SpongeBob SquarePants

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SpongeBob SquarePants
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Are you ready, kids? AYE-AYE, CAPTAIN! I can't hear you! AYE-AYE, CAPTAIN! Oh... Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!
Genre: Comedy
Surreal Comedy
Slapstick
Running Time: 11 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: May 1, 1999 –
present
Network(s): Nickelodeon
Created by: Stephen Hillenburg
Distributed by: Viacom Media Networks
Starring: Tom Kenny
Bill Fagerbakke
Rodger Bumpass
Clancy Brown
Mr. Lawrence
Jill Talley
Carolyn Lawrence
Mary Jo Catlett
Lori Alan
Seasons: 12
Episodes: 246


SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television created by the late, great marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. The series chronicles the adventures and endeavors of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom (based on a real island called the Bikini Atoll). The series' popularity has made it a media franchise, as well as the highest-rated series to ever air on Nickelodeon, and the most distributed property of MTV Network. As of 2015, the media franchise has generated $12 billion in merchandising revenue for Nickelodeon.

Many of the ideas for the series originated in an unpublished educational comic book titled The Intertidal Zone, which Hillenburg created in 1989. He began developing SpongeBob SquarePants into a television series in 1996 upon the cancellation of Rocko's Modern Life, and turned Tom Kenny, who had worked with him on that series, to voice the title character. SpongeBob was originally going to be named SpongeBoy, and the series was to be called SpongeBoy Ahoy!, but these were both changed, as the name was already trademarked.

Nickelodeon held a preview for the series in the United States on May 1, 1999, following the television airing of the 1999 Kid's Choice Awards. The series officially premiered on July 17, 1999. It has received worldwide critical acclaim since its premiere and gained enormous popularity by its second season.

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The character-driven toon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurably optimistic and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends. Dwelling a few fathoms beneath the tropical isle of Bikini Atoll in the sub-surface city of Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob lives in a two-story pineapple. Instead of taking the logical approach to everyday challenges, SpongeBob approaches life in a wayward and unconventional way. Whether searching for the ultimate spatula to perfect his burger flipping technique at the Krusty Krab or just hanging out with his best friend Patrick (an amiable starfish), SpongeBob's good intentions and overzealous approach to life usually create chaos in his underwater world.

​Why It Rocks

  1. It's one of the most popular and iconic cartoons on television.
  2. Has so many great, memorable and hilarious episodes, such as "Help Wanted", "Band Geeks", "Club SpongeBob", "My Pretty Seahorse", "That's No Lady", "Dying for Pie", "Idiot Box", "Just One Bite", "Chocolate with Nuts", "The Camping Episode", "F.U.N.", "Have You Seen This Snail?", "Pizza Delivery", "SpongeBob's Last Stand", "The Original Fry Cook", "Sand Castles in the Sand", "Krusty Towers", "Not Normal", "Plankton's Pet", "Your Shoe's Untied", "Fear of a Krabby Patty", "Roller Cowards", "Skill Crane", "Goodbye, Krabby Patty?", "Mimic Madness", "Something Smells", "Big Pink Loser", "Chum Bucket Supreme", "Pat the Horse", "Sailor Mouth", "Friend or Foe", "Plankton Paranoia", "Wet Painters", "Suction Cup Symphony", "Snowball Effect", "Karate Island", "Spy Buddies", "Planet of the Jellyfish", "Spongebob's Big Birthday Blowout", "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve", "Best Day Ever" (depending on your view), "Pest of the West", "Spongebob in Randomland", "Feral Friends", "Single Cell Anniversary", "Lost in Bikini Bottom", "Karen's Virus", and the list goes on.
  3. Spawned tons of internet memes, such as "Is mayonnaise an instrument?" and "My leg!" (the latter of which got its own episode of the same name).
  4. Very talented voice actors, such as Tom Kenny.
  5. Good songs, such as "Sweet Victory" from Band Geeks.
  6. Nickelodeon's animation in its purest form.
  7. The characters have very distinct personalities, which give them a lot of charm.
    • SpongeBob is the happy-go-lucky protagonist.
    • Patrick is SpongeBob's dimwitted, yet good-natured friend.
    • Squidward is SpongeBob's vain and grouchy neighbor.
    • Mr. Krabs is SpongeBob's money-obsessed boss.
    • Plankton is the short-tempered villain.
    • Sandy is the smart and tough newcomer.
  8. Beside SpongeBob himself who first appeared in Help Wanted in season 1 and other characters like Patrick, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs, many other characters made their debuts including Sandy and Plankton in later episodes.
  9. A lot of the title cards and time cards are creative.
  10. Shares some elements with "Rocko's Modern Life" and "The Ren & Stimpy Show".
  11. Ever since the second half of Season 9 and most of the first half, the show has improved dramatically after its decline in quality and there have been a lot of unique episode plots that haven't been done before.
    • The animation has also improved a lot and matches the style of zany cartoons from the Golden Age of Animation (especially the ones that Adam Paloian worked on) such as cartoons done by Bob Clampett, Tex Avery, Ward Kimball, and many others.
  12. The Japanese Dub.
  13. It's one of the few American shows to receive a Welsh dub.
  14. It's very funny.

​Bad Qualities

  1. The series experienced a massive decline in quality between Seasons 6 and 8.TTSW
  2. There are even some bad or mediocre episodes before and after the drop in quality, such as "Good Neighbors", "Little Yellow Book", "Grandma's Kisses", "To Love a Patty", "Dumped", "I'm With Stupid", "Squid Wood", "Atlantis SquarePantis", "I Was a Teenage Gary", "Driven to Tears", "Rule of Dumb", "Squid Baby", "Ink Lemonade", "The Nitwitting", and, most infamously, "SpongeBob, You're Fired".
  3. Atlantis SquarePantis and Truth or Square weren't received very well, the former due to the execs forcing the crew to make it a TV movie, resulting in pointless songs and six character arcs, and the latter due to blatant bait-and-switches. In fact, Nickelodeon wasn't the best at making TV movies for SpongeBob, so due to negative reviews of these two movies, Nickelodeon made no more SpongeBob TV movies after Truth or Square. However, later in 2019, SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout aired for the series' 20th anniversary in July and was a well-received TV movie, with some calling it a perfect apology for Truth or Square.
  4. Some episodes have recycled plots, either in a good way, or in a bad way. "Model Sponge" is "As Seen on TV", except completely rehash, has a boring and unmemorable story, has some parts that make no sense (like SpongeBob thinking Mr. Krabs fired him), and has some really dull jokes that hardly get a laugh.
  5. The animation, while still great, isn't always perfect and has a couple of hiccups:
    • Season 1's animation (while very good) isn't as good as the animation from Season 2 onwards, not only because it's the very first season, but also because it uses traditional cel animation.
    • Season 2's animation is filled with errors and washed-out colors, similarly to Season 6, though this is understandable since this is the very first season to use digital ink-and-paint animation.
    • Season 6 arguably has the worst animation in the series as it suffers from washed-out colors, unappealing character designs, scary and disturbing facial expressions, and way too much close up gross-out humor.
    • Season 7's animation, while looser, is really dull, weak, unimaginative, and unappealing.
    • Season 8's animation sometimes has framerate problems.
    • Season 11's animation (while good) has a lot of weird and/or messed-up looking faces. "Krabby Patty Creature Feature", in particular, while decent, uses this over the top.
    • The earlier seasons have a poor and some pretty bad blend of using CGI, especially for it's time.
  6. While the animation in the current seasons is still great, the comedy has gotten stale due to the lack of a balance between slapstick and visual comedy and verbal comedy.
  7. Some jokes in the pre-movie era are innuendos, such as "SpongeBob watches Sea Anemone".
  8. The fact Squidward is actually an octopus and not a squid can be confusing to some people.

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Trivia

  • Season 1 is the only season to be animated using cel animation, later seasons would use digital inking and painting animation.
  • Many people already know the fact that in the episode "Sleepy Time", SpongeBob's and Mr. Krabs' driver licenses are seen, revealing that the former was born on July 14th, 1986 and the latter on November 30th, 1942, making them around 34 and 77 years old, respectively. However, a fact that is largely ignored is that "Sleepy Time" first aired on January 17th, 2000, making SpongeBob 13 years old and Mr. Krabs 57 years old. The franchise as a whole started on May 1st, 1999, which would make SpongeBob 12 and Mr. Krabs 56. Plankton would also be 56, as he was shown to have been born around the same time as Mr. Krabs in the Friend or Foe episodes. On "Whale of a Birthday", it was revealed that Pearl turned 16 on May 12, 2006, meaning she is currently 30 years of age.
    • It should be noted though that SpongeBob and Pearl Krabs are supposed to be adults in the show.
  • There is going to be a third movie in 2020 called The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, as well as a spin-off called Kamp Koral. The latter, however, is already receiving backlash from fans, and even Paul Tibbitt (the showrunner from seasons 4 to the first half of season 9) for “disrespecting Hillenburg’s legacy”, as Hillenburg never wanted any spinoffs to happen. Rob Renzetti also criticized the spinoff. The said spinoff is mentioned in Sponge on the Run.
  • Creator Stephen Hillenburg died at the age of 57 on November 26, 2018, from ALS.
  • The main character "SpongeBob" was named because Stephen Hillenburg is worried that people will confuse him like a block of cheese.
  • Due to its popularity, it spawned merchandise, from DVDs to lunchboxes, to mini shorts, etc.

See Also

The SpongeBob Wiki (aka Encyclopedia SpongeBobia)

Comments


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LoudHouseFan777

20 months ago
Score 12

May Mr. Hillenburg RIP.

First Barbara Bush, next Barry Elliott, then Stefan Karl, then Stan Lee and now Stephen Hillenburg!
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LoudHouseFan777

17 months ago
Score 7
And RIP to George Bush, Avicii, and Stephen Hawking along with the White Rhino and Blue Macaw.
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HammerBro101

2 months ago
Score 2
I would also like to pay respects to Cameron Boyce and Kobe Bryant, who died last year and this year respectively.
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SpongeBob&DoraRules

19 months ago
Score 2
It's Cool
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DmitriLeon2000

19 months ago
Score 0
Have you watched EmpLemon's Never Ever video on this show?
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Pacsonic9000

15 months ago
Score 3
Happy 20th Birthday Spongebob!
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Portrock1566

15 months ago
Score 3
Happy 20th anniversary.
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Cute animals are the best

15 months ago
Score 3
Happy 20 anniversary
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Thagure2010

12 months ago
Score 4
This is an awesome show. I own a cel from it!
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Stomps

7 months ago
Score 0
which one?
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Random person on the internet

7 months ago
Score -2
I made a few edits to this page so an admin can let me upload files.
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Hookuai

3 months ago
Score 0
Gucci Rsbbit.
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Stomps

7 months ago
Score -4
I kinda had a crush on all the girl characters. it's one of the reasons i loved Spongebob as a kid
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Stomps

6 months ago
Score 0

Hey, who downvoted me?

Is having a Childhood Crush wrong?
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Hookuai

4 months ago
Score 3
Having crush on a character is not real. And stop being angry because of the downvotes. Please, use your grammar properly and i'm sorry but it was styled like a 7 year old
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Stomps

3 months ago
Score 2
Lots of people have at least a crush on one fictional character. So how is mine any worse?
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Spidey McFly

3 months ago
Score 2
Yeah, there ain't anything wrong with it. I mean, I had a crush on the Lynda Carter Wonder Woman growing up and even made Rule 34 art of her (okay, now that I have actually said that, it sounds pretty messed up).
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Glitchmaster

3 months ago
Score 4
Uh, i look at rule34 of my waifu all the time...
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Worldofjake2012

4 months ago
Score 3
No matter what period he's in, I will forever love SpongeBob. ^_^
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Mr. Dready

2 months ago
Score 1
For me the weirdest part of Spongebob was that song from the prehibernation episode, which was composed by Panthera, which for me is just weird, and i’m not really into Trash Metal, I don’t enjoy artists like Megadeth and Slayer, the only Trash Metal band i can think off is Metallica, My favorite music genres are Punk Rock and Hard Rock, I do also enjoy Heavy Metal. But still for me is just weird with having Panthera making a song for a kids show.
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Mr. Dready

one month ago
Score 0
Nevermind, i actually enjoy Thrash Metal and now i actually enjoy Slayer.
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LeroyManTheFirst

2 months ago
Score 0
I hate Prehibernation Week,
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Mr. Dready

one month ago
Score 1
I think having a Pantera song in that episode is bizzare.
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LeroyManTheFirst

one month ago
Score 0
It's weird that they hate Stuck in the Wringer for SpongeBob getting tortured while they praise Prehibernation Week for SpongeBob getting tortured?
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

one day 6 hours 20 minutes ago
Score 0
That actually is weird.
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

one month ago
Score -2
Are you ready, kids? AYE-AYE, CAPTAIN! I can't hear you! AYE-AYE, CAPTAIN! Oh... Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!
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LeroyManTheFirst

one month ago
Score -1
Okay, Gonna block you for copypasting page quotes lil kid.
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Hookuai

one month ago
Score 2
The Nitwitting is not good in my opinion because somebody chewing gum and making a badge out of the gum is nasty, and the infamous spit jat scene: I could've closed my eyes so that I don't see people putting their spit on jars and making somebody drink it. And the episode is weird. Period.
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LeroyManTheFirst

one month ago
Score 0
Is it weird that I like the episode?
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Rechiheaghie

one month ago
Score 0

The only think i like about that episode is the idiot song

Sorry about the silly text, I just thought silly text would be fun
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Rechiheaghie

one month ago
Score 0
oh sorry i meant "thing"
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EijiZeBoi

one month ago
Score 2
I'm triggered. It wasn't J.K. Rowling who said SpongeBob was gay.
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Ivan97Miraheze

one month ago
Score 1
They never said that SpongeBob was gay.
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David777777

one month ago
Score 0
I love that show! It is my number one favourite show of all time!
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ThePCGamer

29 days ago
Score 1
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
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Spongebob Squarepants!
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

3 days ago
Score 0
Absorbant and yellow and porous is he!
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MonokumaFan2002

3 days ago
Score 1
Spongebob Squarepants!
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

2 days ago
Score 0
If nautical nonsense be something you wish!
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

3 days ago
Score 0
This is my favorite Nickelodeon show.

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