SpongeBob SquarePants is a very successful and popular cartoon series in the United States. It was created in 1989 by Nickelodeon animator Steven Hillenberg as a (unpublished) comic called The Intertidal Zone, but did not develop into a television series until 1996. SpongeBob's name would become Spongeboy, but for now the name will be the same. The series premiered in 1999. It became so popular that in 2004 a film called "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" was released. SpongeBob is a yellow sea mushroom that looks like a kitchen sponge. He lives in sea pineapple and works at a restaurant called the Krusty Krab, where he transforms into a krabby patty burger. He has many actors ranging from simple-minded starfish to poor octopus.
In its 12 seasons, the show has a total of 262 episodes.
SpongeBob SquarePants is a very energetic, yellow, childlike character made of sea sponge. His character was inspired by Charlie Chaplin, Jerry Lewis, Laurel and Hardy, and even Pee Wee Herman. He is also square to represent his very square personality and character.
Much like SpongeBob, Stephen Hillenburg once worked as a fry cook.
When Stephen Hillenburg pitched his new series to executives at Nickelodeon in 1997 he wore a Hawaiian shirt and brought along character models. It was a successful pitch and the rest was history.
The characters of the show were based on Stephen Hillenburg’s unpublished comic book.
The main characters in SpongeBob SquarePants include SpongeBob, Patrick Star (starfish), Gary (pet snail), Squidward Tentacles (miserable octopus), Sandy Cheeks (squirrel), Mr. Krabbs (owner of the Krusty Krab), Plankton (rival who wants the recipe for Krabby Patties), Mrs. Puff (driving teacher), Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy (retired superheroes), and others.
Bikini Bottom takes inspiration from a real place called Bikini Atoll, a coral reef in the Pacific Ocean.
The setting of SpongeBob SquarePants is Bikini Bottom, an underwater city in the Pacific Ocean.
Stephen Hillenburg created Mr. Krabs after his former manager.
SpongeBob SquarePants was born on July 14th, 1986 according to his driver's license.
SpongeBob SquarePants and Patchy the Pirate share the same actor.
Despite his name, Squidward is an octopus. He only has six tentacles though, not the usual eight that an octopus would have.
The Krabby Patty is vegetarian.
Patrick Star, the pink starfish, weighs only two ounces according to his driver's license.
Squidward is an octopus, not a squid.
The restaurant the Krusty Krab is really a lobster trap.
Various celebrities such as LeBron James, David Bowie, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Johnny Depp, David Hasselhoff, and Scarlett Johannson appeared as guests in SpongeBob episodes or films.
Mr. Krabs, the owner of the Krusty Krab, has the first name Eugene. He also has a daughter named Pearl.
The first SpongeBob movie used a 12-foot-tall replica of David Hasselhoff.
The first words that SpongeBob spoke were, "May I take your order?".
The song “Sweet Victory” rose to prominence because of the show.
The main voice over artists for SpongeBob SquarePants are Tom Kenny (SpongeBob, Gary, French Narrator, Patchy the Pirate, Dirty Bubble, and Harold SquarePants), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star, and others), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward and others), Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy Cheeks), and Mr. Lawrence (Plankton, Larry Lobster, and others).
Kazakhstan’s education ministry deemed SpongeBob SquarePants “too violent for children”.
Many famous people have done voices on SpongeBob SquarePants including Dennis Quaid (Grandpa Redbeard), Kristen Wiig (Madame Hagfish), Ray Liotta (Trevor), Andy Samberg (Colonel Carper), Amy Poehler (Granny), Johnny Knoxville (Johnny Krill), David Bowie (Lord Royal Highness), and Johnny Depp (as Jack Kahuna Laguna) among others.
Ween’s album The Mollusk was one of the influences for SpongeBob’s creation.
On the show, when chaos erupts in Krusty Krab the fish Fred usually yells, "My leg!".
Nickelodeon initially wanted SpongeBob SquarePants to be a child who goes to school.
The creator of SpongeBob SquarePants was a marine biologist and a science teacher.
Patrick was originally intended to be an angry owner of a bar.
A fungi that resembles a sea sponge was discovered in 2011 and was named Spongiforma squarepantsii. It smells fruity and musty.
The show’s creator studied marine biology.