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Episode Information
Season №: 2
Episode №: 34b
Airdate: January 21, 2002
Sister episode(s): "Welcome to the Chum Bucket"
Writer(s): Walt Dohrn
Paul Tibbitt
Merriwether Williams
Main: Paul Tibbitt
Walt Dohrn
Storyboard: Chris Headrick
Animation: Tom Yasumi
Creative: Derek Drymon
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Previous: "Welcome to the Chum Bucket"
Next: "The Secret Box"
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"Frankendoodle" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, SpongeBob creates DoodleBob.



The narrator tells a story about an artist in a boat, drawing, then his pencil drops in the sea and he starts crying. The French Narrator then tells us that the rule of the artist at sea number one: Always bring a spare pencil. SpongeBob and Patrick are playing "Rock, Paper, Scissors" using bubbles, when the pencil lands in between them. SpongeBob and Patrick then realize that whatever they draw with the pencil comes to life, thus naming it the "Magic Pencil."

SpongeBob then draws "DoodleBob," a sketch version of himself intended to fool Squidward. However, DoodleBob begins beating Squidward up, steals the magic pencil, and wreaks havoc (such as trapping SpongeBob and Patrick in a hole, hitting Patrick with a wrench drawn from sand, a bowling ball made of a rock, and a regular rock.) until SpongeBob erases him (the eraser end of the pencil is capable of erasing anything, not just drawings).


However, an arm remains, and in the night it steals the pencil from SpongeBob and draws itself back. DoodleBob wakes up SpongeBob and attempts to erase him, and during the struggle the pencil is snapped in half (DoodleBob has the eraser and SpongeBob has the point). DoodleBob sharpens his half, so he has an eraser and a point, and the two begin dueling until SpongeBob accidentally throws his pencil out the window hitting Squidward in the process. DoodleBob corners him in front of a bookshelf, but steps on a piece of paper, sealing his leg onto the paper.

SpongeBob closes DoodleBob in a book, in which he is finally happy. The page with Doodlebob is framed on a wall. Then, Patrick came to SpongeBob's house and asked why DoodleBob was on a piece of paper. SpongeBob tells him why. Then, it goes back to the boat with the artist curled up in a ball and crying - the pencil is propelled back to the artist who grabs it and continues drawing, but when he touches his canvas, the lead snaps. Rule No. 2 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]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Hair!"]
  Comic Walk (Sidney Torch Version) - Sidney Torch [more drawings]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Wait, I've got another idea."]
  Comic Walk (Sidney Torch Version) - 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 - Hans Haider [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 - 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 (i) - 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]

*removed from APM site


This episode is number 8 on Tom Kenny's Top 20 on iTunes. His description says:



  • Even though DoodleBob spoke total gibberish, at one point he is heard speaking English when he says "You doodle! Me SpongeBob!"
  • Running Gag: Patrick being hit in the head with various objects by Doodlebob (which was cut in Indonesia possibly due to excessive violence).
  • DoodleBob has also appeared in some video games: Nicktoons Unite!, Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition and DoodleBob and the Magic Pencil (unofficial game).
  • The artist at sea is Mr. Lawrence, who writes on the show and voices Plankton and Larry the Lobster.
  • The pencil shown in the live-action version is longer but the animated version is shorter. This is to make SpongeBob and Patrick easier to handle the pencil.
  • In Indonesia, the scene where SpongeBob work together against DoodleBob from found his lair until erase its whole body until only one of his hand left was cut. This was likely due to time constraints like some other episodes that also aired in Indonesia due to airing along with ads. However, it was possibly cut due to being too brutal to be shown.
  • Patrick would use the phrase "Finland!" again in "Accidents Will Happen" and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.

Cultural references

  • The way DoodleBob erases part of SpongeBob's house was very similar to the 1954 Looney Tunes Cartoon "Devil May Hare."
  • The title is a parody of Frankenstein.
  • SpongeBob telling DoodleBob that he brought him into this world and can take him out is a reference to a line from The Cosby Show: "You know, I brought you in this world, and I can take you out."


  • Since the pencil is made out of wood, it shouldn't have sunk to the bottom of the sea.
  • The 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 tapes the pencil together, the two halves fit perfectly even though one half is sharpened.
  • SpongeBob is wearing his regular clothes in bed, while in other episodes, he wears his underwear or pajamas to bed.
  • At the start of the episode, the artist is seen making many strokes on the canvas. But when he gets his pencil back at the end of the episode, the canvas is blank. It's possible that he replaced the canvas while SpongeBob had the pencil.
  • 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 was its regular length.
  • During the part where SpongeBob and Patrick are watching DoodleBob, SpongeBob's belt is missing. After Patrick says "the 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, look closely. You'll notice that SpongeBob's belt appears for a second and then disappears again.
  • When SpongeBob looks at the book, he says, "Paper!" However, if you look closely, his lips don't move at all when he says it. It is possible that SpongeBob was just thinking the word "paper" instead of saying it.
  • While the pencil was falling towards Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob and Patrick were 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 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.
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