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Recap / Sponge Bob Square Pants S 9 E 24 Food Con Castaways Snail Mail

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Written by Daniel Dominguez and Josh Androsky (Food Con Castaways) / Clare O’Kane (Snail Mail)
Storyboard by Chris Allison and Ryan Kramer (Food Con Castaways) / Chong Lee (Snail Mail)
Animation Directors: Alan Smart (Food Con Castaways) / Tom Yasumi (Snail Mail)

”Food Con Castaways” contains examples of:

  • All Animals Are Dogs: For some reason, there's a snail that howls like a wolf, rather than meowing like a cat.
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  • Call-Back: A subtle one; when Mr Krabs yells at SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward to pipe down he is drawn like Moar Krabs.
  • Denser and Wackier: Thanks to the fact that it’s boarded by two Uncle Grandpa writers and boarders, the episode has a more surreal tone to it.
  • Off-Model: Quite a lot of them in this episode, as this is drawn by two freelance boarders who both work on the Toonhole comic and Uncle Grandpa. This results in a lot of weird expressions that you would expect in the grosser season 6 episodes, especially Mr Krabs briefly drawn as Moar Krabs. They would later return to work on Krabby Patty Creature Feature, this time board-driven style.
  • Running Gag: Squidward getting covered in ashes
  • Suddenly Voiced: In one scene, the Krabby Patty starts talking, and is voiced by Lori Alan.

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”Snail Mail“ contains examples of:

  • Artifact Title: Despite having "Snail" in the title, Gary only appears in the first half of the episode. Even though Vincent Waller actually made a drawing of Gary delivering mail.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Gary to SpongeBob with water in order to get him to stop panicking.
  • Imagine Spot: SpongeBob imagines a funeral for his pen pal. The highlights are his pen pal's corpse being inside a giant letter and said letter being put into a mail bin before being buried.
  • Recycled Plot: It's basically a rehash of The Sponge Who Could Fly, except that SpongeBob attempts to be a pilot.
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