Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.

The entire first episode of SpongeBob has been compressed into a single GIF

Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

At this point, SpongeBob is the binding material for the internet, a sort of permanently relevant ur-meme, primed alternately for subversion and heartwarming relatability. There is a SpongeBob meme, macro, image, GIF, or reference for almost everything, its 11 seasons of animated hijinks supplanting Simpsons quotes for people born into an internet-enabled world. We will never stop crossing new barriers in SpongeBob memes, and as proof, behold the first episode of SpongeBob compressed into a single 15-megabyte GIF and posted to Twitter:


Sure, the quality’s not great, and of course there’s no audio, but now you have a full eight-minute GIF of “Help Wanted” to post whenever the mood strikes you. The GIF’s creator, 17-year-old Shane Kuhn, also compressed the next episode of that season, “Reef Blower,” which is largely silent and works even better:

In an interview with Motherboard, Kuhn said, “I have received many requests to do more episodes, and even requests to create a GIF of the SpongeBob movie. In the words of the magic conch shell, ‘Maybe someday.’” We have no doubt—if not by him, then by someone else.

Share This Story

Get our newsletter