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The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom

It’s approaching that time of year when TV networks start airing holiday specials, and Nickelodeon is treating its viewers to something a little earlier. Nickelodeon will be airing a brand-new stop-motion animation special on October 13, featuring none other than the beloved characters from the SpongeBob SquarePants universe.

Titled The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom, the special will see the Flying Dutchman returning to Bikini Bottom to ensure its residents are scared for Halloween – especially SpongeBob, who believes that scary things are actually funny. It will be the second time Nickelodeon airs a stop-motion SpongeBob holiday special, the first being 2012’s SpongeBob SquarePants: It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!

All the main citizens of Bikini Bottom will be in costume for this holiday event, with SpongeBob dressed as a flower, Patrick as a knight, Sandy as a mad scientist, Mr. Krabs as a dollar bill, Plankton as a devil, Karen as a cat, and Squidward as…well, himself. The town and its various establishments are also appropriately decorated for the holiday; Mr. Krabs’ restaurant has been transformed into “The Horrors of the Chum Bucket” where there’s a showcase of Plankton torturing food, while Plankton’s “The Horrors of the Krusty Krab” tells of Mr. Krabs turning customers into Krabby Patties.

The animated special was produced at Los Angeles-based stop-motion animation studio Screen Novelties. As intriguing as the premise itself sounds, the most interesting thing about this special might be the process of creating it, and just what was involved in bringing the SpongeBob characters to life in this way.

Twenty-seven unique sets were used for the production, across five different stages. Some more impressive numbers: the texture on Bikini Bottom’s coral reefs was made from 15 boxes of cereal, SpongeBob’s pineapple house was decorated with eight pounds of glitter, and a roller coaster track was constructed out of hundreds of popsicle sticks. Black lights were used throughout the production to create a fluorescent glow across the sets.

In addition to traditional stop-motion animation, the special also incorporates marionette puppeteering, hand puppets, and 2D hand-drawn animation, the latter designed by Sally Cruikshank.

The special will feature one new song, “The Scare Song,” written by Mr. Lawrence, with music by Eban Schletter and sung by the Flying Dutchman’s crew of pirate ghosts.

Other names attached to the project include writer Mr. Lawrence, Brian Morante as storyboard director, and Jennie Monica as producer. The special was directed by Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh, and produced by Chris Finnegan of Screen Novelties.

The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom will premiere on Friday, October 13, at 7 p.m. ET/PT, so don’t miss it! Check out the trailer below!

(Via Animation World Network.)

What do you think of the trailer for The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom? Will you be watching the premiere of this new holiday special?

Edited by: Hannah Wilkes

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Amber is an imaginative storyteller and visual artist whose greatest ambition is to tell meaningful stories that resonate with people. Since she was young, Amber has enjoyed escaping to faraway worlds through animation, and has continued to follow animation into adulthood because of its limitless storytelling possibilities. Picking favorites is nearly impossible, but Amber would say her top animated films include The Little Mermaid, The Incredibles, The Emperor’s New Groove, and Frozen. She graduated with a B.A. in Interactive Media/Graphic Design and a minor in Journalism, and is currently working as an advertising designer. When she’s not at her day job, Amber can be found working on digital illustrations and photo edits, drafting a new fiction story, or crafting a new cosplay. Send her a tweet at @amber_ld.
  • Manuel Orozco

    I haven’t cared about Spongebob in seven years! Can Nickelodeon just put it to rest along with Fairly Oddparents?

    • Fairly Oddparents has been put to rest. Like other original Nicktoons released in the past decade that didn’t meet the network’s expectations, the last few episodes were dumped onto Nicktoons Network and after that, nothing was mentioned about the show.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I kinda figured about it. Proving Nick isn’t as exciting as it once was to watch.

  • Aww the animation brings back so many nostalgia memories!! ^.^

  • Michael Clemente

    I admit that this special looks very nice, but I’ve moved on from SpongeBob to a lot of other quality cartoons for many years. I’m honestly more interested in the Loud House Halloween special airing the same night.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Quality cartoons such as

      • Well, I started losing interest in SpongeBob around the second year of the post-first movie episodes and found more to love in the epic storytelling-driven show Avatar: The Last Airbender. In fact, I remember blaming SpongeBob for why there was such a huge gap between Book 2 and Book 3 of Avatar (that was when I was much younger).
        Ever since then, I’ve been looking into other acclaimed shows from various networks. They included modern story and creativity-driven shows like Gravity Falls, Steven Universe, and even the mini-series Over the Garden Wall. I also found animated series that are more episodic but have stronger heart, more likable characters, and are interesting to look at such as Phineas and Ferb, and The Loud House. I’ve even found great storytelling and works that stress what animation can do in much older shows I never watched when I was younger like the original DuckTales and Animaniacs (the latter being my favorite animated TV show of all time). I even grew to better appreciate old cartoons I did grow up with like Hey Arnold and the Peanuts specials. To say nothing about the quality work of classic animation pieces like the Disney features and shorts and the Looney Tunes of Warner Brothers for which my interests peaked in 2008 when I felt that I had officially retired from SpongeBob.
        Works like these to me seem like the kind of shows that fit the animation medium since they tell big stories, or mine it for creatively entertaining possibilities. SpongeBob just sort of turned out to be a mundane show about sea creatures going about their lives, not to mention losing a lot of its heart and sense of fun as the show went on. Even claims that it’s gotten better aren’t enough to entice me to spend time watching it.

        • Manuel Orozco

          I’ll try and check out the blog if you can give me a link. And episodic are the cartoons I might want to watch. For now I’ll stick with the new Ducktales Star Wars Rebels Tangled Hotel Transylvania and Spider Man. While we are at it, Avatar was my middle school years.

  • Nice! I’ll certainly be watching this. Spongebob was always a big part of my childhood.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Part of my childhood too. But it doesn’t excite me anymore

  • jc