Why SpongeBob is the best cartoon ever made.

By: Kylise Carino

On May 1, 1999 a legendary cartoon would be aired, and that cartoon would be known as SpongeBob SquarePants. Stephen Hillenburg the creator of this legendary show had made history. The concept of SpongeBob SquarePants dates back to 1986, during Hillenburg’s time at the Orange County Marine Institute. As he was developing the show’s concept, Hillenburg remembered his teaching experience at the Orange County Marine Institute and how enthralled children were by tide-pool animals, including crabs, octopuses, starfish, and sponges. It came to him that the series should take place underwater, with a focus on those creatures. He had this to say about it, “I wanted to create a small town underwater where the characters were more like us than like fish. They have fire. They take walks, they drive, they have pets and holidays.”

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This is a picture of SpongeBob Creator Stephen Hillenburg holding SpongeBob in his hands, apparently underwater. Credit to: consequenceofsound.net

 

     SpongeBob SquarePants was Nickelodeon’s first original Saturday-morning cartoon. It officially aired July 17 of 1999.   James Poniewozik of Time magazine described the Wacky and goofy character as “the anti-Bart Simpson, temperamentally and physically: his head is as squared-off and neat as Bart’s is unruly, and he has a personality to match—conscientious, optimistic and blind to the faults in the world and those around him” SpongeBob SquarePants was an immediate hit. Within its first month it overtook  Pokémon as the highest-rated Saturday morning children’s series. Nineteen years later, the show is still running. The cartoon is currently in its 11th season and has aired more than 230 episodes, making it Nickelodeon’s longest-running series.

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This a picture of the main man himself SpongeBob Sqaurepants, with him smiling and looking straight Foward, cause he’s ready. Credits to: Twitter.com

“SpongeBob” has also spawned video games, comic books and two movie adaptations. A third movie is due in 2020. When the musical was set to make its debut on Broadway in 2017, The New York Times reported that the “SpongeBob” franchise had been responsible for more than $13 billion in merchandise sales.

     SpongeBob isn’t only a cartoon, he’s an icon. SpongeBob has ingrained himself into meme culture. What is a meme though, well according to Google the definition a meme is an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation. If you go on any meme websites like YouTube and Twitter, you’ll no doubt find a meme containing SpongeBob Memepants. SpongeBob has been featured in so many memes it’s basically impossible to count them all. The reason why SpongeBob is so memeable has to do with who’s creating memes these days. The people who grew up with the show are usually the ones who like to create the SpongeBob memes.

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This is a picture of SpongeBob SquarePants, but in the regular meme format, this picture was taken from one of the 230 episodes of the show. Credit to: Facebook.com

     SpongeBob SquarePants has been on the air since 1999, but its golden years continued until The SpongeBob SquarePants movie came out in 2004. After that, it’s widely considered to have drastically decrease in quality, but there are still some good episodes in the later seasons.

Now let’s answer the question of this article, the reason SpongeBob is the best cartoon ever made. Let’s face it, SpongeBob is incredibly hilarious. Whether it’s Patrick acting like he got hit over the head with a rock a thousand times, Squidward playing his clarinet atrociously and being pretentious about his so-called “artwork,” or Mr. Krabs being a cheapskate. There are no limits when it comes to the quirky and eccentric heights of random hilariousness this series has never failed to offer.

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This is official artwork of SpongeBob SquarePants, hanging out with his bud Patrick while making goofy facial expression, with a cool background. Credits to: next-episode.net

Like that time Squidward got everyone in a band together to play at the “Bubble Bowl” which was so good people are signing a petition to play sweet victory at the super bowl, or when SpongeBob and Squidward had to fearfully face “The Hash-Slinging Slasher,” even though he ended up being a regular guy who was just trying to get hired at the Krusty Krab.

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This is a picture of 5 children hanging out with each other and are having a good old time. Credit to: Yourdictionary.com

This show has encouraged so many people’s “imagination” and has been there for some people’s whole childhood. These characters have been everywhere and have done everything you wouldn’t expect. From going back to prehistoric times to somehow ending up in the lost city of Atlantis, this show has taken us everywhere. Like that time SpongeBob and Patrick encouraged Squidward to “battle robots” even though they were just sitting in a box, basing everything off their imaginations. Or when Squidward got a hold of a time machine that eventually broke and ended up nowhere.

This show is just so creative and has made so many peoples childhoods fun. A 9th grader at Woodstock High School named Jaiden Palys had this to say about the show “SpongeBob was probably my favorite cartoon as a child and was the only cartoon my dad was able to watch with me and enjoy, I had a SpongeBob blanket and my dad would play the best SpongeBob playlist in the car all the time all the time.” and another Woodstock freshman by the name of Michael Ellis said this, “ SpongeBob is the ice to my cereal” I’m not sure what that means but I’m positive that it’s a good thing.

That is why SpongeBob SquarePants is the best cartoon ever, because it literally cultivated a whole generation of children.

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