SpongeBob SquarePants is a character that has captivated generations of fans for many reasons, including the fact that this Nickelodeon “kid’s show” often snuck in references that only adults could really appreciate. Still, most fans would never expect to see any kind of super explicit content of their favorite characters created by SpongeBob’s original creators, but that’s exactly what just happened. A new video from YouTuber LSuperSonicQ provides evidence of a book created by some of the original SpongeBob animators that shows these characters engaged in a variety of R-rated activities.
The story behind the creation of this SpongeBob SquarePants book is almost as strange as its contents.
The book in question has a very wordy title: Behind Closed Doors: Horrible, Filthy, Vile, Disgusting, Inappropriate, Off-Model Drawings by the Crew of a Popular Cartoon Show. To its credit, the book lives up to the title, showing SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends engaging in many crude acts.
This includes sexually-explicit drawings and nudity, meaning fans could see SpongeBob as they had never seen him before (unless they spent much time on DeviantArt, of course).
The story behind the creation of this SpongeBob SquarePants book is almost as strange as its contents. It all goes back to the earliest days of the show when animators would amuse themselves by drawing crude and often raunchy images of everyone’s favorite characters from Bikini Bottom.
These images were never meant to be seen by the public, and the animators would draw them on Post-It notes and then stick them on the back of a door, creating a weirdly erotic jump scare for anyone that opened it.
This includes sexually-explicit drawings and nudity, meaning fans could see SpongeBob as they had never seen him before (unless they spent time on DeviantArt, of course).
How did this book even get created, then? Perhaps feeling that the images of SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends were too amusing to be simply thrown in the trash, the animators collected many of the Post-It drawings in question and transformed them into the book.
It’s not entirely clear how big the actual book is, but the excerpt shared on YouTube is 28 pages, which gives you some idea of just how many NSFW drawings these animators originally created.
Watching these images created by actual SpongeBob SquarePants animators is particularly surreal because they look like storyboards created for some edgy new animated comedy that’s about to debut on Max.
Given the funny history of where the drawings were originally posted, the name of this raunchy book effectively has a double meaning. On the surface level, “behind closed doors” refers to the fact that we are now getting to see the darker side of animation and how even kid-friendly characters are brought to life by animators with a decidedly adult sense of humor.
On a deeper level, the title refers to the origin of the drawings in question, as they were all originally posted behind a closed door.
Watching these images created by actual SpongeBob SquarePants animators is particularly surreal because they look like storyboards created for some edgy new animated comedy that’s about to debut on Max. Instead, though, this is art from some of the animators that shaped our childhood via an influential Nickelodeon cartoon, and discovering this shockingly mature art from those animators is threatening to ruin that childhood altogether.
At this point, we’re afraid that someone will prove that “Squidward’s Suicide” really is a lost episode instead of a creepypasta — if that happens, we may never be able to watch this iconic cartoon again.