There's now a Twitch emote that plays a full episode of SpongeBob

Source: Paramount

The Twitch community is pushing new boundaries. Just a few months after the controversy surrounding Twitch creators watching television on stream,  there's now a fun new way to enjoy copyrighted material. A Twitch emote created last year has been gaining more popularity in chat rooms across the platform — one that shows off an entire episode of SpongeBob SquarePants


The episode in question is the season one episode "Reef Blower" — an ideal choice for Twitch considering its classic status. The episode involves Squidward waking up to find a shell on his lawn — tossing it over to SpongeBob's yard. SpongeBob uses his world's version of a leaf blower (the "reef blower") to clean up the mess — causing several more minutes of high jinks. Because the episode is one of the rare cases in SpongeBob where an episode lacks any sort of meaningful dialogue, it's the perfect choice for this type of format. 

The compressed SpongeBob episode is something that has been floating around the internet for the past several years — originally packaged as a GIF by content creator "FourScore64". The creator  originally posted the made one for the first episode of SpongeBob — "Help Wanted" — before posting the reef blower episode on the same day. Both tweets went semi-viral — garnering tens of thousands of likes.  When someone requested he create a GIF of "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie", FourScore64 responded "compressing a 90-minute movie into a GIF seems a bit tricky to do, but not impossible". Since the tweet, there has been no release of this sought-after GIF.


The owners of SpongeBob Squarepants — formerly Viacom and now Paramount Global — have been notoriously strict with the use of their intellectual property. In the past, they have sued Google in a major copyright case, as well as have been known to block fan-made videos.  

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