Of all the workplaces that would have an annual Super Smash Bros. tournament, Nickelodeon Animation Studio may have the best crossover swag potential. Nickelodeon storyboard artists Tim Prendergrast and Kurt Snyder teamed up to make a poster for this year's tournament, and the resulting mash-up is a bit overwhelming (in the best possible way).
Posted to Twitter by Nickelodeon Animation's official account, which often shares behind-the-scenes material from the studio, the poster is actually a greatly expanded version of a poster that Prendergast and Snyder showed off last month. The final version shows off over twice as many characters as the original and includes amazing mash-ups like Spongebob's Karen the Computer as R.O.B. and CatDog as the Ice Climbers.
The studio released a video about the poster where Prendergast and Snyder talk about how they arrived at some of the crossover ideas. "Arnold [of Hey Arnold] literally has Cloud's spiky hair," says Prendergast, while Snyder says his version of Norbert from The Angry Beavers as Sonic is intended "to break the internet."
2019 marks Nickelodeon Animation's fourth annual studio Super Smash Bros. tournament, and the first to be played on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. If you want to look at how seriously the animators take Super Smash Bros., there are videos from the 2018 and 2017 tournaments on the studio's YouTube page.
After looking at the poster it's hard to think of what could possibly be done to one-up it. Still, it is missing Captain Falcon, and clearly that should be Powdered Toast Man from Ren and Stimpy. Maybe next year they'll get Terry Bogard in there as well.