Dive into SpongeBob SquarePants' world with 360-degree YouTube video

Here's your chance to be, under the sea, at the Krusty Krab.

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Ever wanted to munch on a Krabby Patty at the Krusty Krab, or just watch SpongeBob SquarePants, Squidward and the rest of the Bikini Bottom crew at work? Now you don't need any underwater breathing apparatus, a la Sandy Cheeks the squirrel -- just the ability to click on a new 360-degree YouTube video posted Friday.

Nickelodeon Digital collaborated with Brooklyn-based animation studio Cartuna to create the video, which lets viewers explore different areas of SpongeBob's beloved workplace, the Krusty Krab. Characters such as superhero team Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, Krusty Krab owner Mr. Krab, evil-but-tiny Plankton and others make appearances, and sharp-eyed viewers will also spot the Alaskan bull worm, Mystery the Seahorse, DoodleBob and more familiar faces.

The video takes a variety of fan favorite scenes and lets viewers look at them from a new perspective, one in which they control the viewing angle and characters who weren't in the original scene come and go.

Back in 2020, SpongeBob SquarePants voice actor Tom Kenny talked to me about how the coronavirus lockdown would affect his happy sponge and friends, and also reflected on his character's popularity as a meme.

"Cartoons just translate globally to all cultures better than most pop culture," Kenny said. "I think that's why he's been so adopted by the meme culture."

The latest SpongeBob SquarePants feature film, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, comes to CBS All Access and video on demand services on March 4, along with the first six episodes of Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years. The Kamp Koral show features the popular characters as kids, and reveals how they met.

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