"The Endless Summer" is a SpongeBob SquarePants educational short. In this short, SpongeBob goes to work to find Mr. Krabs taking advantage of global warming.
SpongeBob is on his way to the Krusty Krab when he spots a large factory pipe mounted on the restaurant's roof. Inside is a parked boat pumping carbon dioxide into the pipe and out into the atmosphere. Mr. Krabs explains he is using global warming to his own advantage, creating an "Endless Summer" and allowing him to open the "Krusty Pool" year-round. However, SpongeBob has a plan to create a more-effective endless summer.
Later, Mr. Krabs is seen in his office playing with tiny wax figurines of him and a customer of the Krusty Pool. However, the figurines suddenly start to melt as a result of the raised temperatures. Mr. Krabs exits his office to see seventeen boats pumping carbon dioxide into the air.
Outside, Bikini Bottom has become a burning wasteland. SpongeBob is seen throwing a tire into a fire, explaining that he is helping to cause more global warming. A mob of citizens is seen running towards the Krusty Krab, which Mr. Krabs thinks are going to the pool. However, they literally run right over Mr. Krabs, and Patrick explains to him that they're moving north, not being able to live in the new climate because it is too hot.
Mr. Krabs is both depressed and frustrated from the heat, while SpongeBob is excited to cannonball into the pool. However, the water quickly evaporates and SpongeBob lands in the empty concrete pool, exclaiming, "Ouch."
Stephen Hillenburg went on a website, www.stopglobalwarming.org, and had an idea. He told the people who made the website to make an animated SpongeBob short film, a film based on saving the world from warming up. So, they got ready to work on their short film.
Hillenburg wrote the script, directed the short film, produced, and coordinated the production. Fred Seibert took the roles of executive producer and production designer. In August 2004, the pre-production crew designed characters, props, and locations, while the other pre-production artists worked on their storyboards and visual development on their own, because storyboards and designs are made by the United Plankton Pictures pre-production unit.
Stephen Hillenburg was now ready to animate in digital traditional animation. Hillenburg animates SpongeBob and Patrick Star, while James Baxter animates the Bikini Bottom townspeople, and Frans Vischer supervised Hillenburg and Baxter animating SpongeBob, Patrick and Bikini Bottom townspeople. Finally, Don Bluth came over to animate SpongeBob and Eugene Krabs, and Bluth also animates props, vehicles, special effects, and the people of Bikini Bottom.
The animation crew of Rough Draft Studios came over to animate characters, props and special effects. Rough Draft used the ink and paint software, Toon Boom Harmony, to trace with ink from paper to scan from the computer, and color with paint, and Hillenburg checks the processing of 2D animation, which is successful. Now, they're ready to move on, to the next level.
Finally, the United Plankton Pictures and Rough Draft production unit are ready to get to the post production unit. Hillenburg supervised the post production.
The United Plankton Pictures editorial unit edit the footage of animation, and put sound, music, and special effects. The editorial unit was using the editorial software, Avid. Avid was used to edit footage.
The United Plankton Pictures sound unit tells Advantage Sound Services crew to record and mix sound, editing the sound, and designing the sound. Skywalker Sound unit join the post-production unit, too. The sound unit of United Plankton Pictures tell the Skywalker Sound and Christopher Boyes, sound designer of James Cameron's Avatar, to make sound effects, designing the sound, recording and mixing the sound, and edit the sound effects. Sound effects are used from the animated SpongeBob short film. Foley unit made the foley effects, it was created by One Step Up. ADR group was additionally voiced by themselves as Bikini Bottom townspeople. The ADR group was originally voiced by the Nickelodeon Animation Studios voice recording unit.
The voices of 3 characters who lived at the Bikini Bottom, they're voiced by Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, and Clancy Brown. The 3 voice actors are recording voices from the short film, and they're recording at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios voice recording unit. They're also the only voice actors in season 5's Pat No Pay.
The music was originally composed by Stephen Hillenburg, who puts music to edit the footage.
- Associated production music
The following is a list of music tracks used in the episode.
‣ Beach Party - Title Card
‣ Vibe Link (b) - "That's New"
‣ Keel Row - "Your wasting me precious Carbon Dioxide!"
‣ Saxaboogie - Mr. Krabs shows SpongeBob The Krusty Pool
‣ Hawaiian Link (a) - "HEEEYYY!!"
‣ The Tip Top Polka - Mr. Krabs plays with figurines
‣ Vibe Link (b) - "It's suddenly got very warm in here"
‣ Dramatic Impact 3 - "Who turned up the HEAT!?"
‣ Twelfth Street Rag - "Look, It's working!"
‣ Chase Cue 1 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]
It is produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studios, United Plankton Pictures and Rough Draft Korea (animated sequences), and distributed by StopGlobalWarming.org, Frederator Studios (better known for creating The Fairly OddParents), and Paramount Pictures Corporation. It appeared in Earth to America, which debuted on TBS on June 30, 2005. It was released online on February 7, 2006. The title is based on the 1966 film, The Endless Summer. The short can be seen in QuickTime format on the site, and was also featured in The Nicktoons Network Animation Festival in August 2005. This film was dedicated to Florida and California, the 2 hottest states in the USA.
- If you make CO2 underwater in real life, it will make bubbles and go above-water. CO2 also turns water into acid.
- The episode only had 3 voice actors: Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Faggerbakke (Patrick), and Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs).
- This short was targeted by Fox News and called "Liberal Bias."
- The street runs parallel to the Krusty Krab, meaning the Krusty Krab's front door faces west.
- This short raises concern about global warming and pollution. This is the only short to do this.
- If the pool water evaporated, the ocean water should've evaporated as well.
- The Krusty Pool is small when SpongeBob is about to dive in.
- SpongeBob's hat was larger than normal.
- It would take years to rise the CO2 levels in the ocean water.
- Doors in the Krusty Krab usually don't have doorknobs.