The reading—a first for the series—was held at that year's Sundance Film Festival. [55] Zarghami was one of four executives in the room when SpongeBob SquarePants was screened for the first time. He said the character "became a very interesting character to do" because of "his sarcasm, and then his frustration, and then his apoplexy, and so he became a wide spectrum of emotions". [2] He resides in the undersea city of Bikini Bottom with other anthropomorphic aquatic creatures. [386][387] The contest encouraged fans and filmmakers around the world to create original short films inspired by SpongeBob for a chance to win a prize and a trip for four people to a screening event in Hollywood. He's a star", "Being Patrick Star: Toonzone Interviews Bill Fagerbakke on, "Andy interviews Mr Lawrence aka "the Slasher, "REFANB Interview: Carolyn Lawrence, A.K.A. [11][12], A few years after studying experimental animation at the California Institute of the Arts,[12] Hillenburg met Joe Murray, the creator of Rocko's Modern Life, at an animation festival, and was offered a job as a director of the series. It has received worldwide critical acclaim since its premiere and had gained enormous popularity by its second season. [103], Approximately 50 people work together to animate and produce an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants. Club wrote that as the series went on, "[it] leaned hard into kid-friendly physical humor and gross out moments that appealed to no one in particular". Nickelodeon's parent company Viacom purposefully targeted marketing at women there. 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[17] Squidward Tentacles, SpongeBob's next-door neighbor and co-worker at the Krusty Krab, is an arrogant, ill-tempered octopus who lives in an Easter Island moai. For the title character, see. [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. He explained that, "I just worked with Richard Prince on the collaboration for Louis Vuitton and Richard has done a series of paintings of SpongeBob. He eventually compromised by adding a new character to the main cast, Mrs. Puff, who is SpongeBob's boat-driving teacher. [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. The melody was inspired by the sea shanty "Blow the Man Down". Gary also has many other items stored in his shell. [263] "SpongeBob, You're Fired", a 2013 season 9 episode, caused widespread controversy and sparked a political debate over its portrayal of unemployment;[263] after Fox News and the New York Post commented on the episode, Media Matters for America accused the two organizations of using the episode to "attack the social safety net". [266][267][268] In 2012, MSN cited a post on the Encyclopedia SpongeBobia Wikia, which said that many fans felt the series had "jumped the shark" following the release of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and that online fansites were becoming "deserted". [80] According to Brown, his Mr. Krabs voice was mostly improvised during his audition and it was not challenging for him to find the correct voice. [249][250][251][252][253] In official statements released by Burger King and Nickelodeon, both companies claimed the campaign was aimed at parents. [71], SpongeBob's translated well into related merchandise sales. About This Content The fully remastered, nay, rehydrated original soundtrack of SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated. ", "TV Guide Magazine's 60 Greatest Cartoons of All Time", "Why 'Deadwood' Is a Top-10 TV Show of All Time", "The Greatest American Television Shows, Ranked", "Yellow fever: SpongeBob figure to debut at Madame Tussauds", "Madame Tussauds is Bonkers for SpongeBob", "SpongeBob SquarePants takes over the Middle East", "Where was 'Sweet Victory?' [8] As of July 30, 2020, all prior seasons of the show are available on CBS All Access.[9]. "[42] The network insisted on auditioning more actors, but Hillenburg turned them down; in the words of Tom Kenny, "one of the advantages of having a strong creator is that the creator can say, 'No, I like that—I don't care about celebrities. [286], The 32-page bimonthly comic book series, SpongeBob Comics, was announced in November 2010[323] and debuted the following February. "[17], Episodes from 2000 and 2001 have given SpongeBob's birthdate as July 14, 1986,[26] although his age is left unclear throughout the series. SpongeBob SquarePants is an energetic and optimistic sea sponge who lives in a submerged pineapple with his pet snail Gary, who meows like a cat. Dobson said they posted pro-gay material on their website, but later removed it. In December 2009, Nickelodeon ordered enough episodes to bring the series up to 178 episodes. Special episodes of the show are hosted by a live-action pirate named Patchy and his pet parrot Potty, whose segments are presented in a dual narrative with the animated stories. [345][346][347], On April 30, 2015, Viacom announced a third film was in development. In 2002, SpongeBob SquarePants dolls sold at a rate of 75,000 per week, which was faster than Tickle Me Elmo dolls were selling at the time. [58][70] Hillenburg explained, "Drymon had a secret box [as a kid] and started telling us about it. These included "Handsome Squidward", "Imaginaaation SpongeBob", "Mocking SpongeBob", "SpongeGar", and "Surprised Patrick". SpongeBob is a kid camper who spends his summer catching jellyfish, building camp-fires, and swimming in Lake Yuckymuck. [397] It is also the most distributed property of ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks. The appearance on the screen favorite hero in square pants will help you to interest the child a computer, if it still did not show interest in the possibility of this miracle machine. [35] Although executive producer Derek Drymon described the pitch as stressful, he said it went "very well". This was discovered after voice acting for the original seven-minute pilot was recorded. [162] The popularity of SpongeBob has translated well into sales. SpongeBob's hobbies include fishing for jellyfish, practicing karate with his friend Sandy Cheeks (a squirrel from Texas),[6] and blowing bubbles. [76], Squidward Tentacles is voiced by Rodger Bumpass, who describes him as "a very nasally, monotone kind of guy." On the other hand, it's very hip in the way it's presented. It was Hillenburg's decision to adopt this approach. At that point, Hillenburg had not even considered creating his own series. [403], In 2001, Nickelodeon signed a marketing deal with Target Corporation and Burger King, expanding its merchandising. [20] SpongeBob was designed to be a childlike character who was goofy and optimistic in a style similar to that made famous by Jerry Lewis. [22] SpongeBob was popular in Japan, specifically with Japanese women. D&D Beyond SpongeBob SquarePants is the title character and protagonist of the American animated television series of the same name.SpongeBob is a sea sponge who works as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab, a fast food restaurant known for its signature burger, the Krabby Patty.He is characterized by his optimism and childlike attitude, and is influenced by other comedic … [348] In April 2018, Tim Hill was named as director, and the film's original title, It's a Wonderful Sponge, was revealed. [164][165][166] Weekly viewership of the series had reached around fifteen million, at least five million of whom were adults. [367], SpongeBob SquarePants appears at the Mall of America's Nickelodeon theme park re-branded from the Mall of America's Park at MOA, formerly Camp Snoopy, to Nickelodeon Universe in the Minneapolis-St. Paul suburb of Bloomington, Minnesota. [255][256] A Nickelodeon executive responded in an interview the series was not intended for an audience of that age and that the study used "questionable methodology and could not possibly provide the basis for any valid findings that parents could trust". However, he realized that if he ever did, this would be the best approach. Check out the cartoon's new wheels", "Toyota to Unveil 2014 Highlander SpongeBob Edition [Video]", "SpongeBob-Themed Toyota Highlander by Nickelodeon", SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom, Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition, SpongeBob SquarePants: Original Theme Highlights. They eagerly await new episodes. He turned to Tom Kenny, who had worked with him on that series, to voice the title character. He said, "Jesus didn't turn people away. "[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. He wanted these scores to be composed by unknowns, and a group of twelve was assembled. The contest opened on May 6 and ran through June 28, 2013. There's no substitute for the immediacy of drawing on a piece of paper, of course, but digital nautical nonsense is still pretty fun". The Big One";[99] and Victoria Beckham as the voice of Queen Amphitrite in the episode "The Clash of Triton". It seems to be a refreshing breath from the pre-irony era. "[190] According to Laura Fries of Variety magazine, the series is "a thoughtful and inventive cartoon about a hopelessly optimistic and resilient sea sponge ... Devoid of the double entendres rife in today's animated TV shows, this is purely kid's stuff. "[40] When he heard Kenny say it Hillenburg loved the phrase and felt it would reinforce the character's nerdiness. In 1997, he decided to use the name "SpongeBob" with "SquarePants" as a family name, with the latter referring to the character's square shape and having a "nice ring to it". [280][281], Originally, the series was streaming on Netflix. [42] Kenny said, "That's another thing that's given SpongeBob its special feel. Dennis noted the two are "not consistently coded as romantic partners," since they live in separate residences, and have distinct groups of friends but claimed that in the series, "the possibility of same-sex desire is never excluded. [53][54] In his stead, Pete Burns was brought in for the job. [394] The musical opened to critical acclaim,[395] and tied for most-nominated production at the 2018 72nd Tony Awards with twelve Tony nominations. [67], During the first season, the series used cel animation. The setup was described by Nickelodeon executive Eric Coleman as "pretty amazing". [45] In choosing a replacement name, Hillenburg felt he still had to use the word "Sponge", so that viewers would not mistake the character for a "Cheese Man". "[325][326], Chris Duffy, the former senior editor of Nickelodeon Magazine, serves as managing editor of SpongeBob Comics. [72] The character inspired a soap-filled sponge product manufactured by SpongeTech. [96] Notable guests who have provided vocal cameo appearances include: David Bowie as Lord Royal Highness in the television film Atlantis SquarePantis;[97][98] John Goodman as the voice of Santa in the episode "It's a SpongeBob Christmas! [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. 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. [35] They were given money and two weeks to write the pilot episode "Help Wanted". "[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". Bang!. SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated launched on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Google Stadia last year. When Hillenburg created SpongeBob SquarePants, he approached Kenny to voice the character. [48] Kenny has called him "one of SpongeBob's early graphics mentors". What’s peculiar about this mobile release is Reddit user nathan3197 has discovered the game has graphics settings to allow you to tweak options such as resolution and framerate, which is something the PC version didn’t even have. [16], Since 2004, the SpongeBob crew has periodically collaborated with the LA-based animation studio Screen Novelties to create stop-motion sequences for special episodes. One of the methods used to assemble storyboards was to use Post-it notes. [333] The film was directed by Hillenburg, and written by long-time series writers Derek Drymon, Tim Hill, Kent Osborne, Aaron Springer, Paul Tibbitt, and Hillenburg. [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. [134][135] Next a 2,200 minute, 14-disc DVD set titled The First 100 Episodes was released on September 22. SpongeBob's look gradually changed. [177] However, seasons five through eight of SpongeBob are still available to stream on Netflix in Canada. [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? [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. Hillenburg began developing a show based on the premise shortly after the 1996 cancellation of Rocko's Modern Life, which Hillenburg directed. [214][215] The series is among the All-TIME 100 TV Shows as chosen by Time television critic James Poniewozik in 2007. [331] Titan Magazines also teamed up with Lego to release a limited edition SpongeBob-themed comic.[332]. It held an average national Nielsen rating of 4.9 among children aged two through eleven, denoting 1.9 million viewers. [80], Mr. Lawrence had met Hillenburg before on Rocko's Modern Life. [9], Stephen Hillenburg first became fascinated with the ocean as a child. This was part of an initiative to encourage kids to eat their vegetables. ", "Burger King pushes flat butts and SpongeBob to kids, hires buttheads to do it",, "SpongeBob cartoon proves its hip to be SquarePants", "Jeremy Scott for Moschino taps SpongeBob, Budweiser and Hershey's", "SpongeBob and McDonald's Made Cameos in Jeremy Scott's Moschino Debut", "How SpongeBob SquarePants became massive in Egypt", "Is SpongeBob SquarePants the New Che Guevara? [351] The film was later delayed to July 31, 2020 (and later August 7, 2020) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [23] Karen supplies him with evil schemes to obtain the formula, but their efforts are always unsuccessful and their restaurant rarely has any customers. [142][143][158], Within its first month on air, SpongeBob SquarePants overtook Pokémon as the highest rated Saturday-morning children's series on television. The Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration [ 247 ] the 2014 Toyota Highlander was launched on PC PlayStation. 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