SpongeBob SquarePants (season 3)
|SpongeBob SquarePants season 3|
SpongeBob SquarePants season 3 DVD
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Original run||October 5, 2001 – October 11, 2004|
|Home video release|
|Region 1||September 27, 2005|
|Region 2||December 3, 2007|
|Region 4||November 8, 2007|
|List of SpongeBob SquarePants episodes|
The third season of the American animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants, created by former marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg, aired on Nickelodeon from October 5, 2001 to October 11, 2004, and contained 20 episodes, beginning with the episodes "The Bully" and "Just One Bite". The series chronicles the exploits and adventures of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The season was executive produced by series creator Hillenburg, who also acted as the showrunner. Hillenburg halted production on the show to work on the 2004 film adaptation of the series, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. After production on the film, Hillenburg left the show, with Paul Tibbitt to overtake his place as showrunner.
The season was well received by media critics and fans. During its run, SpongeBob SquarePants became the highest rated children's show on cable, with over 50 million viewers a month. The show received several recognition, including its nomination at the Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Children's Program. The episodes "New Student Starfish" and "Clams" were nominated for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour) category, while the entry "SpongeBob B.C. (Ugh)" won the same category. The season was also the first time the show received a nomination at the Kids' Choice Awards and won. It won the 2003 Kids' Choice Awards for Favorite Cartoon, and also won the following year's Kids' Choice Award for the same category. Celebrities—including Justin Timberlake, Kelly Osbourne, Britney Spears, Bruce Willis, Noel Gallagher, rapper Dr. Dre, Mike Myers, and Noel Gallagher—were reported that they are fans of the show.
Several compilation DVDs that contained episodes from the season were released. The SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 3rd Season DVD was released in Region 1 on September 27, 2005, Region 2 on December 3, 2007, and Region 4 on November 8, 2007.
During production of the previous season, Nickelodeon picked up a third season for SpongeBob SquarePants on September 20, 2000, due to the show's high ratings across basic cable television. In 2002, Hillenburg and the show's staff members decided to stop making episodes to work on the 2004 film The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, after completing the third season. As a result, the show went into a "self-imposed" two-year hiatus on television. During the break, Nickelodeon expanded the programming for the third season to cover the delay, however, according to Nickelodeon executive Eric Coleman, "there certainly was a delay and a built-up demand." Nickelodeon announced nine "as-yet-unaired" episodes would be shown. "The Sponge Who Could Fly" first aired during a two-hour "Sponge"-a-thon, while the other eight were broadcast subsequently.
Once the production on the film was completed, Hillenburg wanted to end the series "so the show wouldn't jump the shark," but Nickelodeon wanted to do more episodes. Hillenburg said "Well, there was concern when we did the movie [in 2004] that the show had peaked. There were concerns among executives at Nickelodeon." Hillenburg resigned as the series' showrunner, and appointed Paul Tibbitt, who previously served as the show's supervising producer, writer, director, and storyboard artist, to overtake the role. Hillenburg considered Tibbitt one of his favorite members of the show's crew, and "totally trusted him [Paul Tibbitt]." Tibbitt still holds the showrunner position and also functions as an executive producer. Hillenburg no longer writes or runs the show on a day-to-day basis, but reviews each episode and delivers suggestions. He said "I figure when I'm pretty old I can still paint[...] I don't know about running shows." Tom Kenny and Bill Fagerbakke and the rest of the crew confirmed they have completed four new episodes for broadcast on Nickelodeon in early 2005, and planned to finish about 20 total for the then-fourth season.
The third season had a cast of six main actors. Tom Kenny provided the voice of the title character SpongeBob SquarePants, and his pet snail Gary. SpongeBob's starfish best friend, Patrick Star, was voiced by Bill Fagerbakke, while Rodger Bumpass played the voice of Squidward Tentacles, an arrogant and ill-tempered octopus. Other members of the cast were Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy Cheeks, a squirrel from Texas, Clancy Brown as Mr. Krabs, a miserly crab obsessed with money and SpongeBob's boss at the Krusty Krab, and Mr. Lawrence as Plankton, a small green copepod and Mr. Krabs' business rival. The season had a number of secondary characters including Mary Jo Catlett as Mrs. Puff, SpongeBob's driving instructor, Lori Alan as Pearl, Mr. Krabs' daughter, and Jill Talley as Plankton's computer wife, Karen.
In addition to the regular cast members, the season episodes feature guest voices from various professions, including actors, bands, and musicians. McHale's Navy actors Ernest Borgnine and Tim Conway returned in the episode "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV", reprising their roles as Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, respectively. Borgnine and Conway reappeared in the episode "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V", which was also guest starred by Martin Olson as The Chief. Radio disc jockey Rodney Bingenheimer guest starred in the episode "Krab Borg" as The DJ. In "Party Pooper Pants", Kevin Michael Richardson appeared in the live action segments of the episode as King Neptune. Various other characters were voiced by voice acting veterans Dee Bradley Baker, Thomas F. Wilson and Frank Welker.
During its third season, SpongeBob SquarePants passed Rugrats and earned the title of being the highest rated children's show on cable, with a 6.7 rating and 2.2 million kids 2 to 11 in the second quarter of 2002, up 22% over 2001. Forbes called the show "a $1 billion honeypot," and said the show is "almost single-handedly responsible for making Viacom's Nickelodeon the most-watched cable channel during the day and the second most popular during prime time." It was also reported that of the 50 million viewers who watch it every month, 20 million are adults.
The season was well received by media critics and fans. In 2002, the show itself was nominated at the Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Children's Program. Its episodes "New Student Starfish" and "Clams" were nominated for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour) category, while the entry "SpongeBob B.C. (Ugh)" won the same category. The show also won the Television Critics Association Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming. The season was also the first time the show received a nomination at the Kids' Choice Awards and won. In 2003, the show won the 2003 Kids' Choice Awards for Favorite Cartoon, and also won the succeeding year's Kids' Choice Award for the same category. At the 2003 Golden Reel Awards, the show won Best Sound Editing in Television Animation and Best Sound Editing in Television Animation — Music categories for the episodes "Nasty Patty"/"Idiot Box" and "Wet Painters"/"Krusty Krab Training Video", respectively. The episodes "The Great Snail Race" and "Mid-Life Crustacean" won at the 2004 Golden Reel Awards for "Best Sound Editing in Television Animation — Music", while the episode "Mid-Life Crustacean" itself received a nomination for "Best Sound Editing in Television Animation".
In his review for the DVD Verdict, Bryan Pope wrote that "the show's charm lies in the vast world of nautical nonsense" and that the show is "a world of aquanaut squirrels, clarinet-playing squids, underwater campfires, retired superheroes, plankton obsessed with world domination, and the most head-scratching family units I've ever come across (a crab and a puffer fish are parents to a teenage whale, while pint-sized Plankton is married to a no-nonsense computer named Karen)." Pope pointed out that the season "remains the high point for the series" as it had produced "classic" episodes such as "No Weenies Allowed", "SpongeBob Meets the Strangler", and "Krusty Krab Training Video". However, Pope described "The Lost Episode" as a "misstep" that "veers too far away from Bikini Bottom and into unfunny live-action territory." Furthermore, various celebrities—including Justin Timberlake, Kelly Osbourne, Britney Spears, Bruce Willis, Noel Gallagher, rapper Dr. Dre, Mike Myers, and Noel Gallagher—were reported that they are fans of the show. American actor Rob Lowe said, "You've got to love a sponge in tightie whities." In 2002, fans of the show formed a "new religion"—the Church of SpongeBob SquarePants. The organization has more than 700 members. Its manifesto said it wanted to push "simple things like having fun and using your imagination", and even offered study courses on the show. A Nickelodeon spokesman said "SpongeBob's appeal is extraordinary."
The popularity of SpongeBob translated well into sales figures. In 2002, SpongeBob SquarePants dolls sold at a rate of 75,000 per week, which was faster than Tickle Me Elmo dolls were selling at the time. SpongeBob has gained popularity in Japan, specifically with Japanese women. Nickelodeon's parent company Viacom purposefully targeted marketing at women in the country as a method of the SpongeBob SquarePants brand. Skeptics initially doubted that SpongeBob could be popular in Japan as the character's design is very different to already popular designs for Hello Kitty and Pikachu. Nickelodeon also expanded the merchandising of the show, bringing it around $500 million revenue. It was reported that SpongeBob-themed goods are the best-selling character merchandise at Hot Topic store at Park City Center. T-shirts, pillows, shoelaces, pins, sunglasses, and air fresheners were sold "extremely well if they have SpongeBob's likeness on them," said Erin Aguirre, lead sales associate of Hot Topic. He added "[Customers] come in and they just jump right into it. "Did you see last week's episode?' They totally talk all about it, just that it's funny, that it's hilarious."
Moreover, the gay community had embraced the show, according to BBC Online. The Wall Street Journal also raised questions about SpongeBob and Patrick in a recent article that pointed up the show's popularity in the gay community. Tom Kenny, in response to the article, said "[I] felt the insinuation was a stretch." Kenny said "I had heard that gay viewers enjoy the show in the same way that lots of people—college students, parents and children—like the show[...] I thought it was rather silly to hang an entire article on that. I don't think it's a case of it being a gay-friendly show—It's a human-being-friendly show. They're all welcome." Hillenburg responded about the character's sexual orientation that it is "[a] cheerful character [but] is not gay." He clarified that he considers the character to be "almost asexual". The show's popularity among gay men would become controversial as, in 2005, a promotional video which showed SpongeBob along with other characters from children's shows singing together to promote diversity and tolerance, was attacked by an evangelical group in the United States because they saw SpongeBob being used as an "advocate for homosexuality". James Dobson of Focus on the Family accused the makers of the video of "promoting homosexuality due to a pro-tolerance group sponsoring the video". After Dobson made the comments, Hillenburg repeated this assertion that sexual preference was never considered during the creation of the show. Tom Kenny and other production members were shocked and surprised that such an issue had arisen. Dobson later asserted that his comments were taken out of context and that his original complaints were not with SpongeBob, the video, or any of the characters in the video but with the organization that sponsored the video, We Are Family Foundation. Dobson indicated that the We Are Family Foundation posted pro-homosexual material on their website, but later removed it.
|Title||Animation directors[note 1]||Written by[note 1]||Original air date|
|41a||1a||"The Algae's Always Greener"||Frank Weiss||Aaron Springer, C.H. Greenblatt & Merriwether Williams||March 22, 2002|
|Plankton is still yearning for the Krabby Patty secret formula, so as a result of him dis-liking his normal and dull life, he changes lives with Mr. Krabs. When he finds himself at the Krusty Krab, he has to constantly help SpongeBob with his every need and finds that Mr. Krabs' life is no easier than his.|
|41b||1b||"SpongeGuard on Duty"||Sean Dempsey||Jay Lender, Sam Henderson & Mark O'Hare||March 22, 2002|
|Spongebob wishes he were a lifeguard after seeing Larry the Lobster as one. Spongebob gets struck by a flying ice cream truck. A vanilla ice cream come leaves white on his nose. Larry thinks Spongebob is a lifeguard and asks him to take over. Spongebob finds the hardships of being a lifeguard when he has to rescue Patrick but he can't swim.|
|42a||2a||"Club SpongeBob"||Andrew Overtoom||Walt Dohrn & Mark O'Hare||July 5, 2002|
|SpongeBob and Patrick build a clubhouse on a tree, and an irritated Squidward climbs up into it, but then it flings off to a kelp forest. Squidward tries to desperately find a way out while SpongeBob and Patrick find the "magic conch" is all they need to get them out. Squidward finds it is silly but when he finally starts losing his sanity, he realizes the true powers of the conch.|
|42b||2b||"My Pretty Seahorse"||Tom Yasumi||Kent Osborne & Paul Tibbitt||July 5, 2002|
|SpongeBob finds a seahorse and decides to adopt her and name her Mystery. They become best friends and when Mystery follows him to work, Squidward gets suspicious and tries to tell Mr. Krabs. Mr. Krabs finally sees what the problem is and asks Spongebob to release Mystery into the wild.|
|43a||3a||"The Bully"||Frank Weiss||Aaron Springer, C. H. Greenblatt & Merriwether Williams||October 5, 2001|
|SpongeBob is terrified when a new student named Flats the Flounder comes to boating school and says he wants to kick SpongeBob's butt. SpongeBob desperately searches for someone to defend him from Flats before he kicks his butt for real.|
|43b||3b||"Just One Bite"||Sean Dempsey||Jay Lender, Sam Henderson & Merriwether Williams||October 5, 2001|
|When SpongeBob learns that Squidward has never had a Krabby Patty, it becomes his obsession to get his co-worker to take just one bite, believing that it is the reason why he is "always so miserable". Squidward finally takes a bite and fakes to SpongeBob that he doesn't like it when really he is in love with it.|
|44a||4a||"Nasty Patty"||Tom Yasumi||Paul Tibbitt, Kaz & Mark O'Hare||March 1, 2002|
|A health inspector comes to the Krusty Krab unannounced. Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob have to give one of everything on the menu to the inspector so he can pass the inspection.|
|44b||4b||"Idiot Box"||Andrew Overtoom||Paul Tibbitt, Kent Osborne & Merriwether Williams||March 1, 2002|
|SpongeBob and Patrick order a giant television just to play in the box. Squidward gets to have the television and while he is watching it he hears noises and looks outside. Patrick and SpongeBob are found in the box playing with their imaginations. Squidward hears more noises and suspects they have something in the box that creates the noises. Squidward finally sneaks out at night and finds the true powers of his imagination.|
|45a||5a||"Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV"||Sean Dempsey||Jay Lender, Sam Henderson & Merriwether Williams||January 21, 2002|
|MermaidMan accidentally leaves his utility belt at the Krusty Krab. SpongeBob tries to return it to him, but it becomes too late. Spongebob keeps the belt and gets into all kinds of "mischief".|
|45b||5b||"Doing Time"||Frank Weiss||Aaron Springer, C. H. Greenblatt & Merriwether Williams||January 21, 2002|
|Mrs. Puff is thrown in prison for SpongeBob's driving test antics, and SpongeBob must break her out with the help of Patrick. The two try all kinds of different things but Mrs. Puff won't budge. In the end she finds it could be all her imagination.|
|46a||6a||"Snowball Effect"||Andrew Overtoom||Paul Tibbitt, Kent Osborne & Merriwether Williams||February 22, 2002|
|A snowstorm hits Bikini Bottom, thanks to a glacier that settled above the city. For SpongeBob and Patrick that means snowball fights. Squidward gets annoyed by the two and tries everything to get them to stop. Eventually, Squiward gets pulled into the snowball fight.|
|46b||6b||"One Krab's Trash"||Tom Yasumi||Paul Tibbitt, Kaz & Mark O'Hare||February 22, 2002|
|Mr. Krabs decides to have a yard sale that is made up of garbage he found in other people's trash, but finds himself frantically pursuing an off-handed sale to Spongebob that could be possibly worth a fortune. He tries to get it back from SpongeBob so he can get the fortune, but finds it is worth nothing in the end.|
|47a||7a||"As Seen on TV"||Frank Weiss||Aaron Springer, C. H. Greenblatt & Merriwether Williams||March 8, 2002|
|Spongebob lets fame go to his head after an appearance in the Krusty Krab commercial and gives up fry cooking.|
|47b||7b||"Can You Spare a Dime?"||Sean Dempsey||Jay Lender, Sam Henderson & Merriwether Williams||March 8, 2002|
|Mr. Krabs loses his first dime earned and accuses Squidward of stealing it. Squidward quits and stays with SpongeBob. SpongeBob eventually gets tired of doing everything for Squidward and must get him his job back at the Krusty Krab.|
|48a||8a||"No Weenies Allowed"||Andrew Overtoom||Paul Tibbitt, Kent Osborne & Merriwether Williams||March 15, 2002|
|SpongeBob wants to get into the Salty Spittoon, the toughest club in the city, but he cannot prove he is tough enough.|
|48b||8b||"Squilliam Returns"||Sean Dempsey||Jay Lender, Sam Henderson & Merriwether Williams||March 15, 2002|
|Squidward attempts to impress his rival, Squilliam Fancyson, by turning the Krusty Krab into a five-star restaurant. But some things might not go as Squidward planned.|
|49a||9a||"Krab Borg"||Tom Yasumi||Paul Tibbitt, Kent Osborne & Mark O'Hare||March 29, 2002|
|SpongeBob watches a scary robot movie and thinks everything is a robot, especially Mr. Krabs. Squidward and SpongeBob soon think they are overrun by robots.|
|49b||9b||"Rock-a-Bye Bivalve"||Sean Dempsey||Jay Lender, Sam Henderson & Mark O'Hare||March 29, 2002|
|Patrick and SpongeBob find an abandoned baby scallop, and they decide to adopt it and care for it. The two friends soon find parenting isn't easy.|
|50a||10a||"Wet Painters"||Frank Weiss||C. H. Greenblatt, Kaz & Mark O'Hare||May 10, 2002|
|Mr. Krabs hires SpongeBob and Patrick to paint the inside of his house. SpongeBob and Patrick accidentally get paint all over Mr. Krabs' first dollar and must hide up the evidence before Mr. Krabs returns home.|
|50b||10b||"Krusty Krab Training Video"||Frank Weiss||Aaron Springer, C. H. Greenblatt, Kent Osborne||May 10, 2002|
|A training narration of the Krusty Krab, demonstrating what you must do at work at the Krusty Krab.|
|51||11||"Party Pooper Pants"||Andrew Overtoom||Paul Tibbitt, Kent Osborne & Mark O'Hare||May 17, 2002|
|SpongeBob gets a plan-your-own-party kit and decides to plan a party and invite everyone he knows. SpongeBob accidentally locks himself out of the house and gets arrested for not inviting the police officers to his party.|
|52a||12a||"Chocolate with Nuts"||Andrew Overtoom||Paul Tibbitt, Kaz, Kent Osborne & Merriwether Williams||June 1, 2002|
|After accidentally getting Squidward's "Fancy Living Digest" in the mail, SpongeBob and Patrick want to live fancy too. They decide to sell chocolate bars to the people of Bikini Bottom to make money to become rich.|
|52b||12b||"Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V"||Frank Weiss||C. H. Greenblatt, Kaz & Merriwether Williams||June 1, 2002|
|Barnacle Boy is sick of being treated like an actual boy by Mermaid Man (and everyone else), so he decides to become evil and teams up with the Dirty Bubble and Manray.|
|53a||13a||"New Student Starfish"||Tom Yasumi||Paul Tibbitt, Kent Osborne & Mark O'Hare||September 20, 2002|
|Patrick accompanies SpongeBob to boating school. Patrick gets SpongeBob in big trouble. Later on the two get in a fight in the halls and get detention. The two bring their friendship back together by saving the class science project, Rodger.|
|53b||13b||"Clams"||Sean Dempsey||Jay Lender, Sam Henderson & Mark O'Hare||September 20, 2002|
|Mr. Krabs earns his millionth dollar, and rewards SpongeBob and Squidward by taking them clam fishing for the weekend. Mr. Krabs loses his dollar to a giant clam and won't rest until he gets it returned to him, leaving his employees stranded.|
|54||14||"Ugh (SpongeBob B.C.)"||Andrew Overtoom||Paul Tibbitt & Kent Osborne||March 5, 2004|
|Prehistoric ancestors of SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward — SpongeGar, Patar, and Squog (respectively), discover fire after a lightning bolt strikes a piece of wood and sets it ablaze. The gang eventually fingd the numerous uses of fire.|
|55a||15a||"The Great Snail Race"||Andrew Overtoom||Paul Tibbitt, Kent Osborne & Merriwether Williams||January 24, 2003|
|SpongeBob and Patrick discover that Squidward has ordered a female purebred racing snail named Snellie (voiced by Tom Kenny), whom he plans to enter in Bikini Bottom's most famous snail race. SpongeBob also enters Gary. Gary and Snellie fall in love at the race.|
|55b||15b||"Mid-Life Crustacean"||Frank Weiss||C. H. Greenblatt, Kaz & Mark O'Hare||January 24, 2003|
|Mr. Krabs has hit his midlife crisis, so he decides to tag along with SpongeBob and Patrick when they have a night in the town, hoping that he will feel young and wild again.|
|56a||16a||"Born Again Krabs"||Tom Yasumi||Paul Tibbitt, Kent Osborne & Merriwether Williams||October 4, 2003|
|A near-death experience involving a rotten Krabby Patty leads Mr. Krabs to second-guess his miserly ways.|
|56b||16b||"I Had an Accident"||Frank Weiss||C. H. Greenblatt, Kaz & Merriwether Williams||October 4, 2003|
|SpongeBob shatters his rear end in a sand-boarding injury. He soon becomes paranoid of everything and confines himself to his own home with inanimate objects for friends.|
|57a||17a||"Krabby Land"||Andrew Overtoom||Paul Tibbitt, Kent Osborne & Mark O'Hare||April 3, 2004|
|Mr. Krabs attempts to attract children (and their money) by turning the Krusty Krab into a kid-friendly amusement park.|
|57b||17b||"The Camping Episode"||Sean Dempsey||Jay Lender, Sam Henderson & Merriwether Williams||April 3, 2004|
|Spongebob and Patrick go camping, and an unready Squidward tags along.|
|58a||18a||"Missing Identity"||Tom Yasumi||Paul Tibbitt, Kent Osborne & Merriwether Williams||January 19, 2004|
|On a rainy day in a diner, SpongeBob recounts a recent tale in which he loses his nametag.|
|58b||18b||"Plankton's Army"||Sean Dempsey||Jay Lender, Sam Henderson & Merriwether Williams||January 19, 2004|
|Plankton schemes to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula, this time by bringing in his family to help.|
|59||19||"The Sponge Who Could Fly (SpongeBob: Lost Episode)"||Andrew Overtoom||Paul Tibbitt, Kent Osborne & Merriwether Williams||March 21, 2003|
|Patchy the Pirate shows a lost episode, in which SpongeBob attempts to fly among the jellyfish.|
|60a||20a||"SpongeBob Meets the Strangler"||Tom Yasumi||Paul Tibbitt, Kent Osborne, C. H. Greenblatt & Merriwether Williams||October 11, 2004|
|SpongeBob tattles on the "Tattle-tale Strangler", a criminal who promises to strangle anyone who reports on him and his crimes.|
|60b||20b||"Pranks a Lot"||Andrew Overtoom||Paul Tibbitt, Kent Osborne & Merriwether Williams||October 11, 2004|
|SpongeBob takes Patrick to his favorite prank store, and his newest purchase leads to hijinks all over town.|
The DVD boxset for season three was released by Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon in the United States and Canada in October 2004, a year after the season had completed broadcast on television. The DVD release features bonus materials including the pilot episode "Help Wanted" and featurettes.
|SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 3rd Season|
|Set Details||Special Features|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|September 27, 2005||December 3, 2007||November 8, 2007|
- Information regarding story development, storyboard artists and animation directors is taken from the opening credits of each episodes.
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