[175], Juenger noted SpongeBob could affect the ratings of other Nickelodeon programming because children often change channels to find their favorite programs, then stay tuned to that network. Throughout SpongeBob SquarePants ' run, the SpongeBob character became very popular with viewers of all ages. [240][241] Tom Kenny and other production members were distraught that the issue had arisen. [41] The idea for the episode "The Secret Box" also came from one of Drymon's childhood experiences. Joe Murray was the main director of Rocko's Modern life but Hillenberg was still a part of the project. "[21], The first concept sketch portrayed the character wearing a red hat with a green base and a white business shirt with a tie. SpongeBob is Mrs. It seems to be a refreshing breath from the pre-irony era. [18] Another of SpongeBob's friends is Sandy Cheeks, a thrill-seeking and athletic squirrel from Texas, who wears an air-filled diving suit to breathe underwater. This led him to the sponge. The collections received a standard nationwide release on August 27.

[421][422][423] The SpongeBob Toyota Highlander visited seven U.S. locations during its release, including the Nickelodeon Suites Resort Orlando in Florida. ", "Analyst: Nickelodeon Might Be in Danger of Being Dropped by Some TV Distributors", "Viacom CEO Defends Nickelodeon's Netflix Deal Again", "Viacom CEO: Netflix Content Is Not Hurting Nickelodeon Ratings", "Viacom and Netflix to Scale Down SVOD Deal", "Adios, Dora: Netflix is starting to take Viacom shows offline", "Dora, SpongeBob Swap Sides in Fickle Web-Video World", "Amazon Inks Streaming Deal for Viacom Shows Like Dora, SpongeBob", "Amazon writes biggest streaming video check for Dora, SpongeBob", "Amazon swipes SpongeBob from Netflix in most expensive deal yet", "SpongeBob SquarePants Renewed for Ninth Season", "Nickelodeon's 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Renewed for Ninth Season", "Television/Radio; The Gentle World Of a Joyful Sponge", "Two Critics Pick The All-Time Best TV Shows. When Hillenburg created SpongeBob SquarePants, he approached Kenny to voice the main character.

The series now joins the club of contemporary classic Nicktoons that have hit this benchmark, so we're incredibly proud. I hadn't even thought about making a show ... and it wasn't my show". [44] A character of the same name was already trademarked by Flaming Carrot Comics creator Bob Burden. SpongeBob was created and designed by Stephen Hillenburg, an artist and marine science educator. A sequel to the 2004 film, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, was released in theaters on February 6, 2015.

[222][412] In New Zealand, the UK-based Beechdean Group unveiled the SpongeBob SquarePants Vanilla Ice Cream character product as part of a license deal with Nickelodeon.

[420] The 2014 Toyota Highlander was launched on SpongeBob Day at the San Diego Padres v. Giants game. [364], The SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D film and ride opened at several locations including Six Flags Over Texas, Flamingo Land Resort, and the Shedd Aquarium. [367] It was also installed at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort Orlando in Orlando, Florida. ", "Viacom should pull the plug on SpongeBob", "Let's trace the rise, fall, and much later rebirth of Spongebob Squarepants", "How Did SpongeBob SquarePants Become the Most Meme-able TV Show? [56] SpongeBob also became popular with gay men, despite Stephen Hillenburg asserting that none of the series' characters are homosexual, attracting fans with his flamboyant lifestyle and tolerant attitude.[57]. He and Julia Pistor produced the film, while Gregor Narholz composed the film's score. He also wore brown pants used in the final design. [49] Susan Linn, the director of the Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood said: "It's bad enough when companies use a beloved media character like SpongeBob to promote junk food to children, but it's utterly reprehensible when that character simultaneously promotes objectified, sexualized images of women. Puff's Boating School, which includes a driving course and a sunken lighthouse; the Treedome, an oxygenated glass enclosure where Sandy lives; Shady Shoals Rest Home; a seagrass meadow called Jellyfish Fields; and Goo Lagoon, a subaqueous brine pool that is a popular beach hangout.

His popularity spread from Nickelodeon's original demographic of two- to eleven-year-olds, to teenagers and adults,[54] was popular on college campuses and with celebrities such as Sigourney Weaver and Bruce Willis.

She decided to reflect the character's size in her voice by making it deep and full in tone.

"[92], In addition to the regular cast, episodes feature guest voices from many professions, including actors, athletes, authors, musicians, and artists. Puff, who I love. No it was not. In 2008, American fashion designer Marc Jacobs donned a SpongeBob tattoo on his right arm. Hillenburg modeled Mr. Krabs after his former manager at a seafood restaurant, whose strong Maine accent reminded Hillenburg of a pirate. 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. Puff requires less preparation than her performances in person. [17], Rocko's Modern Life ended in 1996. [40][46], Derek Drymon, who served as creative director for the first three seasons, has said that Hillenburg wanted to surround himself with a "team of young and hungry people".

[252][253], —Angeline S. Lillard, University of Virginia[254], A 2011 study conducted at the University of Virginia, published in the journal Pediatrics, suggested that allowing preschool-aged audiences to watch the series caused short-term disruptions in mental function and attention span because of frequent shot changes, compared to control groups watching Caillou and drawing pictures. Puff has become her only regular television role; Catlett described herself as "basically retired" in 2013, since she feels that voicing Mrs. Like SpongeBob SquarePants, the series will be executive produced by Vincent Waller and Marc Ceccarelli. It's how the stuff we like was recorded". [262] "SpongeBob's Last Stand" and "Selling Out" have been criticized for promoting environmentalism and left-wing politics because of their negative portrayal of big business. [349] In October 2018, it was announced the movie will be an origin story of how SpongeBob came to Bikini Bottom and how he got his square pants. [36] An old oil painting of a pirate is used in the opening sequence. [352][158] The film's worldwide theatrical release was later cancelled in June 2020 and it was announced that it would release in Canadian theaters on August 14, 2020, followed by a release on PVOD before heading to CBS All Access in early 2021.

[273][274][273] It serves as a tie-in to the animated film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run. "[216] In 2013, the publication ranked SpongeBob SquarePants the eighth Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time. ),[23] but this name was already in use for a mop product. [3] His boss is Eugene Krabs, a greedy crab who nonetheless treats SpongeBob like a son.

[162][163] By the end of 2001 SpongeBob SquarePants boasted the highest ratings for any children's series, on all of television.

The National Expert Commission of Ukraine on the Protection of Public Morality took up the matter for review in August 2012. [67][68] Instead, storylines are developed by a team of five outline and premise writers. All I find is people's opinions. There's no sense of the elbow-in-rib, tongue-in-cheek aesthetic that so permeates the rest of American culture—including kids' shows like the Rugrats. [41] Fagerbakke auditioned for the role of Patrick after Kenny had been cast. [77] Voice acting veteran Clancy Brown voices Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob's boss at the Krusty Krab. [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! In 2002, SpongeBob SquarePants dolls sold at a rate of 75,000 per week—faster than Tickle Me Elmo dolls were selling at the time. [404] Ratings and merchandise sales showed SpongeBob SquarePants has caught on with parents and with college audiences. This included Plankton, who was initially only set to appear in one episode. The film is narrated by Ricky Gervais and features live action cameo appearances by: Rosario Dawson, Craig Ferguson, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, LeBron James, P!nk, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and Robin Williams. This tweet received large amounts of backlash from upset parents. And as a writer, you have to move on—I'm developing new projects. [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. Brief SpongeBob SquarePants appearance at Super Bowl halftime show disappoints", "Spongebob Squarepants' 'Sweet Victory' finally gets a Super Bowl tribute", "WATCH: Dallas Stars give fans the 'Sweet Victory' SpongeBob halftime show we all deserve", "The Dallas Stars gave us the 'Sweet Victory' Spongebob halftime we missed at the Super Bowl", "SpongeBob, Muppets and the Sister Sledge writer suffer criticism", "SpongeBob isn't gay or straight, creator says", "Dobson clarifies Pro-Gay SpongeBob Video Controversy", "Ministry celebrates SpongeBob: Gay, happy, yellow, orange, whatever, he's welcome", "Ukraine's Morality Police Probe 'Gay' SpongeBob", "Nickelodeon's Pride Tweet Reignites Debate On SpongeBob's Sexual Orientation", "CCFC to Nickelodeon: Did You Approve the SpongeBob SquareButt Burger King Commercial?

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