I just want to start oft toy saying it you want an answer at the end, prepare he disappointed.
There just isnt one.
I was an intern at Nickelodeon Studios tor a year in sees tor my degree in animation. It wasn' t
paid of course, most internships aren' t, hut it did have some perks beyond edication. To adults
it might not seem like a hig one, hut most kids at the time Would go crazy over it.
New, since I werked directly with the editors and animators, I got to view the new episodes days
before they aired I' ll get right to it without giving many unnecessary details. They had very
recently made the movie and the entire staff was somewhat sapped creativity so
it took them longer to start up the season. But the delay lasted longer for mere upsetting reasons
There was a prollem with the series at premiere that set everyine and everything back for
Me and two ether interns were in the editing reem alang with the lead animators and sound
editors tor the final cut. We received the copy that was supposed to he "Fear a Krabby Patty"
and gathered amend the screen to watch. New, given that it isn' t final yet animaters aften put
up a mock title card, sen m an inside jake tor us. with phony, often times lewd titles, such as
How sex deosn‘ t werk” instead "/ when and Patrick adept
a sea scallop. Nothing particularly funny hut werk related chuckles. So when we saw the title
card "Squidward' s Suicide" we didn' t think it more than a merced jake.
the the interns did a small threat laugh at it. The happygoeslucky music plays as is nermal.
The story hagan with Squidward practicing his clarinet, hitting a few seer notes like normal.
We hear Sponger's laughing outside and Squidward stops, yelling at him to keep it dawn as
he has a concert that night and needs practice. says akay and goes see
Sandy with Patrick. The headles splash screen semes up and we see the ending ' s
concert. This is when things began to seem eff.
While playing, a few frames repeat themselves. hut the sound doesnt (at this point seend is
synced up with animation, SO, yes, that' s net common) but when he steps playing, the weed
finishes as it the skip never happened. There is slight murmuring in the cread refere they hugin
to him. Not normal cartoon heaing that is commen in the show, hut you could very clearly
hear malice in it. Squidward' s in full frame and leeks visibly afraid. The shot goes to the crowd,
with in posterframe, and he tee is heaing, very much unlike him. That isn' t the
oddest thing, though. What is edd is everyone had hyper realistic eyes. Very detailed- Clearly
not shots real peeple‘ s eyes, but samething a hit more real than CGI. The pupils were red.
Seem es looked at each other, previously confesed. hut since we weren' t the writers, we didn' t
question its appeal to children yet.
The shot gees to Squidward sitting on the edge his bed, Iceking very farleon- The view out
his porthole winder is of a night sky it isn' t very long after the concert. The unsettling part is
at this point there is seem. Literally seem. Not even the feedback from the speakers in
the reem- It' s as if the speakers were turned eff, thaugh their status shewed them working
perfectly. He just sat there, blinking, in this silence fer eheut sh seconds, then he started seh
saftly. He put his hands (tentacles) over his eyes and cried quietly tor a full minute mere. all the
while a seem in the background very slowly growing frem nothing to harely audible. It seemed
like a slight breeze through a forest.
The screen slowly begins to zoom in on his face. By slow I mean it' s only noticeable if you leek
at shots IO decends apart side by side- His seaking gets Feeder, more fell hurt and anger. The
screen then twitches a hit, as if it twists in en itself, tor a split second then hack normal. The
sound gets slowly Feeder and more severe, as if a storm is brewing
somewhere- The eerie part is this seem, and Squidward' s thhing, seemed real, as if the
sound wasn' t coming frem the speakers but as if the speakers were holes the seem was
coming through hem the other side- As good as seem as the studie likes to have, they dent
purchase the equipment to he that gem produce seem that quality.
seem ofthe wind and seaking, very faint, something seemed like laughing. l came
at edd intervals and never lasted more than a second you had a hard time pinning it (we
watched this show twice, pardon me nothings sound specific hut I' had time think
eheut them). After it decends this, the screen blurred and twitched violently and something
flashed ever the screen, as it a single frame was replaced.
The lead animation editor paused and rewound frame toy frame. What we saw was horrible- It
was a still phote eta dead child. He wuldn‘ t have heen mere than 5. The face was mangled
and , one eye dangling ever his upturned face, popped. He was naked down his
underwear, his stomach crudely cut Open and his entrails laying beside him. He was laying en
seme pavement that was a read.
The most upsetting part was that there was a shadow m the photographer. There was no cemo
tape, evidence tags or markers, and the angle was completely eff fer a shot designed he
evidence. It would seem the photographer was the person responsible tor the child' s death. We
were m cerise mortimer, hut pressed en, heping that it was just a sick jake.
The screen flipped hack to Squidward, still seaking, refere, and half hedy in frame.
There was now what appeard to he hawd running dawn his face hem his eyes. The bleed was
also wee in a hyper realistic style, Iceking as r you teached it we' d get blood on your fingers.
The wind seemed new as if it were that of a gale clewing through the farest: there were even
snapping seems branches. The laughing, a deep baritone, lasting at Zenger intervals and
coming more frequently. Ahea eheut 20 seconds, the screen again twisted and showed a single
The editor was reluctant go hack, we all were, hut he knew he had . This time the photo was
that m what appeared be a little girl, no elder than the first child. She was laying en her
stomach, her barrettes in a peel of bleed next to her. Her left eye was tee popped out and
popped, naked except fer underpants. Her entrails were piled on tep her ahave another
crude cut along her back. Again the hedy was en the street and the photographers shadew
was visible, very similar in size and shape to the first. I had choke hack vomit and ene intern,
the only female in the reem, ran out. The shew resumed
Eheut 5 seconds after this second photo played, Squidward went silent, as did all seem, like it
was when this scene started. He put his tentacles dawn and his eyes were now wee in hyper
realism like the ethers were in the beginning m this episide- They were bleeding, ,
and pulsating. He just stared at the screen, as it watching the viewer. After eheut re seconds,
he started sewing, this time not covering his eyes. The seem was piercing and teed, and most
fear inducing m all is his sewing was mixed with screams.
Tears and bleed were dripping dawn his face at a heavy rate. The wind sound came hack. and
did the deep voiced laughing, and this time the still photo lasted fer a gem 5 frames.
The animater was able to stop it on the are and hacked up. This time the photo was eta hey,
whet the same age, hut this time the scene was different. The entrails were just being pulled
out hem a stomach wound by a large hand. the right eye popped and dangling, heem trickling
dawn it. The animater preceeded. It was hard to believe, hut the next one was different hut we
ceilin' t tell what. He went on to the next, same thing. He want hack to the first and played them
quicker and I lest it. I vomited en the Mor, the animating and seem editors gasping at the
screen. The 5 frames were net as if they were 5 different photos, they were played out as if they
were frames hem a videa. We saw the hand slowly lift out the guts, we saw the kid' s eyes feces
on it, we even saw we frames of the kid beginning to iliek.
The lead seem miter teld es to stop, he had to call in the creator to see this. Mr. Hillenburg
arrived within ahmet 15 minutes. He was confesed as to why he was called dawn there, so the
centipied the episode. Once the few frames were shown, all screaming, all seem
again stopped. Stemware was just staring at the viewer, full frame of the face, tor eheut 3
seconds. The shot quickly panned out and that deep Voice said "DO IT" and we see in
s hands a shotgun. He immediately puts the genie his mouth and pulls the trigger.
Realistic heem and Drain matter splatters the wall behind him, and his hed, and he flies hack
with the force. The last 5 decends of this opisme show his body en the bed, en his side, one
eye dangling on whats left of his head ahave the floor, staring blankly at it. Then the epiode
Mr. Hillenburg is enviously angry at this. He demanded knew what the heck was geier en-
Most people left the room at this point sh it was just a handful us to watch it again. Viewing
the episode twice anly served to imprint the entirety m it in my mind and cause me horrible
nightmares. I' m sorry I stayed.
The only theere we weld think of was the tale was edited toy sameone in the chain hem the
drawing studie here. The CTO was called in to analyze when it happened. The analysis the
file did shew it was edited ever by new material. However, the timestamp it was a mere 24
seconds before we hagan viewing it. All equipment involved was examined tor foreign software
and hardware as well as glitches, as it the time stamp may have glitched and shewed the wrang
time, hut everything checked wt fine. We dent knew what happened and this day nobody does.
There was an due to the nature m the photos, but nothing came m it. No child seen
was identified and clues were gathered hem the data involved her physical clues in the photos.
I never believed in unexplainable phenomena refere, hut new that I have something happen and
can' t prove anything about it beyond anecdotal evidence, I think twice whet things.