United Plankton Pictures Inc. is an American television and film production company founded in 1998 by Stephen Hillenburg. Its headquarters is located in Los Angeles, California. Its production includes the animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants and his comics in association with Nickelodeon Animation Studios.
Their logo is an ocean background with a crudely-drawn Plankton holding hands with his cousins (see "Plankton's Army") with the blue "United Plankton" text above, and the "Pictures." text below, both of which are written in the familiar "SpongeBob" font. The logo currently appears at the end of all SpongeBob SquarePants episodes.
As the company wasn't founded, during the production of the early pilot of the series in 1997, there was a logo with the "Created By" text above, the famous SpongeBob drawing in the middle and the "Stephen Hillenburg" text below.
- Oddly enough, in "Wet Painters"/"Krusty Krab Training Video," the United Plankton Pictures, Inc. logo was accidentally plastered by the Klasky Csupo logo on airings with split-screen credits. The reason why this logo was replaced is because Klasky-Csupo made multiple cartoons for Nickelodeon that makes custom split-screen credits for each show they aired. But for the said, Nick flubbed and used the Klasky-Csupo credits and that's why the K-C logo appeared. It is one of the most oddest mistakes ever in logo history. This mistake was fixed in later airings in 2006.
- Due to the error, the Nickelodeon logo had the sound of kids laughing from the Klasky Csupo shows instead of seagulls chirping.
- During the airing of "Texas"/"Walking Small" on February 8, 2016, the United Plankton Pictures, Inc. logo in the credits was accidentally replaced by the Billionfold Inc. logo instead.
- Coincidentally, Hillenburg was childhood friends with Butch Hartman.
- On one 2008 airing of a 2007 episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, the Nickelodeon Lightbulb copyright info for said show was accidentally put on the United Plankton Pictures logo. It's unknown why this occurred, but this so far happened only once. Scroll down to the references page and click on the second link. Skip to around 2:15 to see it.
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