Fifteen years after its debut, SpongeBob remains Nickelodeon’s top ratings-earner, and it’s safe to say that it won’t be leaving the air anytime soon. Directed by Glenn Weiss, Tina Landau. " Various cartoonists, including James Kochalka, Hilary Barta, Graham Annable, Gregg Schigiel, and Jacob Chabot, have contributed to issues of the comic. Since its debut on May 1, 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has broadcast 265 episodes, and its twelfth season premiered on November 11, 2018. 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 … The review-aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes rates it 68 percent positive based on 125 reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10. Julia Pistor, co-producer of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, noted that Hillenburg was "very shy". It takes forever." They have pets and holidays. I didn't see a synthesis. It's not that I don't like people, but I like having my privacy. ", After graduating from college, Hillenburg held various jobs in 1984, including as a park service attendant in Utah and an art director in San Francisco, before landing the job he wanted: teaching children. , Bob the Sponge is the comic's "announcer". I have no real interest to be on camera or to be a celebrity. 13-0: 04 Jan 20: SpongeBob Appreciation Day: Patchy's Beach Bash! " His passion for sea life can be traced to his childhood, when films by French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau made a strong impression on him.  Grantees include large, established arts-related organizations such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound, in which Karen is co-chair. That remains to be seen.  He determined that he wanted to pursue a career in that field. Spongebob was intelligent yet misguided. Afterwards, a new manager named Carl comes to them, renaming The Krusty Krab \"Krabby O'Monday's.\" Mr. Krabs drives by, but ignores it, instead going to the newly opened Bikini Bottom Hook Museum, then when he is trying to paint a bowl of fruit, he actually paints a bowl of Krabby Patties instead, followed by a round of golf; however, he then realizes that he hates golf. I think as far as cartoon language goes he was easier to recognize.  It was then when he knew he "had some [creative] skill". Even when he learns his first curse word [in "Sailor Mouth"], Krabs takes advantage of him and Squidward is trying to make him look bad. The TV special SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout and the theatrical film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run are dedicated to him.  It earned $323.4 million worldwide, becoming the second highest-grossing film based on an animated television show, behind The Simpsons Movie (2007).  Aside from directing, he also produced, wrote and storyboarded for some episodes, and served as the executive story editor. And as a writer, you have to move on—I'm developing new projects.  His mother, Nancy (née Dufour), taught visually impaired students. SpongeBob Squarepants, however, was the leader of all these shows and had by this time started its now famous merchandise line.  Hillenburg said that Cousteau "provided a view into that world", which he had not known existed.  Although Derek Drymon, creative director of SpongeBob SquarePants, described the pitch as stressful, he said it went "very well". She was, I would imagine, not a hundred percent for the war like a lot of people then.  Hillenburg deemed her to be the funniest person that he knew, and the character of Karen Plankton was named after her. Hillenburg served as the showrunner for the first three seasons of the show, which has become the fifth-longest-running American animated series. I don't have any [prior experience in] animation really. " The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie grossed $140 million worldwide, and received positive reviews from critics.  He indicated that children's television series such as The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse (1987–1988) and Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986–1991) "sparked something in [him]."  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.' 13-0: 10 Jan 21: The Spongebob Sportspants Countdown Special (30 min) Born in Lawton, Oklahoma and raised in Anaheim, California, Hillenburg became fascinated with the ocean as a child and developed an interest in art.  The incident prompted questions as to whether SpongeBob is gay.  His hobbies included surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, and performing "noisy rock music" on his guitar. , 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. From 2011 to 2018, the company published SpongeBob Comics, a comic-book series based on the cartoon. Stephen McDannell Hillenburg was born on August 21, 1961 at Fort Sill, a United States Army post in Lawton, Oklahoma, where his father, Kelly N. Hillenburg Jr., worked for the U.S. " He also wanted his series to stand out from most popular cartoons of the time exemplified by buddy comedies such as The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991–1995). He wanted to end the series with the 2004 movie. SpongeBob SquarePants has enjoyed a lot of success, not only on TV, but also film, video games, and more, but the quality of the show has declined a lot. A moron. We ask that our sincere request for privacy be honored during this time." 2002 also saw a bright side, as the first part of that year saw SpongeBob Squarepants at its peak. ), Hillenburg went to Humboldt State University in Arcata, California as a marine-science major.  About this decision, he said: "Changing careers like that is scary, but the irony is that animation is a pretty healthy career right now and science education is more of a struggle. Art was a tough way to make a living. He became a marine biology teacher at the Orange County Marine Institute--now known as the Ocean Institute--in Dana Point, California. , As he was developing the show's concept, Hillenburg remembered his teaching experience at the Orange County Marine Institute and how mesmerized children were by tide-pool animals, including crabs, octopuses, starfish, and sponges. SpongeBob and company are currently enjoying their …  He liked to explore tide pools as a child, bringing home objects that "should have been left there and that ended up dying and smelling really bad.  He helped to write Diggs Tailwagger, a 2007 pilot by Derek Drymon. He added: "My family and I are grateful for the outpouring of love and support.  He resembles an actual sea sponge, and at first Hillenburg continued this design because it "was the correct thing to do biologically as a marine-science teacher. At that point, the show needed new blood and so I selected Paul [Tibbitt] to produce. Spongebob Squarepants was the brainchild of Stephen Hillenburg. 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Created by Stephen Hillenburg, SpongeBob SquarePants premiered on Nickelodeon in 1999 and hasn’t stopped ever since, becoming one of the longest-running American animated series. It was great when [my two interests] all came together in [a show]. " Hillenburg graduated in 1992, earning a Master of Fine Arts in experimental animation.  Nickelodeon began adding SpongeBob SquarePants to its Monday-through-Thursday prime-time block. He was later offered a job on the Nickelodeon animated television series Rocko's Modern Life (1993–1996) after his success with The Green Beret and Wormholes (both 1992), short films that he made while studying animation. Report Save. On November 26 "SpongeBob Squarepants" creator Stephen Hillenburg died. With Bill Fagerbakke, Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Jon Rua. Nickelodeon executive Eric Coleman described the setup as "pretty amazing". ", "It reached to a point where I felt I'd contributed a lot and said what I wanted to say. Fifteen years after its debut, SpongeBob remains Nickelodeon’s top ratings-earner, and it’s safe to say that it won’t be leaving the air anytime soon. Directed by Paul Tibbitt, Mike Mitchell.  Wormholes was shown at several international animation festivals, including: the Annecy International Animated Film Festival; the Hiroshima International Animation Festival; the Los Angeles International Animation Celebration; the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen; and the Ottawa International Animation Festival, where it won Best Concept.  He then considered modeling the character after a kitchen sponge, and realized that this idea would match the character's square personality perfectly: "[I]t looked so funny.  He minored in art, and claimed that "[he] blossomed as a painter in Humboldt. level 1. The beginning of the third season produced many classic episodes and focused on the same style and animation concepts. Elements of Kenny's own personality were employed in further developing the character. He tries t… "That was the film that I thought was uniquely strange and that lodged itself in my head early on," he recounted. This is a really subjective (as in opinion-based) question. , SpongeBob SquarePants was Nickelodeon's first original Saturday-morning cartoon. " However, he realized that if he ever did, this would be the best approach: "For all those years it seemed like I was doing these two totally separate things.  According to his death certificate, his body was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean at least 500 yards (460 m) off the coast of California the next day.. level 2. So Paul [Tibbitt] and I are really going to brainstorm and come up with fresh material. We have 60 episodes and that is probably as many as [Nickelodeon] really needs. , 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. SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy attempt to stop an erupting volcano from destroying Bikini Bottom. In 2001, Heal the Bay, an environmental nonprofit organization, honored Hillenburg with its Walk the Talk award. , He was known informally as "Steve" among his family, friends, and fans. It is a standard number for a show like this.  The foundation agreed to fund the effort, providing Hillenburg with a Graduate Film Scholarship.  In 2013, three years after production began, Hollywood Blvd., USA was released to festivals.  He described the latter as "a poetic animated film based on relativistic phenomena" in his grant proposal in 1991 to the Princess Grace Foundation, which assists emerging artists in American theater, dance, and film.  It came to him that the series should take place underwater, with a focus on those creatures: "I wanted to create a small town underwater where the characters were more like us than like fish. Note: Any SpongeBob SquarePants episodes are forbidden due to clogging up the wiki in the past. 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. I think they would want to maintain the original concept and quality. 8. Besides his two Emmy Awards and six Annie Awards for SpongeBob SquarePants, Hillenburg also received other recognition, such as an accolade from Heal the Bay for his efforts on elevating marine life awareness, and the Television Animation Award from the National Cartoonists Society. The Spongebob of the first three seasons would be described as "innocent, misguided, kind". In addition to the TV series, Steve wrote both hit 'SpongeBob' feature films. The first SpongeBob movie marked a turning point for the series. R.I.P.  Hillenburg characterized it as a "personal film" and said that "it's not a narrative. military. 'SpongeBob Squarepants' creator Stephen Hillenburg dies at 57  As early as 2012, Hillenburg had already been contributing to another film based on the series, which was first reported in 2011 and officially announced the following year, with Tibbitt as director. Stephen Hillenburg (August 21, … " He studied under Jules Engel, the founding director of the program, whom he considered his "Art Dad" and mentor. The cause of death was complications of the ALS disease. Meanwhile, Plankton sees this as his time to strike. This programming change increased the number of older viewers significantly. ", Hillenburg married Karen Umland, a Southern Californian chef who teaches at the New School of Cooking in Culver City, in 1998. I never imagined working on the show to this date and this long. " In 1984, he earned his bachelor's degree in natural-resource planning and interpretation, with an emphasis on marine resources.  Initially Hillenburg doubted that the network would continue the show without him, saying: "I think [Nickelodeon executives] respect that my contribution is important. An illustration which he drew in third grade, depicting "a bunch of army men ... kissing and hugging instead of fighting", brought him the first praise for his artwork, when his teacher commended it.  He was also known for his private nature. And I thought now was a good time to step aside and look at a different project.  Working on the series enabled him to repay his loans. Reply.  The foundation, the name of which was adopted from Hillenburg's United Plankton Pictures, supports areas of the two's personal interest, giving under $500,000 annually as of 2017[update]. He also directed The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004), which he originally intended to be the series finale.  Hillenburg was a marine-biology teacher there for three years: "We taught tide-pool ecology, nautical history, diversity and adaptation. Ten months later, Taylor shared their plans to conceive their first child during a E!  During the fourth season, Tibbitt took on voicing for Potty, while Andrea Romano replaced the two as the voice director. Hillenburg's love for the sea and its creatures inspired him to create teaching tools for his students with characters that woul… Stephen McDannell Hillenburg (August 21, 1961 – November 26, 2018) was an American animator and marine science educator. Mr. Krabs has done everything he wanted to do and decides to go home, where he realizes he has nothing to do. Report Save. I have done a little research and people say it is just crazy doing a series and movie at the same time.  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. Fearing the show would become repetitive, creator Stephen Hillenburg and many of the other original writers left at the end of Season 3 following the 2004 release of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. Did Squidward just leave the bolt in? , He attended Savanna High School in Anaheim, describing himself as a "band geek" who played the trumpet. In 2005, a promotional video showing SpongeBob and other characters from children's shows singing together to promote diversity and tolerance was attacked by an evangelical group because they saw SpongeBob as being used to "advocate homosexuality". ... Like Pee-wee's Playhouse, SpongeBob joyfully dances on the fine line between childhood and adulthood, guilelessness and camp, the warped and the sweet. During the halftime show for Super Bowl LIII, the performing band Maroon 5 arranged to use a clip from the SpongeBob episode "Band Geeks" (which uses the song "Sweet Victory" as part of a spoof of a football halftime show) during their show as a means to pay tribute to Hillenburg. He started his professional career in 1984, instructing marine biology, at the Orange County Marine Institute, where he wrote The Intertidal Zone, an informative picture book about tide-pool animals, which he used to educate his students.  In 2018, Hillenburg received the Winsor McCay Award at the 45th Annie Awards, 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.  James Dobson of Focus on the Family accused the video of promoting homosexuality, because it was sponsored by a pro-tolerance group. , Hillenburg enrolled in CalArts' Experimental Animation Program in 1989.  Within its first month on air, it overtook Pokémon (1997–) as the highest-rated Saturday morning children's series. At this point in the show’s history, Hillenburg’s return to a creative position can certainly be viewed as a positive development. Original Poster 4 months ago. I remember that still, that moment when she said, 'oh my gosh, look at that'", Hillenburg elaborated.  He asserted that his artistry came from his mother's side, despite his father being a draftsman, noting that his maternal grandmother was "really, really gifted" and a "great painter". ", During the production of Rocko's Modern Life, Martin Olson, one of the writers, read The Intertidal Zone and encouraged Hillenburg to create a television series with a similar concept. , In education, they donated to schools, including the Polytechnic School in Pasadena (which their son attended), CalArts, and Humboldt State University. Spongebob is a happy character and his entire purpose is to spread happiness. , Hillenburg worked closely with Murray on Rocko's Modern Life for its whole run on the air. I wondered what it all meant. , Some evidence shows that the idea for SpongeBob SquarePants dates back to 1986, during Hillenburg's time at the Orange County Marine Institute. 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The suit was dropped before trial a year later after a summary judgement ruled against Walker’s claim. In 1989, two years after leaving teaching, Hillenburg enrolled at the California Institute of the Arts to pursue a career in animation. They have fire. It has been pretty rewarding," Hillenburg said in 2002. , In 1998, Hillenburg formed United Plankton Pictures Inc., a television and film production company, which produces SpongeBob SquarePants and related media.  Hillenburg stated in 2009 that he was developing two other television projects that he did not want to discuss. SpongeBob's Squad Goals (90 min) S13.  After Dobson's comments, Hillenburg reasserted his position, stating that sexual preference does not play a part in what they are "trying to do" with the series. " Called The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, the second film adaptation was released in 2015 to positive critical reception, currently holding a Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of 80 percent and an average rating of 6.5/10. I always enjoyed the way he captured the SpongeBob character's sense of humor. Some of these details would come to light in 2007, in the wake of 2004’s first full-length SpongeBob movie, when the cartoonist Troy Walker would file a lawsuit against Nickelodeon claiming SpongeBob was a lift from his character Bob Spongee.  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. " Some of his high-school teachers, who knew of his interest in art and fascination with the ocean, advised him otherwise, saying: "You should just draw fish. SpongeBob: I did. Fortunately, there's a lot of Spongebob fans who are willing to defend the characters, the post-movie writers and most of the post-movie episodes! Your membership will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you. According to the original creator of SpongeBob, Stephen Hillenburg, he first came up with the idea that would eventually become SpongeBob while teaching marine biology at the Ocean Institute in California in the 1980s. , Hillenburg made his first animated works, short films The Green Beret (1991) and Wormholes (1992), while at CalArts.  He said in 2014: "Actually when [the film] wraps, I want to get back to the show. Support Cartoon Brew for as little as $1 a week — the process is fast and easy. And then came the new writers, and Spongebob went from "intelligent yet misguided" to "too stupid to live". Hatedoms are the opposite of Spongebob. I felt relieved that I hadn't wasted a lot of time doing something that I then abandoned to do something else. It's the most charming toon on television, and one of the weirdest. Subscribe to … No exceptions. Reply. The first one grossed more than $140 million. Paul Tibbit, a veteran of SpongeBob SquarePants not to mention director of the highly anticipated Sponge Out of Water feature, made an intriguing announcement on his Twitter account a few days ago: So what does Hillenburg’s return mean and how will it change the show? The series, about a anthropomorphic sea sponge named SpongeBob and his various underwater-dwelling friends, airs in more than 200 countries and been translated into more 50 languages. I can tell you that we hoped it would be liked by adults. " Consequently, he resigned as the showrunner and appointed his trusted staff member Paul Tibbitt to the role. By Amid Amidi | 12/13/2014 3:43 am | 73 Comments.  The following year, Hillenburg was given the Television Animation Award from the National Cartoonists Society, and the Princess Grace Statue Award from the Princess Grace Foundation. S12. It never was possible to conceive that. When you set out to do a show about a sponge, you can't anticipate this kind of craze. In 2002, SpongeBob SquarePants won its first TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming nomination.  Murray, who was looking for people to direct Rocko's Modern Life at the time, saw Hillenburg's film and offered him a directorial role on the television series.  The Green Beret was about a physically challenged Girl Scout with enormous fists who toppled houses and destroyed neighborhoods while trying to sell Girl Scout cookies. " Besides writing, Hillenburg also executive-produced. He was a character you couldn't help but like. All Rights Reserved. , 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. , Hillenburg died at his home on November 26, 2018, at the age of 57.  This experience, as well as subsequent dives, reinforced his interest in, and led to his decision to study, marine biology in college: "The switch clicked and I decided I wanted to be a marine biologist, but I also liked being an artist.  By the end of 2001, the show boasted the highest ratings of any children's series on television.  He tried to get the comic published, but the publishers he approached turned him down. 12-0: 02 Oct 20: SpongeBob's Spookiest Scenes Countdown Special (30 min) S13. I thought was uniquely strange and that is probably as many as [ ]... 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