- Artist at sea (debut)
- French Narrator
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Patrick Star
- Doodle Jellyfish (debut)
- Magic mustache (debut)
- Squidward Tentacles
- Squid Doodle (debut)
- DoodleBob (debut)
- Gary the Snail
On the ocean's surface, an artist in a rowboat sketches feverishly. Unfortunately, his pencil slips from his hand and falls into the sea. As the artist cries out in horror, the French Narrator states the first rule of the artist at sea: "Always bring a spare pencil."
Down on the ocean floor, SpongeBob and Patrick are playing "Rock-Paper-Scissors" using bubbles when the pencil suddenly lands in between them. SpongeBob and Patrick, at first terrified of the large artifact, start to doodle with it. They soon come to discover that whatever they draw with the pencil is brought to life, and thus dub it the "Magic Pencil."
SpongeBob soon draws "DoodleBob," a sketch version of himself intended to fool Squidward. However, DoodleBob beats Squidward up and steals the Magic Pencil, going off to wreak havoc across the seascape. SpongeBob eventually turns the tide of battle and uses the pencil's eraser to rub out DoodleBob.
Unbeknownst to SpongeBob and Patrick, a lone arm remains, and in the night it steals the pencil back from SpongeBob and redraws its body. DoodleBob then attempts to erase SpongeBob, and during the struggle, the pencil is snapped in half. DoodleBob has the eraser and SpongeBob has the point. However, DoodleBob sharpens his half and SpongeBob accidentally flicks his pencil out of the window at Squidward's head. DoodleBob corners SpongeBob in front of a bookshelf, but steps on a sheet of paper and finds his foot absorbed into it.
Seizing his chance, SpongeBob closes DoodleBob in a book, in which the doodle is finally happy. The page with DoodleBob is then framed on a wall. Patrick arrives and listens to SpongeBob's musings on the nature of his doppelgänger, taking SpongeBob's photograph for the doodle. They decide to send the magic pencil back from where it came, shooting it back up to the distraught artist.
With his drawing instrument returned, the artist excitedly prepares to begin a new masterpiece, but when the pencil meets the canvas, the lead snaps. As the artist cries out once more, the French Narrator states the second rule of the artist at sea: "Always bring a pencil sharpener."
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
‣ Arnold is Back 1 - Gregor F. Narholz [title card]
‣ Une Nuit au Cabaret - Victor Cavini [artist at sea]
‣ Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer [pencil dropped into sea]
‣ Dancing the Hula - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob and Patrick blowing bubbles]
‣ Dramatic Cue (d) - Ronald Hanmer [pencil lands]
‣ Dangerous C - Mladen Franko [they run around screaming]
‣ Stealth by Night - Jack Coles ["What is that thing, SpongeBob?"]
‣ Tomfoolery - David Snell [drawing giant pictures]
‣ Glissando (c) - Richard Myhill, Skaila Kanga ["We found a magic pencil!"]
• Magic Sting - Nicolas Carr [Overlays "Glissando (c)"]
‣ Tomfoolery - David Snell [Magic mustache.]
• Idea Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hair!"]
‣ Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [more drawings]
• Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Wait, I've got another idea."]
‣ Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [SpongeBob draws a doodle of himself]
‣ Death Trap - Gregor F. Narholz [doodle beats up Squidward]
‣ Stepping into Danger - Mike Sunderland [poorly drawn pineapple]
‣ Dramatic Impact 2 - Ivor Slaney [SpongeBob and Patrick fall down a hole]
‣ Stealth by Night - Jack Coles [doodle babbling]
‣ Arnold is Back 1 - Gregor F. Narholz [wrench lands on Patrick's head]
‣ Frankenstein's Niece A - Gregor F. Narholz [doodle runs off]
‣ Finger of Fear - Fredric Bayco ["He's putting down the pencil."]
‣ Battle at Sea - Johnny Pearson [SpongeBob erasing doodle]
‣ Frankenstein's Niece A - Gregor F. Narholz [doodle's arm crawls out]
• Solo Steel 2 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob in bed]
‣ Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede [arm sneaks into SpongeBob's house]
‣ King Kong Coming - Gregor F. Narholz [doodle reappears]
• Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [doodle chases SpongeBob]
‣ Ready for Combat [#2.02] - Gregor F. Narholz ["It looks like this is a draw."]
‣ Flight in Panic 1 - Gregor F. Narholz [doodle sharpens pencil]
‣ Frankenstein's Niece A - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob scared]
‣ Dramatic Cue (d) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob gets an idea]
‣ Glissando (g) - Skaila Kanga, Richard Myhill [doodle smiles]
‣ Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill [the next day]
‣ Lonely Stranger - Laurie Johnson ["He was just a two-dimensional creature..."]
‣ Fancytale - Gregor F. Narholz [pencil launched back to surface]
‣ Une Nuit au Cabaret - Victor Cavini [ending]
- This episode is available on the Halloween, Complete 2nd Season, The Tom Kenny Collection, SpongeBob ScaryPants Collection, First 100 Episodes, Holidays with SpongeBob 3-DVD Gift Set, SpongeBob SquarePants Vol. 3, Beware the Hooks, The SpongeBob SquarePants Collection, Complete Second Season, From the Beginning, Pt.1, Fine Arts Collection, The First & Second Seasons, and The Best 200 Episodes Ever DVDs.
- This episode is also available on the Halloween VHS tape.
- This episode is number 8 on The Tom Kenny Collection on iTunes and Amazon.com. His description says:
- "SpongeBob creates an evil doodle of himself with a magic pencil he finds. I actually feel sorry for the "monster" when he has to be erased. Another semi-creepy one! Producer Paul Tibbett[ ] does Frankendoodle's[ ] voice."
- The artist at sea is Doug Lawrence, a main writer on the show and the voice of Plankton.
- The pencil shown in the live-action version is longer while the animated version is shorter.
- Patrick's question on whether it is DoodleBob's birthday can actually be answered in the affirmative, as it is still the day of DoodleBob's creation.
- During the Craziest Creatures marathon it was paired up with "Wormy."
- Even though DoodleBob speaks total gibberish, at one point he is heard speaking English when he says, "You doodle! Me SpongeBob!"
- Foreshadowing: While playing Rock-Paper-Scissors with bubbles, SpongeBob asks why Patrick always chooses paper. It is later revealed that paper is the solution to defeat DoodleBob.
- The scene were DoodleBob using a drawning of a bowling ball at Patrick was later seen in the video game Nicktoons Movin'.
- According to The Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash marathon's Celebrity Favorites, Tony Hawk rated this as his favorite SpongeBob SquarePants episode.
- There is an online game based on this episode called SpongeBob Saves Bikini Bottom.
- There's a sequel to this episode named "Doodle Dimension."
- Patrick in this episode has spawned a ton of memes on the internet including:
- "Where's the leak, ma'am?"
- Patrick wishing DoodleBob a happy birthday and getting hit on the head with a rock and saying, "You're welcome."
- Patrick saying "Finland!"
- In the Russian dub, this joke was changed. SpongeBob says, "Where are you, Patrick?" and Patrick says, "In Finland!"
- In the Finnish dub, Patrick says, "Suomi!" which means "Finland!" in Finnish.
- In the Filipino, Italian, Korean & Japanese dubs, Patrick says, "Strike!" rather than "Finland!"
- In the Serbian dub, Patrick Says "Happy Birthday (срећан рођендан)" rather than "Finland!"
- In Germany Dub, Patrick Says "All Nine! (Allen neune) rather than "Finland!"
- The title is a pun on Frankenstein.
- The episode having a two-dimensional being who wants to be a real being living in the real world as the main antagonist could also be a reference to the 1992 Ralph Bakshi hybrid film Cool World.
- Since the pencil is made of wood, it should float on water, not sink to the bottom of the sea.
- While the pencil is falling towards Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob and Patrick are playing Rock-Paper-Scissors with bubbles. However, when the pencil crashes into the sea floor, the bubble blowers and bubble fluid are gone.
- When Spongebob and Patrick panic at the sight of the pencil, they panic and run around. But every time SpongeBob runs off-screen, he runs to the right side of the screen, then when he reappears, he is at the left side. Same thing happens with Patrick, except he runs to the left side and then reappears at the right side.
- SpongeBob and Patrick ring Squidward's doorbell. When DoodleBob goes up to Squidward, he has no doorbell.
- After DoodleBob draws a hole in front of his house, SpongeBob and Patrick glitch into the frame.
- During the part where SpongeBob and Patrick are watching DoodleBob, SpongeBob's belt is missing. After Patrick says, "That stupid tie!" and SpongeBob clears his throat, Patrick says, "Oh, but it looks good on you SpongeBob," and then SpongeBob and Patrick both gasp when they see what DoodleBob is doing. As they gasp, SpongeBob's belt appears for a second and then disappears again.
- DoodleBob has three fingers at first, but when his hand enters SpongeBob's bedroom and takes the pencil, he has four fingers instead of three. After he redraws himself, he has three fingers again.
- When SpongeBob and DoodleBob are in SpongeBob's living room, in the initial shot of the TV, the images next to it are just shots of barren landscape. In the next shot, they are images of Patrick, SpongeBob, and the pineapple respectively. In the third shot, they are just solid colors. In the fourth shot, they go back to the images of Patrick, SpongeBob, and the pineapple. In the fifth shot, they go back to the solid colors. This back and forth happens two more times. The final shots of the photos are Patrick, SpongeBob, and the pineapple.
- When SpongeBob breaks the pencil, it is snapped in half, but after DoodleBob points SpongeBob with it after SpongeBob accidentally throws his half, the pencil is its regular length.
- The piece of paper that DoodleBob was stuck to disappears once he is trapped into the notebook.
- When SpongeBob tapes the pencil together, the two halves fit perfectly even though one half is sharpened and has an eraser at the other end.
- When SpongeBob hides behind the door, DoodleBob erases it and SpongeBob's butt, but when SpongeBob says "Be careful with that thing, who knows what will happen," the door is back.
- Patrick being hit in the head with various objects by DoodleBob and saying random things.
- When something bad happens to the artist's pencil, the narrator gives a lesson of the sea, then the artist screams.
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