SpongeBob SquarePants may be made for younger audiences, but it has included some incredibly trippy scenes over the years. Following the life of an underwater sponge and his fellow inhabitants of Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob SquarePants started all the way back in 1999. It is one of Nickelodeon's longest-running shows as new episodes continue to be released.
While the original viewers of SpongeBob SquarePants are much older now, the series has maintained its target demographic of younger audiences. The series may not be just as popular as it was when Nickelodeon first started to air new episodes, but children are undoubtedly still interested in checking out the fast-paced show filled with comedy. Even with this standard tone and polished animation though, SpongeBob SquarePants also has featured some strange sequences for a kid's TV show.
These trippy scenes are the centerpiece of a new Screen Rant video, one that questions what the writers and animators of the show were thinking in including them. These sequences can be weird because of the visuals that SpongeBob SquarePants uses or even just as a result of the bizarre story points. In either instance, check out a full list of these moments in the video featured at the top of this post.
One of the trippiest sequences to come in SpongeBob SquarePants is when Squidward has to share a locker with SpongeBob at work. He becomes paranoid with the thought of what SpongeBob would do if he got his clarionet and is transported to Clarionet Land. The sequence is filled with mind-melting visuals and surprising story points - like a giant bald eagle living being underwater - and a twist ending. The episode reveals that all of this happened in Squidward's mind as he trapped himself in the locker.
Even with more adult-oriented sequences like this, the kid-friendly program continues to have a bright future ahead. Nickelodeon renewed the series for a thirteenth season earlier this year, confirming that the main show will keep moving forward. They've also ordered a prequel series about a 10-year-old SpongeBob and are discussing additional spinoffs too. SpongeBob SquarePants won't stick to just the small screen though. The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge, the third feature outing for the Bikini Bottom residents, is currently in the works and scheduled to hit theaters next summer. With all of this additional SpongeBob SquarePants content on the way, it won't be too long until fans of the series are treated to even more trippy sequences.