without sound).
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CartoonFan18

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

2 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

1 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

20 days ago
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I hope the full thing get found
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Anonymous user #10

12 days ago
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Vincent Waller said it was fake on his Twitter.
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Anonymous user #11

12 days 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

12 days 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

12 days 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

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

10 days 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

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

8 days ago
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But it still says "Partially found".
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Mynameismeh

8 days 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

7 days ago
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True dat
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