12-0: 05 Jun 20: The Stars of SpongeBob Fan Favorites Special (30 min) S12. It takes forever." Directed by Glenn Weiss, Tina Landau. He became an idiot. The show has also received several other awards and nominations, including 17 Annie Award nominations, winning six times, as well as winning two British Academy Children's Awards, out of four nominations. [4][35] In 2018, Hillenburg received the Winsor McCay Award at the 45th Annie Awards,[123] and a special recognition at the 45th Daytime Emmy Awards "for his contribution and impact made in the animation field and within the broadcast industry. In 1992, one of Hillenburg's early works, Wormholes, won for Best Concept at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. But we really thought the best we could hope for was a college audience. [88][89] James Dobson of Focus on the Family accused the video of promoting homosexuality, because it was sponsored by a pro-tolerance group. [13][56][57] Nickelodeon began adding SpongeBob SquarePants to its Monday-through-Thursday prime-time block. I personally think it's good not to go to the point where people don't want to see your show anymore," Hillenburg said in 2002. [7] He resembles an actual sea sponge, and at first Hillenburg continued this design[7][21][24][46] because it "was the correct thing to do biologically as a marine-science teacher. Nickelodeon executive Eric Coleman described the setup as "pretty amazing". [4] He claimed that he finally decided to create a series as he was driving to the beach on the Santa Monica Freeway one day. They funded one of the projects I'm most proud of, even with SpongeBob. I wondered what it all meant. Meanwhile, Plankton sees this as his time to strike. ... but doors opened when [he] stepped into the animation world," so he accepted it. He's just a really funny, down-to-earth guy with a dry sense of humor who puts his family first and keeps us on our toes in keeping our corporate integrity. military. Original Poster 4 months ago. In 1984, Hillenburg graduated from Humboldt State University with a bachelor's degree in Natural Resource Planning and Interpretation, with an emphasis on Marine Resources. And as a writer, you have to move on—I'm developing new projects. [62], In 2002, Hillenburg halted production of the show after the third season was completed to focus on the making of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie which was released in 2004:[63] "I don't want to try and do a movie and the series at the same time. SpongeBob SquarePants … It's just really about people in our town. [60] "Ten years. 13-0: 10 Jan 21: The Spongebob Sportspants Countdown Special (30 min) "[59] SpongeBob SquarePants has gone on to become one of the longest-running series on Nickelodeon. "[110] He also enjoyed birdwatching at home,[110] but said that he was always "an ocean freak". [33] Wormholes was shown at several international animation festivals,[25][33] including: the Annecy International Animated Film Festival; the Hiroshima International Animation Festival; the Los Angeles International Animation Celebration; the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen;[36] and the Ottawa International Animation Festival,[37] where it won Best Concept. Hillenburg's love for the sea and its creatures inspired him to create teaching tools for his students with characters that woul… [52] By the end of 2001, the show boasted the highest ratings of any children's series on television. I don't have any [prior experience in] animation really. When you set out to do a show about a sponge, you can't anticipate this kind of craze. It has been pretty rewarding," Hillenburg said in 2002. I have done a little research and people say it is just crazy doing a series and movie at the same time. However, he did not specify what position the former showrunner would hold. [7], Bob the Sponge is the comic's "announcer". He came up and told me I was going to play SpongeBob … The show has aired continuously since its premiere in 1999. [98][99] Hillenburg stated in 2009 that he was developing two other television projects that he did not want to discuss. Add a … From 2011 to 2018, the company published SpongeBob Comics, a comic-book series based on the cartoon. Support Cartoon Brew for as little as $1 a week — the process is fast and easy. When a diabolical pirate above the sea steals the secret Krabby Patty formula, SpongeBob and his nemesis Plankton must team up in order to get it back. [3][4][32] He described the latter as "a poetic animated film based on relativistic phenomena" in his grant proposal in 1991 to the Princess Grace Foundation,[33] which assists emerging artists in American theater, dance, and film. Amid Amidi is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Cartoon Brew. [121] The following year, Hillenburg was given the Television Animation Award from the National Cartoonists Society,[4][122] and the Princess Grace Statue Award from the Princess Grace Foundation. share. If you want to make a page about an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, do it on the Horrible TV Show Episodes Wiki.Also, do not put the post-sequel era, Seasons 4-5, or the first half of Season 9 here, as the post-sequel era and Seasons 4-5 are decent, and the first half of … Report Save. [38] LA Weekly labeled the film "road-trippy" and "Zap-comical",[39] while Manohla Dargis of The New York Times opined that it was inventive. Hillenburg served as the showrunner for the first three seasons of the show, which has become the fifth-longest-running American animated series. Fact #2: The first “SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” was released in November 2004 and it took 11 years before it was followed by another sequel: “SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.” Fact #3: According his driver’s license, SpongeBob was born in … And then came the new writers, and Spongebob went from "intelligent yet misguided" to "too stupid to live". [7] During a few summers after finishing high school, he worked as a fry cook and lobster boiler[15] at a fast-food seafood restaurant[4] in Maine. [95][96], According to Jeff Lenburg, in his book Who's Who in Animated Cartoons, Hillenburg was co-writing and co-directing a second animated feature film based on Rob Zombie's comic-book series, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, which was slated for a 2006 release. The suit was dropped before trial a year later after a summary judgement ruled against Walker’s claim. We ask that our sincere request for privacy be honored during this time." Stephen McDannell Hillenburg[1] was born on August 21, 1961 at Fort Sill,[2][3][4][5] a United States Army post in Lawton, Oklahoma, where his father, Kelly N. Hillenburg Jr.,[6] worked for the U.S. [24] Although Derek Drymon, creative director of SpongeBob SquarePants, described the pitch as stressful, he said it went "very well". He was "knocked out" by the foreign animated films, including Dutch animator Paul Driessen's The Killing of an Egg (1977). [58] By May 2002, the show's total viewership reached more than 61 million, 20 million of which were aged 18 to 49. Stephen McDannell Hillenburg (August 21, 1961 – November 26, 2018) was an American animator and marine science educator. The first one grossed more than $140 million. [7][12] He determined that he wanted to pursue a career in that field. [19], While working there, one of the educational directors asked him if he would be interested in creating an educational comic book about the animal life of tidal pools. [71][74] While he was on the show, he voiced Potty the Parrot[75] and sat in with Derek Drymon at the record studio to direct the voice actors while they were recording. ... it is getting harder and harder to come up with stories. That remains to be seen. [4][5][31] He jammed with his son, who is a drummer, which Hillenburg called "a great way to bond with each other. 8. Did Squidward just leave the bolt in? [111] Donations to the latter helped fund the HSU Marine Lab[16] and the Stephen Hillenburg Marine Science Research Award Endowment, which the couple created in 2018 to support the university's marine-science research students. [2][3][4] When he was a year old,[7] the family moved to Orange County, California,[2][4] where his father began a career as a draftsman and designer in the aerospace industry. [120] Subsequently, the Dallas Stars, during one of their games, played "Sweet Victory", garnering a more positive response. (rating of Nickelodeon's cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants)(Brief Article)(Statistical Data Included)", "TV People Series: Home & Garden; TV People", "Television/Radio; The Gentle World Of a Joyful Sponge", "Grown-ups embrace a wacky, square sponge; There's just something about this sweet kids' cartoon that's attracting an adult audience. Since its debut on May 1, 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has broadcast 265 episodes, and its twelfth season premiered on November 11, 2018. [31] He directed the film from a story that he conceived with five other writer-animators from the series: Paul Tibbitt, Derek Drymon, Aaron Springer, Kent Osborne, and Tim Hill. [7][24] Hillenburg said, "[Engel] also was a painter, so I think he saw my paintings and could easily say, 'Oh, this guy could fit in to this program.' [3][4][13][17] He intended to take a master's degree, but said it would be in art:[7] "Initially I think I assumed that if I went to school for art I would never have any way of making a living, so I thought it might be smarter to keep art my passion and hobby and study something else. "[124], American animator and creator of the animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants, Hillenburg in 2011, presenting the original, "I've always been interested in art and making things, but I chose not to go to art school because I thought I needed to do something else. They take walks. ", "It reached to a point where I felt I'd contributed a lot and said what I wanted to say. [3][4] In 1995,[4][41] during the show's fourth and final season,[42] he was promoted to creative director, where he helped oversee pre- and post-production. Your membership will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you. "[25] He studied under Jules Engel,[26][27] the founding director of the program,[27][28] whom he considered his "Art Dad" and mentor. [7][11] Hillenburg said in 2012, "I hope to get [the film] done. By Amid Amidi | 12/13/2014 3:43 am | 73 Comments. I felt relieved that I hadn't wasted a lot of time doing something that I then abandoned to do something else. [7] It was then when he knew he "had some [creative] skill". We just try to make ourselves laugh, then ask if it's appropriate for children. I would rather concentrate on doing a good job on the movie," he noted. ©2021 Cartoon Brew, LLC. I really figured we might get a season and a cult following, and that might be it," Hillenburg said in 2009 during the show's tenth anniversary. It will consist of 13 episodes. "[41] It suited what Hillenburg liked for a show, "something that was fantastic but believable. [11] Hillenburg characterized it as a "personal film" and said that "it's not a narrative. [12][72][73] Although he no longer had a direct involvement producing SpongeBob SquarePants, he retained his position as an executive producer[44] and maintained an advisory role, reviewing each episode. [5][31] Hillenburg formerly resided in Hollywood[31][59] and in Pasadena,[6][19] and he lived with his family in San Marino, California,[107][108] until his death. Better animation, great voice acting and even more clever radar-dodging jokes make SpongeBob's second season more hilarious than the first season. I had no idea about the implications, really, because I just thought it was a funny idea. At that point, the show needed new blood and so I selected Paul [Tibbitt] to produce. [108], In education, they donated to schools, including the Polytechnic School in Pasadena (which their son attended), CalArts, and Humboldt State University. Hillenburg was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2017, but stated he would continue to work on SpongeBob SquarePants as long as possible. [4] Hillenburg had no recollection of life in Oklahoma,[7] only of growing up in Anaheim, California. SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy attempt to stop an erupting volcano from destroying Bikini Bottom. I can tell you that we hoped it would be liked by adults. [10], He was known informally as "Steve" among his family, friends, and fans. [65] In 2003, during the production of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, his mentor Jules Engel died at the age of 94. I think as far as cartoon language goes he was easier to recognize. [7][11], During this time, Hillenburg also started going to animation festivals such as the International Tournée of Animation and Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation where films made by students from the California Institute of the Arts (colloquially called CalArts) were shown. Tibbitt also wrote the story with Hillenburg,[81][82] who "[had] been in the studio everyday working with [the crew]. [97] He helped to write Diggs Tailwagger, a 2007 pilot by Derek Drymon. [4][42][51] James Poniewozik of Time magazine described the titular character as "the anti-Bart Simpson, temperamentally and physically: his head is as squared-off and neat as Bart's is unruly, and he has a personality to match—conscientious, optimistic and blind to the faults in the world and those around him. [93], In 1998,[94] Hillenburg formed United Plankton Pictures Inc., a television and film production company, which produces SpongeBob SquarePants and related media. It was great when [my two interests] all came together in [a show]. [33][35] "It meant a lot. [8][14] Hillenburg noted that the show's premise "is that innocence prevails—which I don't think it always does in real life. 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