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These are 2 original hand-painted backgrounds from the Nickelodeon television show SpongeBob Squarepants.  The story takes place under the deep blue sea in Bikini Bottom, where SpongeBob resides. SpongeBob, who is a yellow, porous sponge, is your typical happy-go-lucky character, as he is always cheerful and enjoys making people laugh. Patrick Star, SpongeBob's neighbor who is a starfish, is your average children's show idiot, as he boasts knowing nothing and is often getting himself into ridiculous situations. Between the homes of these two lies the home of the miserable Squidward, a squid, who is known for being grouchy and playing tricks on SpongeBob and Patrick. Both SpongeBob and Squidward work at the Krusty Krab, a fast food business run by the greedy money-loving Mr. Krabs, a crab, the arch rival of the evil, possibly misunderstood, Plankton. Another neighbor, Sandy Cheeks, an athletic squirrel who normally wears an astronaut's space suit, was introduced in "Tea at the Treedome." She spends most of her time inventing and experimenting. 

These backgrounds are from the episode titled "Employee of the Month." Shown here is the wall of frames where the employees are honored, with one close-up.

  • Original Production Background on paper, with peg holes
  • Sizes of sheets: 10 x 13 1/4 inches, and 10 1/4 x 20 1/2 inches
  • Very good condition; have been stored rolled

Original Production Backgrounds are used in the making of the final version of animated productions.  The background establishes the location and the overall good mood of the scene.  Typically, a background layout artist creates a drawing to establish the content of the scene, placement of characters, perspective and camera angle.  Based on this drawing, the background artist creates a preliminary painting to confirm all of the scenes details, then the final production background which is used in the filming of the scene.  When these backgrounds are individually photographed behind the progression of production cels, and projected at a rapid succession, the images in the foreground appear to move, creating an animated scene.

The backgrounds are ready to be matted and framed.   Both include animator's notations. One has a 2003 Viacom stamp, and the other has a clear acetate sheet taped to the lower edge.

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2 SpongeBob Orig Employee...Month Animation Backgrounds

Auction ended on Wed, Jun 2, 2010
Estimate $199 - $305
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3005 Commercial
Northbrook, IL 60062
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