[30][35][38] He began to develop some of the characters from The Intertidal Zone, including the comic's "announcer", Bob the Sponge. [280][281], Originally, the series was streaming on Netflix. [65] In February 2019 incoming president Brian Robbins vowed Nickelodeon would keep the show in production for as long as the network exists.[66]. [371][372], On May 23, 2015, an interactive 3D show titled SpongeBob SubPants Adventure opened in Texas at Moody Gardens. [42] On weekends, Kenny joined Hillenburg, Jennings, and Drymon for creative sessions where they recorded ideas on a tape recorder. [247] Questions of SpongeBob's sexuality resurfaced in 2020 after Nickelodeon's official Twitter account posted an image of the character, in rainbow colors with text celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and its allies during Pride Month. Dubbed "Painty the Pirate", according to Tom Kenny, Hillenburg found it in a thrift shop "years ago". SpongeBob SquarePants defined a generation, contributing greatly to the now-infamous Millennial sense of humor.With its colorful animation, offbeat comedy and quirky characters, SpongeBob quickly became one of Nickelodeon's top shows, and it's still going strong with Season 13. SpongeBob SquarePants has become the most successful Nicktoon, but why is the show still so popular, despite its quality being in decline for years? A "SpongeBob and water conservation-themed element" was also added to Nickelodeon's pro-social campaign The Big Green Help. The voice of SpongeBob, Tom Kenny, appears in the show as Patchy the Pirate. Although the post did not make any assertions about SpongeBob's sexual orientation, numerous users responded on social media, claiming they already had their suspicions that he might be gay or reasserting Hillenburg's description of asexuality. [406] In Australia, the advertisement for the McDonald's SpongeBob Happy Meal won the Pester Power Award because the ads enticed young children to want its food because of the free toy. While acquiring third-party voice actors for the characters was a terrible decision, there was a lot of charm to this one. "SpongeBob SquarePants" celebrates its 20th anniversary. Over 18 years later, the internet is still churning out new SpongeBob-inspired memes with reckless abandon. This is the guy! [35] Although executive producer Derek Drymon described the pitch as stressful, he said it went "very well". Let's take a look. [414] NZ Drinks launched the SpongeBob SquarePants bottled water. The success of the series has been such that it has expanded to other media, such as film, video games, comic books, and even theme park rides. [106][107] The abominable snow mollusk, an octopus-like creature made of clay who acts as the antagonist of the double-length episode "Frozen Face-Off," was also animated by the company. It features guest appearances by Jeffrey Tambor as King Neptune, Scarlett Johansson as the King's daughter Mindy, Alec Baldwin as Dennis, and David Hasselhoff as himself,[337] and received a positive critical reception,[338][339] It grossed over $140 million worldwide. He and Julia Pistor produced the film, while Gregor Narholz composed the film's score. It's charming and whimsical, but clever enough to appeal to teens and college-aged kids, as well. He had considered a career change before Hillenburg offered him the job. [245][d] Ukrainian website Family Under the Protection of the Holy Virgin, which has been described as a "fringe Catholic" group by The Wall Street Journal, criticized SpongeBob SquarePants for its alleged "promotion of homosexuality". One of the most popular Twitter accounts among this generation is … [127][128] The episode, which premiered on TV on April 17, 2009, features Johnny Depp as a guest star. A Broadway musical based on the series opened in 2017 to critical acclaim. The studio produced a brief claymation scene for the climax of the first theatrical film. The recipe for Krabby Patties is a well-guarded secret, but creator Hillenburg has hinted that these mystery burgers may be vegetarian. The series revolves around the title character and an ensemble cast of his aquatic friends. Click the button below to start this article in quick view. Despite the show's variety of settings, there are still plenty of situations which we can all relate to. Puff, who is a boat-driving teacher. [48] Kenny has called him "one of SpongeBob's early graphics mentors". [39][44] However, the Nickelodeon legal department discovered—after voice acting had been completed for the original seven-minute pilot episode—that the name "SpongeBoy" was already in use for a mop product. [41] While he would later join SpongeBob as a writer,[47] he lacked the time to get involved with both projects from the outset. [79] Brown decided to use a "piratey" voice for the character with "a little Scottish brogue" after hearing Hillenburg's description of his boss. [44] Dobson later said his comments were taken out of context and his original complaints were not with SpongeBob, the video, or any of the characters in the video, but rather with the organization that sponsored the video, the We Are Family Foundation. The SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge, which opened March 15, 2008, has replaced the Mystery Mine Ride and Olde Time Photo store at the west end of the theme park. [35], In an interview, Cyma Zarghami, then-president of Nickelodeon, said, "their [Nickelodeon executives'] immediate reaction was to see it again, both because they liked it and it was unlike anything they'd ever seen before". Ashley Graham", "Remember the time when Washington saved 'Hello, Dolly!'? Around the same time, it was announced that Hans Zimmer will compose the music. All the latest gaming news, game reviews and trailers. [185][186][187] In a statement, Brown Johnson, Nickelodeon's animation president said, "SpongeBob's success in reaching over 200 episodes is a testament to creator Stephen Hillenburg's vision, comedic sensibility and his dynamic, lovable characters. Stephen Hillenburg originally designed him as a natural sea sponge with a round shape, but later felt that drawing him as a rectangle would emphasize his "square" and nerdy personality. InsideEdition.com’s Leigh Scheps has more on why this classic cartoon is still popular 20 years later. SpongeBob SquarePants has become the most successful Nicktoon, but why is the show still so popular, despite its quality being in decline for years? [122], Steve Belfer, one of Hillenburg's friends from CalArts, wrote and performed the music heard over the end credits. and Rugrats). ", "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Great Patty Caper", "SpongeBob SquarePants — WhoBob WhatPants? His greatest goal in life is to obtain a license to drive a boatmobile. There's no sense of the elbow-in-rib, tongue-in-cheek aesthetic that so permeates the rest of American culture—including kids' shows like the Rugrats. [228] Sherief Elkeshta cited the phenomenon in an essay about the incoherent state of politics in Egypt in an independent monthly paper titled Midan Masr. ", "SpongeBob + Sir Mix-A-Lot + Burger King = Offensive Commercial? [41][69] Another series' writer, Merriwether Williams, explained in an interview that she and Mr. Lawrence would write a draft for an episode in an afternoon and be done at 4:00 pm. [168] Nickelodeon "recognized" The Fairly OddParents for its climbing ratings and installed it in a new 8:00 PM time slot, previously occupied by SpongeBob SquarePants. "[16] Pittenger said the sky flowers were meant to "evoke the look of a flower-print Hawaiian shirt".[16]. [419] Build-A-Bear Workshop stores nationwide celebrated the arrival of SpongeBob with a series of special events from May 17 through May 19. Most of SpongeBob's relatives are still drawn like natural sponges. [103] Casting supervisor Jennie Monica Hammond said, "I loved Wednesdays". [285] The series is available to stream on Netflix in Canada. Breakfast food is life and coffee is what makes the world go round. [152] In July, for the first time ever, SpongeBob SquarePants became the theme of a cosmetics line, which was released as a limited time offering by HipDot Studios. [220][221][222][223] In May 2011, a new species of mushroom, Spongiforma squarepantsii, was described and named after the series' title character. The popular series is currently in its 12th season, and will resume with episode 11 of Season 12 on Nov. 23. [177] However, seasons five through eight of SpongeBob are still available to stream on Netflix in Canada. [264] This statement was echoed by Al Sharpton, who claimed conservatives' "new hero" to be "a sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea". These included "Handsome Squidward", "Imaginaaation SpongeBob", "Mocking SpongeBob", "SpongeGar", and "Surprised Patrick". [232], Following Hillenburg's death in November 2018, more than 1.2 million fans signed a petition for the National Football League to have the song "Sweet Victory" from the season 2 episode "Band Geeks" performed in his honor at the Super Bowl LIII halftime show. There's no substitute for the immediacy of drawing on a piece of paper, of course, but digital nautical nonsense is still pretty fun". [30][35][36] Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Pearl, and Squidward were the next characters Hillenburg created for the show. '"[42] While Kenny was developing SpongeBob's voice, the show's casting crew wanted him to have a unique, high-pitched laugh in the tradition of Popeye and Woody Woodpecker. [67][68] Instead, storylines are developed by a team of five outline and premise writers. [278] In early March 2020, ViacomCBS announced that it will be producing two spin-off films based on the series for the streaming service. [30], A large inspiration to Hillenburg was Ween's 1997 album The Mollusk, which had a nautical and underwater theme. Hillenburg was happy with the compromise and said, "A positive thing for me that came out of it was [how it brought] in a new character, Mrs. [252][253], —Angeline S. Lillard, University of Virginia[254], A 2011 study conducted at the University of Virginia, published in the journal Pediatrics, suggested that allowing preschool-aged audiences to watch the series caused short-term disruptions in mental function and attention span because of frequent shot changes, compared to control groups watching Caillou and drawing pictures. This led him to the sponge. [45][67] Brookshier has likened this process to how cartoons were made "in the early days of animation. 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[390][391][392] On August 13, 2013, the under 18 years of age category was won by David of the United States for his The Krabby Commercial, while the Finally Home short by Nicole of South Africa won the 18 and over category. [41] The idea for the episode "The Secret Box" also came from one of Drymon's childhood experiences. And as a writer, you have to move on—I'm developing new projects. Because of the tiki influence on the show, the background painters use a lot of pattern. [59] Hillenburg appointed Paul Tibbitt, who had previously served on the show as a writer, director, and storyboard artist, to take over his role as showrunner to produce additional seasons. Everybody's in the same room, doing it old radio-show style. Created by marine science educator and animator Stephen Hillenburg, SpongeBob SquarePants made its debut on Nickelodeon in 1999, with its popularity booming by its second season. [242] After the controversy, John H. Thomas, the United Church of Christ's general minister and president, said they would welcome SpongeBob into their ministry. [162][163] By the end of 2001 SpongeBob SquarePants boasted the highest ratings for any children's series, on all of television. [365] The ride features water squirts, real bubbles, and other sensory enhancements. [144][145] On February 12, in conjunction with Nickelodeon's announcement of the "Best Year Ever", Cynthia Rowley presented a SpongeBob SquarePants-themed wetsuit during New York Fashion Week. [19] She lives in an oak tree entrapped in a clear glass dome locked by an airtight, hand-turned seal and is an expert in karate, as well as a scientist. He's well-liked because of his optimism, kindness and … ", Untitled Netflix spin-off series and films. [20] It is run by a small, green, one-eyed copepod[21] named Plankton and his computer-wife, Karen. As a late recruit to Rocko's Modern Life, he had not established much of a relationship with Hillenburg before SpongeBob's conception. [364], The SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D film and ride opened at several locations including Six Flags Over Texas, Flamingo Land Resort, and the Shedd Aquarium. [167] In an interview, Cyma Zarghami, then-general manager and executive vice president of Nickelodeon, said, "Are we banking on the fact that Fairly OddParents will be the next SpongeBob? People who were young children when it started 10 years ago are still watching it and digging it and think it's funny. [224], The character has also become a trend in Egypt at Cairo's Tahrir Square. Over time I had less and less time to watch it and only really watched when there was nothing else on. [142][143] In honor of the anniversary, Pantone created color shades known as "SpongeBob SquarePants Yellow" and "Patrick Star Pink" to be used by Nickelodeon's licensing partners. [235][236], In 2005, an online video that showed clips from SpongeBob SquarePants and other children's shows set to the Sister Sledge song "We Are Family" to promote diversity and tolerance was attacked by an evangelical group in the United States. [86][87] American actress Mary Jo Catlett,[88] who is known for her live-action roles on television programs from the 1970s such as Diff'rent Strokes and M*A*S*H provides Mrs. Sort by. Potty likes to make fun of Patchy's enthusiasm and causes trouble for him while he tries to host the show. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. A one-stop shop for all things video games. "; Johnny Depp as the voice of the surf guru, Jack Kahuna Laguna, in the episode "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. [412] The Simmons Jewelry Co. released a $75,000 diamond pendant as part of a SpongeBob collection. [147][153][154] The "Best Year Ever" also introduced an official SpongeBob SquarePants YouTube channel and a new mobile game based on the series, along with new toy lines. [272], On February 14, 2019, it was announced that a SpongeBob SquarePants spin-off is in development. [176] Viacom's deal with Netflix expired, and shows such as SpongeBob and Dora the Explorer were removed. 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[217] Television critic Matt Zoller Seitz included the series in his 2016 book with Alan Sepinwall titled TV (The Book) as the 22nd greatest American television series of all time, saying that "SpongeBob SquarePants is an absurdist masterpiece that Salvador Dalí and Groucho Marx would have watched together in their smoking jackets". [70], The writing staff often used their personal experiences as inspiration for the storylines of the series' episodes. Ten years ago today, SpongeBob SquarePants and his Bikini Bottom cohorts became movie stars. Located across the street from the Krusty Krab is an unsuccessful rival restaurant called the Chum Bucket. "[243], Queer theorist Jeffery P. Dennis, author of the journal article "Queertoons", argued that SpongeBob and Sandy are not romantically in love, but added he believed SpongeBob and Patrick "are paired with arguably erotic intensity". [286], The 32-page bimonthly comic book series, SpongeBob Comics, was announced in November 2010[323] and debuted the following February. The melody was inspired by the sea shanty "Blow the Man Down". After graduating in 1984, he joined the Ocean Institute, an organization in Dana Point, California, dedicated to educating the public about marine science and maritime history. [143][273], Nickelodeon animation head Ramsey Naito said of the series, "SpongeBob has an incredible universe to expand upon and the greenlight for Kamp Koral is a testament to the strength and longevity of these characters known and loved by generations of fans around the world." [12], Kids' meal tie-ins have been released in fast food restaurants in many parts of the world, including Burger King in Europe and North America, as well as Wendy's in North America, and Hungry Jack's in Australia. [23] Karen supplies him with evil schemes to obtain the formula, but their efforts are always unsuccessful and their restaurant rarely has any customers. "[216] In 2013, the publication ranked SpongeBob SquarePants the eighth Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time. The National Expert Commission of Ukraine on the Protection of Public Morality took up the matter for review in August 2012. Check out the cartoon's new 'concept vehicle' – EXCLUSIVE", "Toyota to Unveil 2014 Highlander SpongeBob Edition [Video]", "SpongeBob-Themed Toyota Highlander by Nickelodeon", "A new line of Spongebob Squarepants Masterpiece Memes figurines bring all your favorite SpongeBob memes to life", "Nickelodeon Releases Official Spongebob Meme Figures", SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom, Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition. "[91] In an interview with AfterBuzz TV, Alan said she knew Pearl "had to sound somewhat like a child," but needed "an abnormally large voice. 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[275] On July 30, 2020, it was announced that the series would be released on CBS All Access, the ViacomCBS streaming service, in early 2021. 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