Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Paul Tibbett Unveils Poster for Original 'SpongeBob Movie 3' Pitch

SpongeBob SquarePants scribe Paul Tibbett recently treated fans to a never-before-seen poster for his original pitch for the third SpongeBob movie!

Designed by Ruben Hickman, the poster is for an "Alien Cat" storyline, and has a lot to unpack. Here's a backstory, courtesy of Encyclopedia SpongeBobia, which also explains the incredible mash-up seen in the poster:

The "Alien Cat" storyline, the second pitch created by Paul Tibbitt and Kyle McCulloch. Unlike the first pitch or the final version of the movie, this storyline is more "Science-fiction" inspired. This version started development around summer 2015 and ended on July 2017. New Deal Studios was supposed to work on the visual effects of the movie.

The main antagonists were an army of anthropomorphic cats wearing red mech-suits, lead by a character named Twinkles. This army was comprised of many spaceships such as battlecruiser, troop carriers and spacecrafts named "Catsaucer". Their homeworld on the other hand was composed of giant scratching posts and furniture such as an oversized piano. Some concept art also showcase an giant robotic cat that would have used his paws to destroy everything around him. This robot can be seen in an storyboard where he is lured by SpongeBob and Gary through an black hole and in an flashback scene where he can be seen destroying Gary's homeworld.

According to concept art and storyboards made by Andy Gaskill, Kristina Vardazaryan, Ruben Hickman, Steven E. Gordon, Wolf-RĂ¼diger Bloss, David Stephan and Shellie O'Brien. Gary was kidnapped by the cats which lead SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward and Sandy to rescue him. Throughout the story, they would have visited different worlds. One of them was a futuristic-like world inhabited by dolphins. Storyboards showcase that at one point, they were supposed to sneak into Bubbles' spaceship. Another world that the group would have visited was an hell-inspired world where a purple character named Mortius and a woman called Sarcoma live. According to two storyboards, the group would also have returned to the surface. There, they would have met human versions of SpongeBob and Patrick during a fight with the cats.

Other concept art showcase a flashback scene where Gary was the prince from an world inhabited by snails. During an attack by the cats and of their giant robotic cat, Gary was evacuated through an escape pod thanks to his parents. During his escape, the capsule would have collided with the collar of the huge robotic cat, disabling it in the process. After escaping his homeworld, Gary's escape pod would eventually arrive to Earth before diving into the ocean near the Bikini Atoll island.

According to a few storyboards, two subplots were planned. One would have involved the president of the United States (portrayed by Nicolas Cage), his pet tiger named Fluffy, a general called Tallenback (portrayed by "2015"-era Jeff Goldblum) and an animal trainer trying to repel the Alien Cats' invasion. The other one would have followed Mr. Krabs disguised as SpongeBob opening a "favor truck" where he sell favors and compliments to the Bikini Bottomites. According to the poster, David Hasselhoff was also supposed to return in this movie.

When asked on Twitter about the storyboards, Vincent Waller wrote "I believe that was a first pass at the story, but the entire alien cat storyline was later tossed out and rewritten." However, according to an interview with Tim Hill about the movie, the reason why this storyline was scrapped was because "the previous script was a bit too far-fetched." And that "Steve was always a fan of grounded, relatable and simple stories."

Tibbett also revealed that a later version of The SpongeBob Movie 3, It's A Wonderful Sponge, was based on my third and final pitch. "Then we all gave up on each other," he added.

As you can see, the crew kept the storyline of Gary getting kidnapped in what eventually became The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run, which is now streaming on Paramount+, except the antagonist is much more earthbound.

Would you of liked to have seen SpongeBob battle space kitties? Let me know in the comments!

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1 comment:

  1. You Should make this the official new Spongebob movie


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