Art Style analysis in Spongebob and various other shows

Favorite art style

  • Markerbob

    Votes: 12 40.0%
  • Noodlebob

    Votes: 1 3.3%
  • Cubebob

    Votes: 1 3.3%
  • Normal

    Votes: 4 13.3%
  • Moviebob

    Votes: 3 10.0%
  • Modern SpongeBob Animation

    Votes: 1 3.3%
  • Cheekbob (season 6 version)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Noodlebob knock-off (Season 4-5)

    Votes: 1 3.3%
  • 2004 produced early season 4 (season 3 lookalikes)

    Votes: 3 10.0%
  • Greenblattbob (Dying for Pie and Fear of a Krabby Patty)

    Votes: 4 13.3%

  • Total voters
    30

MeterMarker

Baby Clam
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Some season 1 art style analysis

Some episodes that are very early in production code order have a style I call "Protobob" - Spongebob's eyes have thick lines, and the rest of his body apart from his face has thin lines:
protobob.jpg

This evolves into "Loosebob". By then all the lines have become uniform in thickness, apart from occasional inconsistencies.
loosebob.jpg

And of course we have Uglybob which was mentioned earlier in this thread.

Later episodes introduce "Premiumbob", which looks much nicer, where the line thickness is more varied.
premium.jpg

The Flying Dutchman's design has the most extreme difference between Loosebob and Premiumbob:
tfd.jpg

The episodes at the very end of season 1 employ an even more on model artstyle:

As noted on the first page, this is basically Markerbob, but animated with cels. (Celbob?)
 

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MeterMarker

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Meanwhile, Jellyfishing is a really interesting episode as it really likes to switch styles:

Protobob

Premiumbob

Loosebob

Being among the first episodes is probably why it's like that.
 
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Fear Of A Nerdy Patty

Flying Dutchman's Sock
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The modern seasons could use more quiter, chilled out images like this one. It really transports you into a pleasant campout with friends in the woods.

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Original Raw and Uncut

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Who remembers this error that occurred when Gary's New Toy premiered in 2012? The episode was SD cropped, instead of airing in HD Widescreen, this probably had to do with the fact that this episode premiered alongside some season 8 holdovers, causing someone to forget to change the settings on the control panel. This error was finally fixed when they paired this up with Patrick-Man! This also happened a few times when they did reruns of Extreme Spots/Squirrel Record in 2013. It would also happen when they would air a season 9 episode after a movie in order to fill the time slot, causing one segment to air without the other. (It would be a B segment, so the credits can still be shown after the episode's over)
 
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