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“The characters act the same, the recording process is exactly the same. Our job is exactly the same. There’s still plenty of the animated mayhem and anarchy that happens in the 2-D version of the show,” he said.

Screen Novelties, the Los Angeles studio that produced the Christmas special, made a feast out of the job. In just one of their inventive approaches, filmmakers used fruit-flavored cereal to create a coral reef.

“I came to the studio and they had hundreds of boxes of cereal open and were hot-gluing it together,” Mr. Kenny recalled.

The Patrick Star puppet was covered in woollike material and SpongeBob “wasn’t a sponge, but some kind of weird material they found somewhere,” he said. “They’re like ‘MacGyver,’ always repurposing something.”

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