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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''. According to an anon on a /co/ thread[https://desustorage.org/co/thread/79291814/ [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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR1qvrwYt2A [2]] in 2003, though it's not known when in that year.
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'''''SpongeBob: Re-Hydrated''''' (not to be confused with the similarly titled remake of the video game ''SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom'') is a CGI-animated ''SpongeBob SquarePants'' short that 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.
  
EDIT: The original /co/ thread was deleted, but since the reference link is from Desustorage, an archival site for /co/ and threads from some other 4chan boards, it can still be viewed from the link that's posted.
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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.
  
EDIT 3/19/16: There's a new thread[http://www.sbmania.net/forums/topic/52315-the-spongetrix-2003-nicktoon-short/ [3]] about this short on the Spongebuddy Mania forums that was created three days ago, but there hasn't been any replies to it so far. Hopefully we might get some more information there.
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==History==
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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.<ref>[http://desuarchive.org/co/thread/79291814/ Archive of the original /co/ thread.] Retrieved 15 Apr '17</ref>
  
==Images==
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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 Nick Digital animator Goopy Rossi. It revealed the actual title of the short as ''Spongebob: Re-Hydrated'', and also confirmed the connection with ''The Matrix Reloaded''.
[[File:Screenshot 1 of 2.png]]
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Screenshot 1 of 2
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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 was given a link to a low-quality wiki page that claimed the short to be a full 2017 episode. Vincent even accused it of being "bogus" before going back and admitting that he knew nothing about the short, and was simply saying so because it looked "weak" in terms of animation (having been led to believe it was made in 2017 and not 2003).<ref>[https://twitter.com/VincentWaller72/status/769748277906452488 Tweet from Vincent Waller.] Retrieved 15 Apr '17</ref><ref>[https://twitter.com/VincentWaller72/status/769949642150727680 Tweet from Vincent Waller.] Retrieved 26 Feb '18</ref>
[[File:Screenshot 2 of 2.png]]
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Screenshot 2 of 2
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==Status==
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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 15th, 2017, YouTuber Vailskibum created a video on the topic. Despite containing a good deal of outdated information and inaccuracies, the video revived interest in the short. Later that day, animator Randy Gossman posted a public message to the Encyclopedia SpongeBobia Wiki to clarify these rumors.
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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 available.<ref>[http://archive.is/9V3cf Mirror of Randy Gossman's blog post on the short.] Retrieved 15 Apr '17</ref>
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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.<ref>[https://prnt.sc/ewullp Screenshot of a comment from Gossman, originally posted on the blog post.] Retrieved 15 Apr '17</ref> This audio has yet to be found.
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==Gallery==
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  |description2 =Vailskibum's video on the subject.
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  |description3 =Vailskibum's follow-up video on the subject.
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  |description4 =TheGamerFromMars' video on the subject.
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==See Also==
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===SpongeBob SquarePants===
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*[[Astrology with Squidward (found series of "SpongeBob SquarePants" Nickelodeon animated shorts; early 2000s)]]
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*[[A Day With SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie (non-existent unauthorized direct-to-DVD mockumentary film; 2011)]]
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*[[SpongeBob SquarePants (lost animated Got Milk? TV commercial featuring Nickelodeon characters; 2001)]]
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*[[SpongeBob SquarePants (partially lost deleted scenes of Nickelodeon animated series; 1999-present)]]
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*[[SpongeBob SquarePants "Sailor Mouth" (lost uncensored version of Nickelodeon animated series episode; 2001)]]
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*[[SpongeBob SquarePants "Shanghaied/You Wish" (lost English audio from alternate "Patchy the Pirate" segments of Nickelodeon animated series episode; 2001)]]
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*[[SpongeBob SquarePants "SpaceBob InvaderPants/Krabs' Army" (lost production material of cancelled Nickelodeon animated series episodes; 2015)]]
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*[[War Blowers (found full version of "SpongeBob SquarePants" production music; 1999)]]
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===Anthology and Short Series===
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*[[Attack of the Giant Vulture (found Nickelodeon short film; 1998)]]
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*[[Balinese Slapping Fish (partially lost Nickelodeon Australia animated short series; 1998)]]
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*[[Bobby the Lizard Boy (found Nickelodeon animated short; 2000)]]
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*[[Gordon Bleugh! (found Nickelodeon animated short series; early 2000s)]]
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*[[ICarly at the 2008 Kids Choice Awards (found Nickelodeon promotional short web series; 2008)]]
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*[[Leader Dog (partially lost Nickelodeon animated short series; 2004)]]
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*[[Making Fiends (partially lost promotional shorts for Nickelodeon animated series based on web series; 2008)]]
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*[[Meet The Moores (partially found British Nicktoons animated short series; 2002-2003)]]
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*[[Nick Studio 10 (partially found Nickelodeon channel block; 2013)]]
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*[[Nickelodeon Blimp (found Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards animated short; 2005-2007)]]
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*[[Oh Yeah! Cartoons (found Nickelodeon animated anthology series; 1998-2001)]]
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*[[Schoolyard Safari (found Nickelodeon short series; 2002-2003)]]
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*[[Tortellini Western (partially found Nickelodeon animated short series; 2004)]]
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*[[A Very Aggressive Vegetable (partially lost Nickelodeon Australia animated short series; 1998)]]
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===Bumpers and Promos===
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*[[101% Whizbang! with Henry & June (partially found Nickelodeon channel block; 1999)]]
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*[[Blood and Guts (partially found Nickelodeon bumpers; 2000s)]]
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*[[HaHa Nick (lost Chinese block of Nickelodeon shows; 2005-2007)]]
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*[[Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (partially found TV promos for Nickelodeon animated film and TV series; 2001–2002)]]
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*[[Nickelodeon (partially found idents and bumpers from TV channel; 1979-present)]]
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*[[Nickelodeon's Historical Firsts (partially lost animated promos from TV channel; 1997)]]
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===Game Shows===
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*[[BrainSurge (partially lost Nickelodeon game show; 2009-2014)]]
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*[[Double Dare (partially lost Nickelodeon game show; 1986-1993)]]
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*[[Figure It Out (partially found Nickelodeon game show; 1998)]]
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*[[Gamefarm (partially lost Nickelodeon GAS game show; 2003)]]
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*[[Legends of the Hidden Temple (lost Pit of Despair incident footage from unaired final round/episode of Nickelodeon game show; 1994)]]
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*[[Legends of the Hidden Temple (partially found original consolation plugs from Nickelodeon game show; 1993-1995)]]
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*[[Nick Arcade (found Nickelodeon game show; 1992)]]
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*[[Nick Arcade (partially found original consolation prize plugs from Nickelodeon game show; 1992)]]
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*[[Nickelodeon Splat! (partially lost Nickelodeon game show; 2004)]]
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*[[SuperNick (partially found Dutch Nickelodeon game show; 2007-2011)]]
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*[[SuperNick op De Stoep Bij... (partially found Dutch Nickelodeon sports show; 2007-2008)]]
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===Inaugural Series===
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*[[By The Way (partially found inaugural Nickelodeon series; 1979-1980)]]
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*[[Hocus Focus (partially found inaugural Nickelodeon series; 1979-1981)]]
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*[[Nickel Flicks (lost inaugural Nickelodeon series; 1979)]]
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*[[Pinwheel (partially found Nickelodeon educational puppet series; 1977-1990)]]
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*[[Pocket Money (non-existent inaugural Nickelodeon series; 1979)]]
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*[[Video Comics (partially found inaugural Nickelodeon series; 1979-1981)]]
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===Live Action===
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*[[The Adventures of Pete & Pete (partially found original versions of episodes of Nickelodeon live-action comedy series; 1991-1993)]]
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*[[All That (partially lost Nickelodeon sketch comedy series; 1994-2005)]]
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*[[Bing! The Sound of Something New (partially found Nickelodeon magazine TV series; 1995)]]
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*[[Cousin Skeeter (partially lost Nickelodeon live-action/puppet series; 1998-2001)]]
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*[[Drake & Josh (partially found widescreen version of episodes of Nickelodeon sitcom; 2004-2007)]]
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*[[Just For Kicks (found Nickelodeon live-action comedy-drama series; 2006)]]
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*[[Kids' Court (partially found Nickelodeon non-traditional court series and other media; 1988-1994)]]
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*[[Mcjuniorclub TV (partially found Dutch Nickelodeon/McDonald's live-action short series; 2008)]]
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*[[Nick News with Linda Ellerbee (partially found Nickelodeon educational news series; 1992-2015)]]
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*[[Noah Knows Best (partially found English audio of Nickelodeon sitcom; 2000-2001)]]
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*[[Reggie Jackson's World of Sports (partially found Nickelodeon sports series; 1981-1982)]]
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*[[U to U (partially found Nickelodeon interactive series; 1994-1996)]]
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*[[Vic's Vacant Lot (partially found ESPN/Nickelodeon sports series; 1982-1985)]]
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===Pilots===
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*[[Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (partially found unaired pilot of Nickelodeon animated series; early 1990s)]]
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*[[The Adventures of Johnny Quasar (found prototype "Jimmy Neutron" animated shorts; 1995-1997)]]
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*[[The Angry Beavers "Cuffed Together" (non-existent pilot episode of Nickelodeon animated series; early-mid 1990s)]]
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*[[Back at the Barnyard (partially found original test pitch of Nickelodeon CGI animated series; 2000)]]
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*[[Bad Seeds (found pilot of "Harvey Beaks" Nickelodeon animated series; 2013)]]
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*[[Big Beast Quintet (lost Nickelodeon animated pilot; 1990)]]
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*[[Camp Nick (partially found Nickelodeon game show pilot; mid-1990s)]]
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*[[Catscratch (found animated pitch of Nickelodeon animated series; 2004)]]
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*[[The Crowville Chronicles (partially found Nickelodeon animated pilot; 1990)]]
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*[[Drake & Josh (partially found unaired pilot of Nickelodeon sitcom; 2002)]]
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*[[Fresh Beat Band of Spies (found unaired pilot of Nickelodeon animated spin-off of "The Fresh Beat Band" musical series; 2013)]]
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*[[Generation Gap (partially found Nickelodeon game show pilot; early 1990s)]]
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*[[Gibby! (partially found unaired pilot of cancelled spin-off of "iCarly" Nickelodeon teen sitcom; 2012)]]
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*[[Go For It (lost Nickelodeon game show pilot; early 1990s)]]
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*[[Hey Arnold! (found unaired pilot of Nickelodeon animated series; 1994)]]
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*[[Humongous (lost pilot of Nickelodeon game show; early 1990s)]]
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*[[I Don't Think So (partially found Nickelodeon game show pilot; 1994)]]
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*[[Invader Zim (lost 3D animation test sequence from pilot of Nickelodeon animated series; 1999)]]
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*[[KaBlam! "The Henry and June Show" (found spinoff pilot of Nickelodeon animated series; 2000)]]
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*[[Kappa Mikey (found original MTV pitch and Nicktoons pilots of animated series; 2004)]]
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*[[Morph Sports (partially found Nickelodeon game show pilot; 1995-1996)]]
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*[[Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide (partially found pilots of Nickelodeon sitcom; 2003)]]
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*[[Ned's Declassified High School Survival Guide (lost pilot of rejected spin-off series of Nickelodeon sitcom; 2008)]]
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*[[Pudding Toast (lost Nickelodeon animated pitch pilots; 2012)]]
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*[[Rocket Beach (partially found unaired pilot of "Rocket Power" Nickelodeon animated series; 1998)]]
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*[[Roundhouse (partially found unaired pilot of Nickelodeon comedy series; 1991)]]
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*[[Slime Survivor (partially found Nickelodeon game show pilot; 2000)]]
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*[[The Thundermans (partially lost unaired pilot of Nickelodeon live action comedy series; 2012)]]
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*[[Tooned In! (partially found Nickelodeon game show pilot; 1998)]]
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*[[Trash (lost Nickelodeon stop-motion animated pilot; 1990)]]
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*[[The Weasel Patrol (lost Nickelodeon animated pilot; 1990)]]
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*[[Who Knew? (partially found Nickelodeon game show pilot; 1998)]]
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*[[The Wild Thornberrys (found pilot of Nickelodeon animated series; 1998)]]
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===TV Films===
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*[[Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (non-existent Nickelodeon TV film; 1998)]]
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*[[Cry Baby Lane (found Nickelodeon TV horror film; 2000)]]
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*[[The Electric Piper (found Nickelodeon animated TV film; 2003)]]
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===Other===
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*[[Action League Now!: The Series "Monster Mashed" (lost episode of "Kablam!" spinoff animated series; 2002)]]
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*[[Action League Now!: The Series "Thunder Girl: Tracking The Storm" (found episode of "Kablam!" spinoff animated series; 2001-2002)]]
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*[[The Angry Beavers "A Tail of Two Rangers/Bye Bye Beavers" (partially found finale episode of Nickelodeon animated series; 2001)]]
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*[[The Butcher (lost Nickelodeon puppet short film; existence unconfirmed; 2001)]]
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*[[Crash Nebula (lost production material of cancelled spinoff of" The Fairly OddParents" Nickelodeon animated series; 2004-2006)]]
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*[[Danny Phantom (partially found original opening title sequence of Nickelodeon animated series; 2003)]]
 +
*[[Gruff's Groove Box (lost Nickelodeon music series; 2001)]]
 +
*[[Invader Zim (partially found production material of cancelled episodes of Nickelodeon animated series; 2001-2002)]]
 +
*[[KaBlam! "Episode 29" (non-existent episode of Nickelodeon animated series; 1998)]]
 +
*[[KaBlam! "Just Chillin" (found episode of Nickelodeon animated series; 2000)]]
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*[[KaBlam! "KaFun!" (found episode of Nickelodeon animated series; 1999)]]
 +
*[[KaBlam! "An Off-Beats Valentine's" (found spinoff special of Nickelodeon animated series; 1998)]]
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*[[The Loud House (partially lost deleted scenes of Nickelodeon animated series; 2016-present)]]
 +
*[[Nickelodeon Japan (lost final sign-off of Japanese TV channel; 2009)]]
 +
*[[Nickelodeon Launch Box (partially found educational series; 1991-1994)]]
 +
*[[Nickelodeon Magazine's Big 10 Birthday Bash (found TV special; 2003)]]
 +
*[[Nickelodeon Studios Opening Day Celebration (found live broadcast of Nickelodeon event; 1990)]]
 +
*[[Ren and Stimpy (lost unused Kurt Cobain song for Nickelodeon animated series; existence unconfirmed; 1990)]]
 +
*[[Robot and Monster (partially found unaired/unfinished episodes of Nickelodeon animated series; 2012-2013)]]
 +
*[[Rugrats: A Live Adventure (partially found footage of musical adaptation of Nickelodeon animated series; 1998-2000)]]
 +
*[[Weinerville (partially lost Nickelodeon variety puppet series; 1993-1997)]]
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==External Links==
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*[https://vimeo.com/63021293 Goopy Rossi's demo reel, includes the short.]
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
1. https://desustorage.org/co/thread/79291814/
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2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR1qvrwYt2A
 
  
3. http://www.sbmania.net/forums/topic/52315-the-spongetrix-2003-nicktoon-short/
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[[Category:Lost audio]]
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[[Category:Partially lost media]]

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Screenshot from the short.

Status: Partially Lost

SpongeBob: Re-Hydrated (not to be confused with the similarly titled remake of the video game SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom) is a CGI-animated SpongeBob SquarePants short that 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[edit | edit source]

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 Nick Digital animator Goopy Rossi. It revealed the actual title of the short as Spongebob: Re-Hydrated, and also confirmed the connection with The Matrix Reloaded.

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 was given a link to a low-quality wiki page that claimed the short to be a full 2017 episode. Vincent even accused it of being "bogus" before going back and admitting that he knew nothing about the short, and was simply saying so because it looked "weak" in terms of animation (having been led to believe it was made in 2017 and not 2003).[2][3]

Status[edit | edit source]

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 15th, 2017, YouTuber Vailskibum created a video on the topic. Despite containing a good deal of outdated information and inaccuracies, the video revived interest in the short. Later that day, animator Randy Gossman posted a public message to the Encyclopedia SpongeBobia Wiki 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 available.[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[edit | edit source]

Full short (without audio).
Vailskibum's video on the subject.
Vailskibum's follow-up video on the subject.
TheGamerFromMars' video on the subject.


See Also[edit | edit source]

SpongeBob SquarePants[edit | edit source]

Anthology and Short Series[edit | edit source]

Bumpers and Promos[edit | edit source]

Game Shows[edit | edit source]

Inaugural Series[edit | edit source]

Live Action[edit | edit source]

Pilots[edit | edit source]

TV Films[edit | edit source]

Other[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]