Fear of a Krabby Patty
|"Fear of a Krabby Patty"|
|SpongeBob SquarePants episode|
|Episode no.||Season 4|
Episode 1a (61a)
|Directed by||C.H. Greenblatt (storyboard)|
Alan Smart (|animation)
|Written by||C.H. Greenblatt|
|Produced by||Paul Tibbitt (supervising)|
|Original air date||May 6, 2005|
|Running time||11 minutes|
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"Fear of a Krabby Patty" is the first segment of the first episode and season premiere of the fourth season of the American animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. The episode originally aired on Nickelodeon in the United States on May 6, 2005. The episode was written by C.H. Greenblatt and Paul Tibbitt, and the animation was directed by Alan Smart. Greenblatt also served as a storyboard director.
The series follows the adventures and endeavors of the title character and his various friends in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom. In the episode, Mr. Krabs opens the Krusty Krab after seeing the Chum Bucket open for 23 hours. SpongeBob suffers a mental breakdown and goes to a clinic unknowingly owned by Plankton as a scheme to get the Krabby Patty secret formula.
The episode is the first episode of the series to be released after the American release of the series' 2004 film The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. The episode received positive reviews from DVD critics.
Mr. Krabs paints a sign for the new business hours of the Krusty Krab, in which Squidward loathes over, but as he puts it up by the glass, he notices that the Chum Bucket is open for 23 hours. Because of this, he declares that the Krusty Krab is open 24/7. SpongeBob becomes overjoyed and repeatedly pinches himself to make sure 'he is not dreaming'. Plankton discusses to Karen about how SpongeBob will crack from exhaustion and that SpongeBob will tell him the Krabby Patty secret formula. After three days, Plankton places an order for 10,000 Krabby Patties under the name of 'Peter Lankton'.
On the 43rd day of nonstop service, SpongeBob snaps trying to fulfill the order and imagines everyone as a killer Krabby Patty. Mr. Krabs pulls SpongeBob into the kitchen and tells him that he needs to be checked up by a professional. Plankton throws a paper airplane that SpongeBob then reads out "Dr. P. Lankton, Psychiatrist Specializing in Krabby Patty Phobias". SpongeBob goes to the Chum Bucket, redecorated as a clinic, and meets with Dr. Peter Lankton, an alter-ego of Plankton.
Plankton makes many attempts to get SpongeBob to talk about the secret formula, each failing, including making SpongeBob close his eyes and telling him to say what he sees, making SpongeBob respond to each word that he says with the first thing that comes in mind, and laying out word cards of common kitchen ingredients to be arranged as a secret formula. Plankton then tries hypnosis, swinging a watch around SpongeBob and making him sleep. Unfortunately for Plankton, he cannot get SpongeBob to wake up. SpongeBob dreams of catching a jellyfish, only to be caught and be eaten by a giant Krabby Patty. He is then seen lying in his bed, in which a Krabby Patty approaches him. The Krabby Patty brings him a cookie-pizza and chocolate milk and tells him to wake up. SpongeBob figures that he is cured and returns to the Krusty Krab, in which Plankton denies. SpongeBob tells Mr. Krabs that he only needed sleep, so Mr. Krabs changes the business hours to 23 hours and orders SpongeBob back to work.
"Fear of a Krabby Patty" was written by C.H. Greenblatt and Paul Tibbitt, with Alan Smart serving as an animation director. Greenblatt also served as a storyboard director. The episode originally aired on Nickelodeon in the United States on May 6, 2005 as the series premiere of the fourth season and was paired with the episode "Shell of a Man".
The third season went on a two-year production hiatus to work on the 2004 film The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. When production for the film ended, series creator Stephen Hillenburg wanted to end the show so that it wouldn't "jump the shark". Nickelodeon wanted more episodes produced and Hillenburg had some concerns of the movie being the show's peak, so he appointed Paul Tibbitt, previously a writer, director, and storyboard artist of the show, to be the series' new showrunner. In November 2004, Tom Kenny, Bill Faggerbakke, and the rest of the crew confirmed that four new episodes of the fourth season had been completed for broadcast on Nickelodeon in early 2005.
On May 24, 2005, 18 days after the episode first aired, a DVD and VHS compilation of the same name and based on the episode was released, both containing the episodes "Fear of a Krabby Patty", "Shell of a Man", "Arrgh!", "Neptune's Spatula", and "One Krabs Trash", and the DVD contained the bonus episodes "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V", "Karate Choppers", and "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic". The DVD also contained animaniacs of the centered episode and the episode "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V". The episode was also released on the DVD Nick Picks Vol. 3 on June 6, 2006. It was also included in the SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 4, Vol. 1 DVD on September 12, 2006. On September 22, 2009, "Fear of a Krabby Patty" was released in the SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes DVD, alongside all the episodes of seasons one through five.
- Tom Kenny - SpongeBob, Medic, Narrator
- Rodger Bumpass - Squidward
- Clancy Brown - Mr. Krabs
- Mr. Lawrence - Plankton
- Jill Talley - Karen, Girl Fish
- Mark Fite - Fish, Old Man, Patty
"Fear of a Krabby Patty" was watched by an average of 2.60 million viewers. Patrick Naugle of DVD Verdict reviewed the DVD release and boasted that "I didn't have a clue what the show was about [before watching]" and said "Some of the cartoons made me smile." Ian Jane of DVD Talk said "[despite the disc only having] eight episodes here as opposed to the usual ten that we were getting on the earlier discs ..., this compilation does have a fantastic selection of very creative and very funny cartoons." Michael Drucker of IGN gave the DVD a 6/10 and states that "A few of the SpongeBob sets in the past have had too-similar episodes bunched together in a set ... This particular disc avoids that problem by including some truly original episodes from the series, all of which demonstrate that this show isn't running out of steam." Common Sense Media gave the DVD release a 4/5 stars. The episode itself placed #11 out of #100 on the Best Day Ever Marathon and placed #35 out of #100 on a marathon that aired in the United Kingdom and Ireland named SpongeBob's Top 100.
"Fear of a Krabby Patty" and "Shell of a Man" were nominated at the 57th Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour), but lost to South Park's "Best Friends Forever". C.H. Greenblatt, Paul Tibbitt, Mike Bell, and Tim Hill won the 33rd Annie Awards for Best Writing in an Animated Television Production for the episode. The episode also won for a Special Reward at the 2005 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
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