This year, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade started out as it normally does with live performances from some of the best Broadway shows. Everything was as it should be until the cast of SpongeBob SquarePants the Broadway Musical took the stage. That's right, I said SpongeBob SquarePants the musical, and let's just say the minute we saw the cast everyone was scratching their heads in confusion. The SpongeBob we all love was not a sponge at all, but rather a man! People were immediately posting on Twitter, and it's safe to say SpongeBob SquarePants at the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade sure had everyone talking.
The cast of the adaptation performed their song "Bikini Bottom Day" and instead of wearing full costumes, we saw human interpretations of the characters we love. So, basically instead of the same square sponge you might see walking around Times Square, we got a human-shaped man in regular pants. If you're not expecting it, the sight will surely shock the Thanksgiving stuffing right out of you.
It wasn't just SpongeBob.
Patrick, Sandy, and even Squidward were not who we remember, and Twitter was not having it. People took to the social media platform to post exactly what they were feeling. It seemed to be a mixture of anger, confusion, and disbelief. It's as if someone promised you a turkey dinner, and instead gave you Chinese takeout. Sure, you'll eat it, but it's not what you were expecting at all. It seemed as if we were all on the same emotional rollercoaster as we watched the SpongeBob performance, and people definitely showed us that ride on Twitter as they went through the different stages.
The First Stage: Confusion
Twitter wasn't sure at first what was happening. They were told it was SpongeBob, but they couldn't find a SpongeBob anywhere on their TV screens. Who was this man pretending to be the sponge we all know and love? Did Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie announce the wrong thing? They're singing about Bikini Bottom, but this can't be right. SpongeBob is a sponge. This is a human being.
Some people even had to explain to their kids why this SpongeBob was not really the SpongeBob they were expecting.
Some people were even baffled and couldn't understand why SpongeBob was being made into a musical in the first place.
The Second Stage: Feeling Uncomfortable
The sight was pretty uneasy. You expect one thing, and in turn see the complete opposite. People were generally creeped out. I thought this was supposed to be Thanksgiving, not Halloween. No more frights, please.
The Third Stage: Acceptance
Once the shock died down, people were able to make sound judgements on the performance. It's as if their eyes adjusted to what was on their screens. Of course, some people still had notes.
And some people were actually satisfied with the human counterparts.
The Fourth Stage: Excitement
After their initial feelings, some people came out at the end excited to see the entire show. It may not look like the SpongeBob we all remember, but the personality is all there. Plus, we can't argue the music is fun. Be right back, looking up the entire soundtrack now.
Now I'm kind of anxious to see the entire show. Previews started at The Palace Theater on Nov. 6 with opening night on Dec. 4. I guess we all learned a big lesson today. When they ask "Who lives in a pineapple under the sea," there are two answers; SpongeBob the sponge and SpongeBob the man sponge.