United Plankton Pictures is a company that produced the Nickelodeon show SpongeBob SquarePants. The logo is seen at the end of every SpongeBob episode (except the 1997 version of the episode Help Wanted). Because SpongeBob is one of the most famous cartoons in the world, this logo is very iconic and well known.
On a moving ocean background with a reflection of light (which is also seen on one part in the SpongeBob intro), we see some crudely drawn sea creatures, one of them being a less detailed drawing of Plankton (a character on SpongeBob), holding hands. The words:
are above, and the words:
are below, both written in the "Krabby Patty" font.
- A superimposed version can be seen over the final scenes of SpongeBob episodes. This began in June 2012 when Nickelodeon (and recently Nicktoons as of May 5, 2014) started playing the credits over the parting scenes of most of their shows.
- Starting in 2012, the logo is slightly redone for HD-produced episodes. The ocean background has a greenish-tint, the Plankton creatures are drawn more smoothly, and the logo is in 16:9 widescreen.
- From Nickelodeon USA's rebrand from 2009 until sometime in 2010, sometimes it will have a copyright notice (as recycled from the 2008-2009 Nickelodeon "Lightbulb" logo cheaply added in).
- There is an early version of the logo where on a white background, there is a picture of SpongeBob, and on the top of the picture, it says created by in black, and underneath SpongeBob, it says Stephen Hillenburg in the same color and font. It was only seen on the original 1997 version of SpongeBob's pilot, Help Wanted, because the company hadn't been made at that time. It may not actually be accurate to call this a variant of the United Plankton Pictures, it was more of a placeholder. This logo is now extinct because when Nickelodeon show Help Wanted they show the episode version with the standard opening and credits, including the iconic logo you see today.
- There is a horror variant that starts with flashing, then we see the normal logo in black and red, and with the sea creatures dead. It then cuts to the Viacom V of Doom with eyes and a mouth with fangs, with "A Viacom Company". The Y is a pentagram.
The end theme of the show.
- On the episode 'Texas/Walking Small' there are cows mooing over the logo instead of the end of the music.
- On some DVDs, the credits of every episode will play back-to-back, then this logo will be shown at the very end, albeit completely silent without any music at all. This is followed by the Nickelodeon logo, usually in its Splat or Haystack form, but newer DVDs probably use the curvy letters logo.
- On the intended airings of Wet Painters/The Krusty Krab Training Video, the credits are custom for the latter episode, which means the music playing over this logo is the same as the custom credits song. It may be worth noting that when it shows the United Plankton Pictures logo, the part of the music sounds similar to the part that would normally play on other episodes - and not only that, when the Nickelodeon logo is shown, the music sounds even more similar to the Nickelodeon jingle. This does not get shown very often because Nickelodeon sometimes cuts the credits out and goes straight to the standard variant and the curvy letters logo, which sort of ruins the joke about not revealing what the Krabby Patty secret formula was and also removes the special credits. DVD versions also just cut to black at the end and show the credits with the other ones at the end of the final episode.
- After split-screen credits, this logo will have its own custom music, which is possibly the logo's true music if it wasn't almost always replaced by the end of the SpongeBob end theme. It's the sound of ocean waves and seagulls chirping. It may be interesting to note that this sounds very similar to the noises that play at the very start of the intro, before the pirate painting begins talking. It may be the same audio track.
- Horror Variant: The sound of a knife and a loud thunderbolt. A heartbeat can be heard with the knife.
This logo was not shown on the original airing of the episode 'Wet Painters/Krusty Krab Training Video' because of a split-screen credit mix-up. Every Nickelodeon show was coded with its own split-screen credits with its individual logos, and on that particular airing the coded credits for another Nickelodeon show, Rugrats, was used instead by accident, so instead of the intended United Plankton Pictures logo, viewers saw the Klasky Csupo Robot logo instead - and that company didn't even make SpongeBob! This was later fixed and corrected.
- Original and Most Variants: None to low, the plankton may be a bit creepy and so as the end of the SpongeBob closing theme song's chime, but it's mainly harmless and a favorite of many (especially SpongeBob fans)
- The cow variant may be jarring, however, so it would be like Low.
- Low to medium for the YouTube video, one variant has the loud music may get to some. But not like the horror one.
- Horror Variant: Nightmare. The Dead Plankton, The V of Doom appearance, The Flashing, and byline will give people the chills.