Sunday, November 27, 2022

Nickelodeon Airs Censored Version of 'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run'

A fan favorite episode of SpongeBob SquarePants is "Sailor Mouth". In the episode, SpongeBob reads a "bad word" off a dumpster behind the Krusty Krab, but does not know what it means. Patrick explains to him that it is a "sentence enhancer" which is used "when you want to talk fancy." The two start using it in every sentence they speak, but when Mr. Krabs hears them, he warns the two never to use the word again or any of the "13 bad words." What makes the episode funnier, however, is that, whenever SpongeBob and Patrick say a bad word, its censored by a "dolphin noise" sound effect.

So when fans watched the The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run when the film was first released on streaming services back in 2020, they were surprised to hear SpongeBob swearing uncensored in a scene!

Just past the half-way point in the movie, after they try and snatch Gary back from King Poseidon, he imprisons SpongeBob and Patrick. Whilst in prison, SpongeBob reflects on how he may have failed on his mission to rescue Gary, and at one point, describes feeling "crappy".

However, it seems like Nickelodeon may of have a chance of heart. During the network premiere of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run on November 25, Nickelodeon aired the scene, with the line cut out from the TV broadcast.

Strangely, up until fairly recently, Nickelodeon allowed the word to be broadcast, including during Shrek, which even aired uncensored on the Nick Jr. channel. In fact, light swearing has been heard on Nickelodeon for decades, with "crap" being heard on The Ren & Stimpy Show and Hey Arnold!, which makes it all the more stranger that Nickelodeon felt the need to completely edit the word out on The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run. If anything, they should have replaced the word with the iconic "dolphin noise" sound effect to keep it inline with the series.

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