"Dear Vikings" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from Season 6. In this episode, SpongeBob wants to learn about vikings after Mr. Krabs does a promotion for them at the Krusty Krab.

Characters

Synopsis

SpongeBob and Squidward meet the Vikings.

Mr. Krabs creates a "viking promotion" at the Krusty Krab by serving Regular, Large and Viking Sized Drinks (which really are all the same size) in a bid to save the restaurant money, yet at the same time, to fool the customers into paying more money for the same size drink. He also states that whoever orders a Viking Sized cup tries on a cardboard helmet (that he found in his attic) which is also a gimmick for more money. This gets SpongeBob interested in Vikings. Squidward then teaches him about Vikings, though nothing he said was true. Then SpongeBob sends a letter to the Vikings although it is immediately thrown out, as the letter doesn't have a valid address on it (SpongeBob wrote "To Vikings" with a heart).

Meanwhile, at the post office, a garbageman (who is a Viking) notices it and delivers the letter to the Viking Chief. He then sends his men to the Krusty Krab to teach them about the Vikings (which is redecorating, appropriating, and liberating) and they kidnap SpongeBob and Squidward. The Vikings bring SpongeBob and Squidward to their ship where they then introduce themselves as Gordon and a bunch of Olafs. SpongeBob then asks what they do for fun (which is just throwing a shield), then one says they like to sing songs, even though they actually don't. The Vikings proceed to make SpongeBob the head chef, and Squidward the bathroom attendant. Soon afterward, Squidward complains about the poor lifestyle, which results in the Vikings tying him to a catapult in an effort to launch him off of their ship. Soon, the Vikings discover that they have hit a rock and that their boat will leak, which gives SpongeBob an idea. He then plugs up the boat with his porous appearance, and saves the Vikings, claiming the events to be "a viking sized adventure."

Production

Art

Music

 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  SpongeBob Theme II - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Happy Sack Shanty - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [opening]
  Accordian Fanfare - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["There's Regular, Large..."]
  French Horn Rips - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["...and the new Viking Size!"]
  Daily Chores Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["But Mr. Krabs, these are all the same size."]
  Viking Horn - Nicolas Carr [cardboard Viking helmet]
  Daily Chores Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Don't you know when you're being ignored?"]
  What's This - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob asks what a Viking is.]
  Daily Chores Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["The Vikings lived a long time ago."]
  The Quest (a) - Robert Foster [Squidward teaching SpongeBob about the Vikings]
  Light and Stupid Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston ["Of course they do."]
  Hawaiian Happiness - Jon Jelmer [SpongeBob writing a letter to the Vikings]
  Hurry - Ludo Philipp [at the post office]
  Roman Empire - Larry Hochman [Viking garbageman]
  Celtic Lands - David Farnon [at the Viking lair]
  Big Bad Giant - Paddy Kingsland [garbageman enters]
  Celtic Lands - David Farnon ["Your Majesty, look! A letter!"]
  Gates of Troy - David Farnon [Viking ship arrives at Krusty Krab]
  Portents of War (a) - Robert Foster [SpongeBob and Squidward kidnapped]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Squidward?"]
  French Horn Rips - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [shot of Viking ship]
  Big Bad Giant - Paddy Kingsland [Vikings introduce themselves]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Like what?"]
  Boring Morning - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston [shield toss]
  March to Conquest (a) - Roderick Skeaping, Robin James Jeffrey ["No, we don't!"]
  Big Bad Giant - Paddy Kingsland ["So tell me, what is it that you two know how to do?"]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward saying all the things he can do]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Squidward assigned to bathroom attendant]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch ["Hold it right there, whiskers!"]
  March to Conquest (a) - Robin James Jeffrey, Roderick Skeaping [Squidward about to be catapulted off the ship]
  Entry of the Heroes A - Gregor F. Narholz ["You mean to question the will of the tribe?"]
  Rescue - Cecil Milner [ship hits an iceberg]
  Toy Piano - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [security blanket]
  Attack - Anthony Hymas [SpongeBob saves the ship]
  Tentically Speaking - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]

Release

Reception

  • This episode was nominated for an Emmy at the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Animated Programs.[1]
  • "Dear Vikings" was ranked #61 during the SpongeBob's Top 100 event in the UK and Ireland from June 4-8, 2012.

Trivia

General

  • This episode was available on the iTunes store before it aired on Nickelodeon in the United States, and it was paired with "Ditchin'" for $1.99.[citation needed]
  • This episode premiered during the the 2008 Super Stuffed Nicksgiving Weekend.
  • The title card background for "Pull Up a Barrel" is similar to this one's. The only difference is that the thin metal is horizontal in this title card, while in "Pull Up a Barrel," it is vertical.
  • This episode breaks the fourth wall when the Vikings look at the viewers when saying, "Sock'n Garten."
  • SpongeBob mentions the episode title when he reads the note out loud.
  • SpongeBob's letter:
    • Dear Vikings, I am writing to ask you guys about your lives and stuff. If you had take the time to answer all my neat questions, then that would be really swell.
  • In the German dub, all the Vikings are called Olaf except Gordon, who is called Günther.
  • List of facts about Vikings way of life:
    • Like to redecorate (demolish things)
    • Do appropriate things (steal loot)
    • Liberate (take hostages)
    • Fun activities:
      • Shield toss
      • Flaming shield toss
  • This is the first episode to use the tracks "Happy Sack Shanty" and "Daily Chores Jig."
  • There are two online games based on this episode: Viking Hiking and Sockengarten Saga.
  • During the History of SpongeBob Marathon, this episode was paired with "Spongicus."
  • In Bahasa Indonesia version, the scene where SpongeBob is sending a letter to the Vikings and the green Olaf being launched off the ship with a catapult are cut due to time constraints.

Cultural references

  • All of the vikings having the name Olaf is likely a reference to all of the vikings sharing the name of Magnus in the 2002 Robbie the Reindeer film "Legend of the Lost Tribe."

Errors

  • When SpongeBob said the cups were the same size, the regular size cup is slightly smaller.

    Slightly smaller cup

  • During the scene where SpongeBob says, "I'll let you know if I think of anything," his nose looks like Squidward's. When the camera switches then switches back to SpongeBob, his nose is normal again.
  • When the ship hits the iceberg, the figurehead falls off, but later, it is still there.

References

Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants VE

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Primetime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour)

Nominees: Sean Dempsey, Derek Drymon, Juli Murphy Hashiguchi, Sam Henderson, Stephen Hillenburg, Jay Lender, Mark O'Hare, Kent Osborne, Alan Smart, Paul Tibbitt, Tom Yasumi (for "New Student Starfish"/"Clams," 2003)Derek Drymon, Juli Murphy Hashiguchi, Stephen Hillenburg, Kent Osborne, Andrew Overtoom, Alan Smart, Paul Tibbitt (for "Ugh," 2004)Mike Bell, C.H. Greenblatt, Stephen Hillenburg, Alan Smart, Paul Tibbitt, Vincent Waller, Tom Yasumi (for "Fear of a Krabby Patty"/"Shell of a Man," 2005)Casey Alexander, Luke Brookshier, Stephen Hillenburg, Tom King, Dani Michaeli, Chris Mitchell, Andrew Overtoom, Alan Smart, Paul Tibbitt and Tom Yasumi (for "Bummer Vacation"/"Wigstruck," 2007)Steven Banks, Charlie Bean, Stephen Hillenburg, Dani Michaeli, Chris Reccardi, Alan Smart, Aaron Springer, Paul Tibbitt, Tom Yasumi (for "The Inmates of Summer"/"The Two Faces of Squidward," 2008)

Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Animated Programs

Nominees: Dina Buteyn, Stephen Hillenburg, Dani Michaeli, Alan Smart, Aaron Springer, Paul Tibbitt and Tom Yasumi (for "Dear Vikings," 2009)

Outstanding Short-format Animated Program

Nominees: Luke Brookshier, Dina Buteyn, Nate Cash, Stephen Hillenburg, Doug Lawrence, Andrew Overtoom, Alan Smart and Paul Tibbitt (for "That Sinking Feeling," 2011)Marc Ceccarelli, Stephen Hillenburg, Kyle McCulloch, Jennie Monica, Jack Pendarvis, Alan Smart, Paul Tibbitt, Vincent Waller, Tom Yasumi (for "Company Picnic," 2016)Luke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli, Stephen Hillenburg, Jennie Monica, Adam Paloian, Alan Smart, Vincent Waller, Tom Yasumi (for "Plankton Paranoia," 2019)


Daytime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program

Directors: Andrew Overtoom, Andrea Romano, Alan Smart and Tom Yasumi (2010)Casey Alexander, Luke Brookshier, Nate Cash, Zeus Cervas, Sean Charmatz, Andrew Overtoom, Andrea Romano, Alan Smart, Aaron Springer, Paul Tibbitt, Vincent Waller and Tom Yasumi (2012)

Outstanding Special Class Animated Program

Animators: Dina Buteyn, Stephen Hillenburg and Paul Tibbitt (2010)

Outstanding Children's Animated Program

Nominees: Stephen Hillenburg, Jennie Monica Hammond and Paul Tibbitt (2012)Stephen Hillenburg, Marc Ceccarelli, Vincent Waller and Jennie Monica (2018)

Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program

Voice actors: Rodger Bumpass as Squidward Tentacles (2012)Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants (2018)Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants (2020)

Outstanding Sound Editing – Animation

Nominees: Todd Brodie, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Chris Gresham, Matt Hall, Jeffrey Hutchins, James Lifton, Paulette Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Aran Tanchum and Kimberlee Vanek (2012) • Mishelle Fordham, Vincent Guisetti, Jeffrey Hutchins, James Lifton, Paulette Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Wes Otis, Monique Reymond and Aran Tanchum (2013) • Devon Bowman, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Jeff Hutchins, Aran Tanchum and Vincent Guisetti (2014)

Outstanding Sound Mixing for an Animated Program

Nominees: D.J. Lynch, Justin Brinsfield, Ryan Greene, Manny Grijalva, Jeff Hutchins and Aran Tanchum (2020)

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