Spongebob Squarepants has captured the imagination and attention of its viewers since the show’s debut back in 1999. The show’s success has led to multiple films, video games, and even theme park attractions. Recently, Netflix announced that they will be merging with Nickelodeon and as part of that partnership, Spongebob’s brand is going to grow even larger.
Details On The Spongebob Spin-Off
According to a report by The New York Times, Netflix will be releasing all types of content with the Nick brand. One of those shows is going to be a music-based cartoon following Squidward from Spongebob Squarepants. This is the first spin-off of the original show and there aren’t a lot of details about the content of the upcoming show. From the few details available it seems we will be following the music career of Squidward. While Squidward has been in the entire run of the Nick show, not too much is known about the character’s past, so the show could flesh out some of the previous events of the clarinet players’ life. They could also go an entirely different route and maybe follow Squidward as he ventures away from Bikini Bottom to attempt to start a music career.
Potential For More Nickelodeon Classics To Make Triumphant Return
The Squidward spinoff is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of potential future Nickelodeon-based projects on Netflix. Nick has featured some legendary cartoons throughout the years. Shows like Hey Arnold!, Rugrats, and The Fairly Odd Parents would most likely draw interest from tons of the ’90s and early-2000s kids. Not to mention some of the more obscure hidden gems that the company has featured such as Catdog, Rocko’s Modern Life, and The Angry Beavers. There are literally endless possibilities for Netflix to pursue.
Creative Collab Between Nick And Netflix Could Breed Major Success
If all goes as expected and Netflix takes advantage of the brand recognition of Nick’s multiple popular IPs, that may open the door for more creative opportunities. Reliving the nostalgia of everyone’s favorite shows and characters is great, but sometimes it does make the artists behind the show appear a bit creatively bankrupt. This may bring up a challenging problem. Because while rehashing old shows and characters may seem uninspired, it is a much safer bet from a business perspective. If Netflix is smart, they will find a healthy balance in order to profit and stay fresh in terms of content. With the Squidward spinoff coming and several other shows or films based on Nick properties likely to follow, Netflix will be in a good spot to compete with streaming competitors in Disney Plus and Amazon.
Disney Plus Will Put The Pressure On Netflix
With Netflix gearing up for what should be a cavalcade of new content, it seems like a clear counter to their new competition in the streaming realm, Disney Plus. Disney Plus was launched in November of 2019 and features several new original series along with countless other Disney-owned content. The aforementioned service boasted of 10 million users on its first day and outperformed most sales projections. Until this point, Netflix has essentially stood as king of streaming services with little-to-no serious competition. While Netflix’s longevity will give them a huge advantage in their battle with Disney, along with their R-rated content, the original content that Disney is producing will probably put consistent pressure on Netflix.
The new Squidward show is going to be a great addition to the already brilliant Netflix catalog. Not much is known about the new show as of now, but the possibilities are enough to make any Sponge Bob fan giggle like the yellow sponge himself. If Netflix succeeds in creating fresh and funny Nickelodeon content, they’ll soon be raking in more money than Mr. Krabs.
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