'Spongebob' "Sailor Mouth" Episode Had Actual Cussing, Cast Says
There's been so many iconic episodes of Spongebob Squarepants over the years -- who could forget DoodleBob or Bubble Buddy, or the time Spongebob started a band?
One of these OG Spongebob episodes was "Sailor Mouth." In the episode, Spongebob and Patrick discovered some "sentence enhancers," aka cuss words, that they could use to spice up their conversations. The cuss words were censored with sounds of dolphins and boat horns. It was amazing.
I sat down with the cast of Spongebob Squarepants at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con where we got to talking about this episode. Roger Bumpass, the voice of Squidward, told me,
Next time you watch that -- when Mr. Krabs goes off and they got porpoise sounds and everything, he was really cussing.
Oooooh, scandalous! Gotta watch that clip back.
The cast also brought up that here are new episodes of Spongebob that are just as great as those throwbacks, as the show still on the air. The cast is currently promoting their upcoming Halloween special, called The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom. The episode is the show's second in its history that is completely stop-motion.
Tom Kelly, the voice of Spongebob, says it's all about keeping it fresh and pushing the envelope to keep the show just as great as it was for kids growing up in the '00s. He said,
It's all about surprises. Surprises get a little harder after 20 years. It's like being married for a long time like, 'wow, how am I gonna spice this up?'
But, they know the show can be just as enjoyable for adults as it is for kids. The show's story editor and voice of Plankton, Doug Lawrence, told me,
We're closer to Pixar in what we do. I think Pixar doesn't think about the kids necessarily as much as the other studios do. They're more about entertaining everybody, and I think that was always our thing. Our show is supposed to be for everybody, not just for kids.
I know what I'm doing next Saturday morning while eating my morning Cocoa Krispies!