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SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants logo by Nickelodeon.svg
GenreComedy[1]
Surreal comedy[2]
Created byStephen Hillenburg
Developed by
Creative directors
Voices of
Narrated byTom Kenny (various episodes)
Theme music composer
  • Derek Drymon
  • Mark Harrison
  • Stephen Hillenburg
  • Blaise Smith
Opening theme"SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song", performed by Patrick Pinney
Ending theme"SpongeBob Closing Theme", composed by Steve Belfer
Composers
  • Steve Belfer
  • Nicolas Carr
  • Sage Guyton
  • Jeremy Wakefield
  • Brad Carow (1999–2002)
  • The Blue Hawaiians (1999–2002)
  • Eban Schletter (2000–present)
  • Barry Anthony Trop (2005–2014)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons13
No. of episodes265 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Donna Castricone (1999–2002)
  • Helen Kafatic (2002–2004)
  • Anne Michaud (2001)
  • Dina Buteyn (2005–2010)
  • Jennie Monica Hammond (2010–present)
  • Supervising producers:
  • Derek Drymon (2002–2004)
  • Paul Tibbitt (2005–2015)
  • Marc Ceccarelli (2015–2018)
  • Vincent Waller (2015–2018)
Running time
  • 11 minutes (regular episodes only)
  • 22 minutes (special episodes only)
Production companies
Release
Original networkNickelodeon[b]
Picture format
Audio format
Original releaseMay 1, 1999 (1999-05-01) –
present (present)
Chronology
Related showsKamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years
External links
Website
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SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated comedy television series created by marine science educator and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. The series chronicles the adventures and endeavors of the title character and his aquatic friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The fifth-longest-running American animated series, its popularity has made it a media franchise. It is the highest rated series to air on Nickelodeon and it is the most distributed property from ViacomCBS Networks International. The media franchise has generated more than $13 billion in merchandising revenue for Nickelodeon.[6][needs update]

Many of the series' ideas originated in The Intertidal Zone, an unpublished educational book that Hillenburg created in 1989 to teach his students about undersea life.[7] He began developing SpongeBob SquarePants into a television series in 1996 following the cancellation of Rocko's Modern Life, and in 1997, a seven-minute pilot was pitched to Nickelodeon. He turned to Tom Kenny, who had worked with him on that series, to voice the title character. SpongeBob was originally going to be named SpongeBoy, and the series called SpongeBoy Ahoy!; both of these were changed as the name was already trademarked.

Nickelodeon held a preview for the series in the United States on May 1, 1999, after it aired the 1999 Kids' Choice Awards. The series officially premiered on July 17, 1999. It has received worldwide critical acclaim since its premiere and had gained enormous popularity by its second season. A feature film, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, was released in theaters on November 19, 2004. A second film adaptation, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, followed on February 6, 2015. A third film and prequel to the television series, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, was released in Canadian theaters on August 14, 2020 followed by a premiere on video-on-demand and CBS All Access in 2021. In 2018, the series began airing its twelfth season; it was renewed for a thirteenth season on July 17, 2019, which began airing in October 2020.[8] As of July 30, 2020, all prior seasons of the show are available on CBS All Access.[9]

SpongeBob SquarePants has won a variety of awards including: six Annie Awards, eight Golden Reel Awards, four Emmy Awards, 17 Kids' Choice Awards, and two BAFTA Children's Awards. A Broadway musical based on the series opened in 2017 to critical acclaim.[10] Three spin-off series, Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years, an untitled project based on the character Squidward Tentacles, and The Patrick Star Show, are in development as of 2020.

  1. ^ Meet the Creator: Stephen Hillenburg (Video). Nick Animation. July 27, 2015. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  2. ^ "SpongeBob SquarePants and the Indestructible Faith of Imagination". New York (Vulture). Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Why, one of the stars of the most brilliantly imagined and sustained display of surreal humor in pop culture, that's who.
  3. ^ "Comic Riffs - The Interview: 'SpongeBob' Creator Stephen Hillenburg". voices.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  4. ^ "Press - Rough Draft Studios". March 10, 2008. Archived from the original on March 10, 2008. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  5. ^ "CBS sets 'SpongeBob Christmas' for November". The Washington Post. October 18, 2012.
  6. ^ "Nickelodeon Marks 20 Years of SpongeBob SquarePants with the "Best Year Ever"". www.businesswire.com. February 12, 2019. Retrieved December 7, 2020.
  7. ^ "Casetext". casetext.com. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  8. ^ Nellie Andreeva (July 17, 2019). "SpongeBob SquarePants Renewed for Season 13 by Nickelodeon on Heels of Strong Ratings for Anniversary Special". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  9. ^ Todd Spangler (July 29, 2020). "CBS All Access Adds 70 Shows From ViacomCBS's Networks Ahead of 2021 Rebranding". Variety. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  10. ^ Gold, Michael (May 2, 2018). "Before the Tonys, SpongeBob Seized the Culture With Memes". New York Times. Retrieved May 3, 2018.


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