SpongeBob SquarePants (partially lost deleted scenes of Nickelodeon animated series; 1999-present)
SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series that premiered on May 1st, 1999 on Nickelodeon. The series depicts the adventures of its title character, Spongebob Squarepants, a child-like sponge living in the fictional city of Bikini Bottom.
The series was a massive success and continues to air new episodes to this day, and has generated over 8 billion dollars in revenue for Nickelodeon. However, several scenes and bits have been deleted or edited from episodes, with these scenes becoming obscure over time.
Deleted Scenes[edit | edit source]
Arrgh![edit | edit source]
Right after SpongeBob says, "Hey! Mr. Krabs is getting all sweaty again!", There was a deleted scene that shows a vision of Mr. Krabs sitting atop of & sniffing a pile of treasure. Sherm Cohen, a writer/storyboard supervisor, posted a storyboard of the deleted scene on his DeviantArt account, proving that it indeed exists.
Artist Unknown[edit | edit source]
As seen in early production material, the infamous Bold and Brash painting was supposed to be more fish-like in terms of its design than what was seen in the final episode.
Christmas Who?[edit | edit source]
This episode has three deleted scenes:
- Originally, Squidward (as Santa) gave the first girl a topiary shaped like him instead of a wrench.
- After Santa (Squidward) gave the first girl her present, SpongeBob said: "I told ya he was real!".
- Mr. Krabs originally said, "And don't forget about me, Pony!" while waiting for Santa.
All of these scenes were removed for reasons that so far remain unknown.
Doing Time[edit | edit source]
In the end credits of this episode, Tom Kenny is credited for providing the voice of Mrs. Puff's dad, despite this character making no appearance in the episode (or in the series as a whole). No details are known as to the contents of the scene featuring this character, other than the fact that the scene was cut after Kenny's dialogue had already been recorded.
Dying for Pie[edit | edit source]
The storyboard has a scene where SpongeBob is plugging up Squidward's heart during the surgery gag, and SpongeBob introduces Squidward to a random office worker.
Feral Friends[edit | edit source]
In the online rough storyboard, there was a scene with Plankton turning into actual plankton before getting squished. When asked why the scene was cut, Vincent Waller stated it was for time.
Frankendoodle[edit | edit source]
Status: Existence Unconfirmed
Patrick was originally supposed to say SpongeBob's drawing was "lower middle class." Still, that line was changed to "lacks basic construction," possibly for it being a very out-of-character thing for Patrick to say.
Graveyard Shift[edit | edit source]
In the special features of the Sponge Buddies DVD, you can find a storyboard of the episode which features a deleted scene. In the scene, it shows SpongeBob deliver mail to "Floorboard Harry." Also, Floorboard Harry was originally the one flickering the lights, not Nosferatu.
Nasty Patty[edit | edit source]
An early workprint of Nasty Patty was found on a SpongeBob production CD at a thrift store by LMW user "milk tea" and his friend. It contains a completely different opening and ending, complete with scratch voices.
Help Wanted[edit | edit source]
Status: Partially Found
The original 1997 version had a different opening and credits; this cut can be found online and on the Best of Nicktoons 1998 VHS. Additionally, the 2007 book Not Just Cartoons! Nicktoons! contains a screenshot of a deleted storyboard where Gary eats some cactus.
The original audio where the titular character is called "SpongeBoy" is currently lost, and only a few storyboard panels are currently available.
I Was a Teenage Gary[edit | edit source]
Status: Non-Existence Confirmed
This episode was notorious for scaring children because of the scene that shows SpongeBob's seemingly painful and grotesque transformation into a snail. For years, there were rumours that in the original airing, there was an extra scene that depicted Squidward's transformation as well but was cut in re-runs due to being too scary to children.
A common piece of "evidence" for this supposed deleted scene is that there is an odd transition placed when Squidward gets hit with the needle, which immediately cuts to him being a snail. Some say that this is a remnant of the edit, though others disregard this as just poor transition placement. Some also say that the episode still airs in its original version in Poland, but this was later proven to be false, as The Polish airing of this episode was found on a website that hosts Polish dubs of children shows and movies. This website did not include the scene in question. Some even claimed to have footage of the missing scene.
On June 12th, 2016, YouTuber 90sGiveMeGoosebumps uploaded a video containing proof that this scene is fake. He insists that this is from the original airing, and he also claims to have more SpongeBob Squarepants Season One premieres on VHS tapes.
90sGiveMeGoosebumps has also dumped the whole premiere of "Scaredy Pants"/"I Was A Teenage Gary" onto multiple file-sharing sites, permanently debunking the theory about the scene.
As a further piece of evidence, current showrunner Vincent Waller confirmed that the so-called deleted scene was never drawn in the storyboard of this episode.
Jellyfishing[edit | edit source]
An upshot of Squidward's house was made but never used in the episode.
Jellyfish Hunter[edit | edit source]
The infamous "MORE!" scene was meant to have more grotesque closeups of Mr. Krabs but was cut. It is unknown if these made it past the storyboard phase.
Just One Bite[edit | edit source]
There was a cut scene near the end of this episode. During the scene, Squidward is attempting to break into the Krusty Krab. As he walks into the building, he sets off their "security system" (a bucket of gasoline and a lit match), causing a massive explosion and leaving him charred black, and doing it again when he walks into the kitchen. Some claim that the sequence was cut sometime during 2002, while others claim that it was cut after its first airing for unknown reasons. The version that is currently shown on TV and on home media releases replaced the scenes with a slide/zoom cut to Squidward in the kitchen without any burns. However, there is another edited version that retained the first but not the second gas explosion.
It is commonly assumed that the cut was made because of 9/11. However, this is false as the episode aired a month after the attacks, yet the sequence was still included. Vincent Waller later confirmed the scene was changed because Nickelodeon doesn't tolerate stunts involving igniting the gas. This scene is still intact in Canadian, Korean and Bulgarian airings of this episode and on the VideoNow version. The scene can easily be found on YouTube.
Karate Choppers[edit | edit source]
According to the season 1 DVD commentary, this episode originally had a scene that showed Sandy karate-chopping a fish in the groin. This scene was cut for being deemed inappropriate.
It is also noteworthy that this episode, along with the episode "SB-129," was removed from rotation sometime in the early 2000s for unknown reasons, though they have since returned.
Karate Island[edit | edit source]
The dedication card to Pat Morita (who voiced Master Udon in the episode) at the end was also removed after the Best Day Ever marathon, most likely because of the sudden appearance of Pat Morita's face. The dedication card scene, however, is still seen on YTV, Nickelodeon Asia, DVD, older episode recordings and on YouTube.
Life of Crime[edit | edit source]
In the storyboards of this episode, the scene of SpongeBob and Patrick imagining all the fun they'll have with the balloon was replaced with them playing a game with it involving numerous sharp objects. This was likely changed due to the juxtaposition of the balloon popping following the former seeming funnier to the writers.
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy[edit | edit source]
There was a background painting of a cherry pie made but not used.
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II[edit | edit source]
Status: Partially Found
Storyboard artist Jay Lender shared storyboards of several deleted scenes from Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II.
The first deleted scene shows SpongeBob's Krabby Patty statues of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy getting eating by the judges. According to Jay, Stephen Hillenburg told him that the Krabby Patty statues were a funny enough visual and to "not put a gag on a gag." The host was also an animated background character design instead of the realistic fish head. Numerous pieces of production art of this scene have popped up on eBay and other various websites, implying this scene may have been fully animated before getting cut.
A second deleted scene involved SpongeBob, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy looking at a dam and SpongeBob pulling out the plug, causing a flood. No production material of this scene has been found, so it may not have been animated.
A third deleted scene had the three stopping a bank robber. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy try to stop the robber with a water ball but accidentally hit SpongeBob, causing him to absorb the water and crush them. Background of the Bikini Bottom First Nautical Bank was found, meaning this scene could've been animated.
A fourth deleted scene had Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy using their gadgets to close the door of a jewelry store, but SpongeBob accidentally breaks the window. Three background paintings of this scene have been found. Interestingly, the jewelry store would later be used in the season 10 episode "Whirlybrains" as well as the video game SpongeBob SquarePants: Employee of the Month.
Two other backgrounds exist, one clearly meant for the scene where Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy fight their cardboard cutout enemies and an upshot of a tower.
Pizza Delivery[edit | edit source]
There were two background paintings created for the Krusty Krab's open and closed signs. There was also a shot with the Krusty Krab clock.
Plankton![edit | edit source]
According to the Season 1 DVD commentary, there was originally a scene in this episode that depicted Squidward naked but was cut for obvious reasons (even though Squidward is seen naked in other episodes).
Prehibernation Week[edit | edit source]
According to the Season 2 DVD commentary, during the scene when Sandy is raking leaves, she originally was meant to make the symbol for "Girl Power," but it was changed to "Texas." Sandy also originally did a whole dance routine when she was stepping on the leaves, but it was cut due to time constraints.
This episode also had an alternate ending that was replaced for unknown reasons; instead of SpongeBob laughing when he realized Sandy went into hibernation, he said: "Why I oughta!".
Procrastination[edit | edit source]
There are three deleted scenes in this episode—these scenes aired in the US until 2005 when they were cut from all other airings afterward. The first scene shows SpongeBob looking out the window and seeing all his friends outside. He sees Patrick rubbing sunscreen on Sandy. The next scene right after that is SpongeBob imagining a live-action car crash. The last scene was him doing callisthenics. These scenes are on the season 2 DVD, the Christmas DVD, and on YouTube; they are also still on Canadian television airings.
It's still unknown why these scenes were removed in US airings. Some say they were cut for time reasons, while others say they were due to their content.
Starting from October of 2019, Nickelodeon started airing reruns of the episode, which include the deleted scenes. on the Nicktoons channel. These versions of the scenes were also upscaled to HD to match the rest of the episode.
Sailor Mouth[edit | edit source]
According to the Season 2 DVD commentary for this episode, there was originally a scene where SpongeBob says to Patrick, "Go *dolphin noise* yourself" (Go f**k yourself) to which Patrick replies, "*dolphin noise* you too!" (F**k you too!). It was cut for being inappropriate for children, despite the rest of the episode is full of dialogue similar to this. It was possible this was because it was upfront profanity instead of the random nonsensical use of the dolphin noise in the episode (as it might lead one to believe that it sounded too much like the F word).
Additionally, a version of the episode is purported to exist where numerous characters actually swear, though the only evidence of such is an anecdote given by Tom Kenny at a convention panel.
Scaredy Pants[edit | edit source]
There was a close-up painting of SpongeBob with his brain exposed created, but it wasn't used in the episode.
Sleepy Time[edit | edit source]
A cell using the background of Pearl's room was found on eBay, suggesting there was once a shot of Pearl sleeping in her room.
Something Smells[edit | edit source]
According to the Season 2 DVD commentary, after SpongeBob and Patrick hugged Squidward and ran away at the end of the episode, Squidward was supposed to say, "Ugly and smelly, two for one," but this was cut due to the whole screen fading to black at the end, so the dialogue wasn't needed.
Suds[edit | edit source]
A cel of Dr. Patrick with a briefcase not seen in the final cut was found on eBay. There was also a painted closeup of one of SpongeBob's plugged holes but is not used in the episode. It can be seen on a set of trading cards from 2003.
Survival of the Idiots[edit | edit source]
According to the season 2 DVD commentary, there was originally a scene featuring Sandy's bed hanging from the ceiling of the Treedome, with much more saliva/drool than was seen in the final episode. Additionally, the DVD commentary also states that the original title for this episode was "Survival of the Morons."
Tea at the Treedome[edit | edit source]
In the assets for the video game SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge, an alternate title card can be found for this episode that features yellow outlined red text and a different background. This is the only place this title card can be found, as it was never broadcast on television or released on home media.
Additionally, early broadcasts and home media releases of the episode credited Edgar Larrazábal as the animation director. The credit was altered to attribute animation direction to Tom Yasumi in later releases.
Texas[edit | edit source]
In the scene when SpongeBob doesn't want Sandy to leave before following her to the bus, there were several frames of anticipation cut. Cels and sketches have appeared on eBay. Twitter user LarryInc64 attempted to recreate the scene using the material found.
The Great Snail Race[edit | edit source]
Status: Existence Unconfirmed
There was originally a scene that showed Sandy getting arrested for kicking SpongeBob's bottom. This scene was cut possibly to save time.
The Secret Box[edit | edit source]
Status: Existence Unconfirmed
Many people online claim to have seen a picture of SpongeBob with a lampshade over his head or a picture of SpongeBob in his underwear when Patrick reveals the embarrassing photo of SpongeBob during the original airing and the first re-runs.
Interestingly, the photo in the box was actually revealed in a SpongeBob book released sometime after the episode, and it seems to match the second description from above.
However, Wiki user Sloucher112 claims to remember a photo matching the first description:
"It showed SpongeBob passed-out drunk on a table wearing a Christmas sweater and a lampshade on his head surrounded by cartons of eggnog. You could also see Sandy and Squidward giggling in the background."
Since there is currently no footage of the picture, it is unknown if either claim is true.
The Snowball Effect[edit | edit source]
Former supervising director Adam Paloian tweeted a background and storyboard panel of a deleted scene depicting a snowman torture room in Squidward's fortress. It was likely cut for being too graphic.
To Love a Patty[edit | edit source]
Originally, SpongeBob was going to be near-naked in bed with Patty, which was cut due to being inappropriate for children. Also, in the storyboards, SpongeBob was seen wearing his outfit and wig from "The Chaperone."
Welcome to the Chum Bucket[edit | edit source]
According to the Season 2 DVD commentary, there was originally a scene that showed Plankton taking out SpongeBob's brain before putting it in the robot.
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V[edit | edit source]
There were several scenes deleted in order to reduce the episode's running time, as it supposedly going to be a double-length episode, these include: Mermaid Man using his "telescope-vision," a press conference with E.V.I.L, the ice cream truck becoming a "Miss Thang" robot, a fish defeating Miss Thang with a disguise, SpongeBob rejoicing over the Mermalair's secret entrance, the real I.J.L.S.A dying in a plane explosion, Patrick armpit-farting, The Quickster's original name: The Whizzer, Captain Magma skywriting, the Whizzer causing a tornado, Miss Appear being run over by a car, the Elastic Waistband being caught in the tornado and being defeated, and Mermaid Man's telescope-vision malfunctioning. These all can be found on the Fear of a Krabby Patty DVD.
See Also[edit | edit source]
- A Day With SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie (unproduced unauthorized direct-to-DVD mockumentary film; 2011)
- Astrology with Squidward (found series of "Spongebob Squarepants" animated shorts; 2000s)
- SpongeBob Cartoon Creator (partially found original version of Flash game; 2008-2013)
- SpongeBob: Re-Hydrated (partially lost "SpongeBob SquarePants" animated short; 2003)
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Ain't Life a Beach (partially found Nickelodeon press kit; 1999)
- SpongeBob SquarePants and the Nicktoons Gravjet Racing (lost build of cancelled Xbox Live Arcade racing game; 2009)
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Happiness Squared (lost video game based on SpongeBob SquarePants; late 2000s)
- SpongeBob SquarePants Saves the Krusty Krab 3D (found computer game; 2002)
- SpongeBob SquarePants "Shanghaied/You Wish" (lost English audio from alternate "Patchy the Pirate" segments; 2001)
- SpongeBob SquarePants "SpaceBob InvaderPants/Krabs' Army" (unfinished episodes of Nickelodeon animated series; 2015)
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Underpants Slam (found Xbox Live Arcade game; 2007)
- SpongeBob SquarePants "War Blowers" (found full version of animated series music; 1999)
- SpongeBob's Truth or Square (found Nick Arcade party game; 2009)
- SpongeBob Town (lost build of cancelled massively multiplayer online game based on Nickelodeon animated TV series; 2012)
External Links[edit | edit source]
- The MEGA link to the premiere of "Scaredy Pants"/"I Was A Teenage Gary." Retrieved 18 Oct '16
- The Mediafire link to the premiere of "Scaredy Pants"/"I Was A Teenage Gary." Retrieved 18 Oct '16
References[edit | edit source]
- A storyboard of the deleted scene on his DeviantArt account. Retrieved 25 Sept '15
- A storyboard of some deleted scenes of the episode "Graveyard Shift." Retrieved 28 May '16
- Tweet from Vincent Waller confirming the nonexistence of such storyboards. Retrieved 04 Apr '20
- Jay Lender's Twitter post showing the storyboards of deleted scenes. Retrieved 23 Aug '19
- Jay Lender's Twitter post showing the patty statue scene. Retrieved 23 Aug '19
- A DeviantArt post to the SpongeBob picture. Retrieved 24 Aug '15
- Adam Paloian's Twitter post showcasing the background. Retrieved 28 Jun '18