This is a VHS Backup of Nickelodeon recordings from September 1999. I believe these recordings are from 9/15/99, 9/16/99, and 9/17/99
Not sure if all of these recordings have been released, but considering the SpongeBob Squarepants recording was released before, I don't know.
Keep in mind that this when I received this tape, the case fell apart, had cracks in it, and jammed my VCR / DVD Combo. I had to back this tape up 3 times, as the first two times yielded either unsynced audio, or static bouncing video.
Tape Contents - In Order:
Ending to the Rocket Power episode Loss of Squid - Missing about 16-17 seconds of what was recorded due to copy protection, was mostly static, and episode was incomplete / almost over anyway - Probably 9/15/99 - Premiere? - I've managed to salvage what was missing and will include it in a separate video.
The Brady Bunch Theme Song - I believe the episode was And Now a Word From Our Sponsor, but it cuts off a few seconds after the theme song.
The Wild Thornberrys - Dances With Dingoes - Premiere?
Cousin Skeeter - Unchained - Premiere?
The Brady Bunch Theme Song - Guessing the episode was supposed to be The Private Ear, but it cuts out during the theme song.
CatDog - Send In The CatDog / Fishing for Trouble / Fetch - Cuts out after the title card for Fetch
To anyone mad at me for this:
I am a preservationist, not a hoarder. I believe the first step in true preservation is to make backups of backups, and spread them around, rather than entrusting these recordings in the hands of an elite group of people. These tapes should not be sold at a profit. That's making money off of someone else's intellectual property. Unfortunately, buying tapes contributes to the problem, but it gets these tapes out there for everyone to enjoy. My morals think hoarding, selling, and trading, are the wrong thing to do, from a preservationist point of view, and I think it's selfish, and simply not nice, to engage in these practices. I'm not going to name names, you all know who you are.
How can you help the preservation community:
Please do not rely on me to buy every tape backup on eBay. I can afford to help the preservation community here and there, but I can't afford to do it constantly, and since I am apart of many preservation communities, such as video game preservation, I can't put my resources only on TV Airing preservation.
Please do your part by backing up recordings you have, or sending your recordings to people who can not only back them up, but are willing to release them as well.
Backup any tapes found online, incase they get deleted.
Stop those profiting off of backups by releasing tapes they're selling, or tapes you bought.
The Deleted Scenes page on the SpongeBob Squarepants Wiki is cluttered with, presumably false, information on deleted scenes that supposedly, only aired during premiere airings, or also early reruns. If we ever want to debunk, or prove the existence of, these scenes, we need more premieres archived. We can't keep bugging Vincent Waller, or anyone else involved with SpongeBob, to provide us with information on these scenes. While I'd love to do that, they're busy people, and they deserve respect.
A reminder that I am releasing this for free. You are free to download it without contributing to the preservation community, though if you have something to contribute, I encourage contribution. I am giving this gift to the community, which I paid money for, in hopes that others will reward this community with more gifts. While I do release all TV airings I have, I am more inclined to buy more unreleased or hoarded TV airings, more often, as not only a thank you to the community, but as an incentive for others to contribute. You see what I've contributed, thus if I see others returning the favor, I would want to buy more recordings, with the intention of releasing them. Keep in mind, regardless if anyone releases more recordings, I will still buy more recordings in the future, and release them, I just wouldn't feel obligated to do it as often.
Another reminder to those who are mad at me for this:
Yes, I bought, and released tapes people were profiting off of. If you think I am wrong for doing this, remember that they're profiting off of someone else's intellectual property. I feel that doing so is a disgrace to Stephen Hillenburg, the cast / crew of SpongeBob, and SpongeBob's teachings as a nice person, who just wants to help. If I released a tape you sold, you engaged in copyright infringement, thus it would be wise not to hurt me. I gave you money after all.
I'm finally done ranting. If you decided to read all of this, I appreciate that you at least took the time to consider my viewpoints.
Thank you to everyone who viewed my post, shared it, watched it, enjoyed it, etc., even if you don't contribute to preservation.
A special thank you goes out to anyone who became inspired to release recordings after viewing this post.