Netflix reportedly set to release 'Spongebob' spinoff based on Squidward
Netflix is apparently planning on releasing a spin-off to the hit animated Nickelodeon show Spongebob Squarepants, starring the characters of Spongebob's jaded neighbor Squidward Tentacles.
Netflix has recently acquired the rights to a number of prominent Nickelodeon properties and has already come up with a reboot of Rocko's Modern Life and a TV movie of Jhonen Vasquez's cult animated series Invader Zim. But now the world's most popular streaming service is turning its attention to Spongebob.
Check out the iconic opening theme song for Spongebob Squarepants below:
According to a recent report by Hypebeast, the spin-off has been called a "music-based project", which seems to suggest that it might draw inspiration from the fan-favorite episode 'Band Geeks' - in which Squidward attempts to organize the residents of Bikini Bottom into a marching band to impress his rival Squilliam.
It’s still unknown whether or not the animation will take the form of a series or a feature-length movie, but the move is presumably designed to counter potential competition from Disney+: Disney's streaming platform which has already accrued over 10 million members since its launch.
The character of Squidward Tentacles was created and designed by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg, and first appeared in the pilot episode "Help Wanted", which aired on May 1, 1999.
Commenting on the character, Spongebob writer and storyboard artist Vincent Waller once claimed: "Squidward is hard to draw. He has a very odd-shaped head. Fortunately, his emotions are pretty even, but to get a whole lot of big emoting out of him is a challenge. His nose splits everything in half, so it's always like, 'OK, how am I going to work this and still make it read.'"
Squidward's nasal voice is provided by voice actor Roger Bumpass and was inspired by the comedian Jack Benny. Bumpass once claimed that he enjoyed performing Squidward because of "his sarcasm, and then his frustration, and then his apoplexy, and so he became a wide spectrum of emotions."