'SpongeBob SquarePants'

SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star
SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star. Nickelodeon

SpongeBob SquarePants 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.

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Premise

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.

My Two Cents

SpongeBob SquarePants 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 is now.

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Characters

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.

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Creators

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."

Cast

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, Carnivale, Highlander). Carolyn Lawrence provides the voice of Sandy. And SpongeBob writer Mr. Lawrence (no relation) is the voice of Plankton.

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Blonde Ambition: An interview with Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy Cheeks)

See the cast and crew at 2009 Comic-Con

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Where to Watch SpongeBob SquarePants

Watch clips and full episodes at Nick.com.

Best-selling SpongeBob SquarePants DVDs

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

SpongeBob and Friends: Patrick Star

The Great Patty Caper DVD

Legends of Bikini Bottom DVD

10 Happiest Moments

SpongeBob, You're Fired!

Related News

SpongeBob is headed to Broadway! The SpongeBob Musical world premiere will begin performances on Tuesday, June 7th in Chicago's Oriental Theatre. The musical will run through Sunday, July 3, 2016. The SpongeBob Musical is co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau with a book by Kyle Jarrow, music supervision by Tom Kitt. The show will feature original songs by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I., with an additional song by David Bowie and additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton. The design team includes scenic and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Kevin Adams, projection design by Peter Nigrini and sound design by Walter Trarbach.

 Following its engagement in Chicago, The SpongeBob Musical will open on Broadway in the 2016-2017 season.
 
On May 9, 2015, world-renowned artist KAWS presented a reimagined SpongeBob SquarePants for the SpongeBob 400 Sprint Cup race at the Kansas Speedway. Elements featured the artist’s KAWSBOB character and included a custom 3-ft. trophy and a 70-ft. x 900-ft. mural spanning the track’s backstretch.

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