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  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Pretty much why Rehydrated was made, as the staff members are passionate SpongeBob fans.
  • Character Outlives Actor: Since the remake reuses the original game's English voice track wholesale, Barnacle Boy appears here once again despite the death of his original voice actor, Tim Conway, causing him to be retired from the show. While Mermaid Man was also retired after the death of actor Ernest Borgnine, this trope doesn't apply here, as he was replaced by Joe Whyte in the original game.
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  • Christmas Rushed: The Rehydrated remake was rushed to coincide with the original release date for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, resulting in several bugs, some of the planned cut content like Patrick's Dream being scrapped once again and both the music and voice acting exclusively being reused from the original game. Thankfully, development went very smoothly, due to the developers having the assets of the original game to work off of, and many of the bugs were patched later on.
  • Colbert Bump: The game was relatively obscure and somewhat forgotten during most of the 2000s. However, during the 2010s, serious efforts to create awareness for it had sprung up. The speedrunning community in particular had put a lot of focus in discovering numerous ways to exploit the game's Good Bad Bugs, creating lots of attention for the game and causing tons of speedrunners to flock to it. At the same time, YouTubers such as Fawful's Minion and Fred5107 brought the game into the internet spotlight, with the latter creating a movement for an Updated Re-release from fans. In 2019, the obscurity barrier finally broke when THQ Nordic announced the remake for BFBB, and that ended up causing the game to gain even more publicity as YouTubers such as SHiFT, RidersDX, C&B Extra and several others covered the remake extensively prior to its release.
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  • Collectors Edition: Rehydrated has the F.U.N. Edition, which comes with the game, stickers, lithographs, figures of Spongebob, Patrick, and Sandy, keychains of the five Tikis, and a pair of socks.
  • Creator Backlash: Joe Whyte (Mr. Krabs and Mermaid Man's voice actor for the game) admitted (see the comments) that his voice work on the game was sub-par in hindsight.
    "Yeah, I wish I could go back and re-voice this. It ain't great, and it's not my best work. I'm not even sure why Clancy wouldn't do the games. I heard something about how he just wasn't interested, but I could be wrong. I've never met him, and I'm kind of hoping I never do because I would be too embarrassed!!! Don't hold this one against me, folks. I tried!!!"
  • Development Gag: Although the full Patrick's Dream level didn't make it into the full game, he still gets one where he pretty much gives you the Spatula, with him standing in a blank black room with a spotlight being the only immediate illumination. While this is more likely a reference to the episode the world is based on, it can double as Self-Deprecation.
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  • Doing It for the Art: The Rehydrated staff were committed to stay faithful to the original game as possible, and did the game out of pure passion for SpongeBob.
  • Dummied Out:
    • Many items were never used in the game, like this soccer ball that would have replaced watermelons.
    • Some of the characters also had unused dialogue and alternate versions of some of their lines.
    • The original version of Patrick's Dream, a more elaborate dessert-themed landscape where everything is made out of ice cream, still exists in the game's files and can be accessed with hacks. It has no skybox, and most of the objects are stationary and in some cases have no collision.
    • An unfinished alternate phase of the SpongeBot SteelPants boss fight where Patrick was playable can be found through hacking.
  • Fan Nickname: The game is known to some as "BanjoBob KazooiePants 64" due to its gameplay resemblance to both games.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Joe Whyte replaces Clancy Brown and Ernest Borgnine as the voice of Mr. Krabs and Mermaid Man, respectively.
    • The German and French dubs of the original game are also this, featuring basically none of the actual cast from the dubs of the TV series. Subverted with Rehydrated, where the team at Purple Lamp had these foreign dubs completely redone with as much of the original televised German and French cast as they could.
  • No Export for You: The original game was never published in Japan or Australia, although the latter was easily available via importing.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Prominent BFBB speedrunner SHiFT assisted in Rehydrated's development and provided feedback on the remake's mechanics. He even programmed in a new camera more accurate to the original game, which they kept. He is also given special thanks in the game's credits.
    • Igor Seabra was given a special thanks in the credits as well, due to having developed the Industrial Park level editor for the original game, which Purple Lamp used.
  • What Could Have Been: The game had a substantial amount of cut content, with some of it still being accessible in the final game's files.
    • The Concept Art for the game (unlocked by paying 40,000 shiny objects to the movie theater) shows art for a proposed Robo-Squidward boss. While it was removed from the console games, the Game Boy Advance version did include it as a boss, and it eventually became a reality in the Truth or Square game. The 2020 remake of Battle for Bikini Bottom also averts this, restoring Robo-Squidward as a boss for the multiplayer section.
    • There's an unused early version of Patrick's Dream found in the GameCube version, which also happens to contain several early version of in-game objects. See it here. The 2020 remake of Battle for Bikini Bottom also averts this, restoring the level in some form in the multiplayer section. Oddly enough, said remake also has an unused map for the level as well as the additional phase for the Final Boss mentioned below.
    • Originally, SpongeBot SteelPants had a phase where he had anchor arms, and a model of the boss is still in the game's files. You can hack into those files and play that part of the game. Sandy even has an unused pain animation in that level when you find a way to reach up to her and hit her.
    • Judging by an unused title seen in an early version of the pause menu, Glove World would have been its own world.
    • Nearly every important character has an unused walking animation of some sort.
    • Robo-Patrick has what's likely an unused idle animation where he gestures you to come forth with its free hand in a "bring it on" sort of way.
    • The final boss's first phase has an unused shuffling-arm dance animation. Again, another possible idle animation.
  • Working Title: Rehydrated is internally named "Pineapple", likely referencing the pineapple SpongeBob is known for living in.


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