premiered on Nickelodeon on July 17, 1999. The cartoon has since become the highest rated show on Nickelodeon, even jumping onto the big screen in 2004. SpongeBob SquarePants
is popular with both children and adults.
SpongeBob SquarePants features the nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurably optimistic and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends. SpongeBob lives in a two-story pineapple in Bikini Bottom. Whether searching for the ultimate spatula to perfect his burger flipping technique at the Krusty Krab, or catching jellyfish with his best friend Patrick, SpongeBob's good intentions and overzealous approach to life usually create chaos in his underwater world.
The cartoon also includes SpongeBob's diverse group of friends. His best friend is Patrick, a pink starfish. He also has a grumpy neighbor named Squidward and a penny-pinching boss named Mr. Krabs. His pet snail, Gary, also lives at the pineapple with SpongeBob.
SpongeBob SquarePants was created by Stephen Hillenburg, who previously worked as a writer, director and creative director on Nickelodeon's animated series Rocko's Modern Life. Hillenburg graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a maste''s degree in experimental animation and studied marine biology and art as an undergraduate.
Paul Tibbitt served as a director and writer on SpongeBob SquarePants for its first three seasons and is currently executive producer. He wrote some of the show's most memorable episodes such as "Ripped Pants" and "Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy."
The humor of SpongeBob SquarePants
depends largely on the talented cast behind the cartoon characters. SpongeBob is voiced by the versatile Tom Kenny. Bill Fagerbakke (Coach
) lends his booming bass to goofy Patrick. Squidward's nasal, disapproving tone comes courtesy of Rodger Bumpass. Mr. Krabs is voiced by Clancy Brown, an actor known for bad guys (Lost
). Carolyn Lawrence provides the voice of Sandy. And SpongeBob
writer Mr. Lawrence (no relation) is the voice of Plankton.
My Two Cents:
is possibly my favorite cartoon. It never disappoints. I can watch episodes over and over (which I have to do with my kids, anyway). I'm always happy to pop in a SpongeBob
DVD. I love this show because it's so upbeat, so silly and so clever. I hope SpongeBob
is on for years, and I expect it will be considered a classic someday, much like Bugs Bunny