Hey guys it’s Sam. Back in late 2010, I created a series called Joke Time, where I told Q&A jokes, clever puns, knock knock jokes, and yo mama jokes. It lasted for three episodes over three months before it officially ended. Now I want to have my own diverse segment in something of a homage to that series, but it doesn’t have anything to do with jokes. It’s about trivia. Y’see, I don’t know lots of information, but I know one heck of a lot of trivia! This week’s episode has been made centric to a lone topic: SpongeBob. Now, fasten your seatbelts and prepare to see Nick’s porous pal like never before!
- Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob, says he came up with his character’s voice after he heard the yell of an angry dwarf.
- Each character on SpongeBob has their own unofficial age–for example, Krabs is “seventy” and SpongeBob is “twenty-six”.
- The thing is, although SpongeBob would’ve been “thirteen” by the series premiere, he is old enough to be in driver’s ed and to be finding his own job.
- SpongeBob was originally called SpongeBoy, but the name was changed after the original was found out to be already trademarked (BY A MOP!). The “Sponge” was kept in because Hillenburg feared some kids would mistake for a talking piece of cheese.
- Karen, Plankton’s WIFE (wired integrated female electroencephalograph), was named after the wife of series creator Stephen Hillenburg. She is also voiced by Jill Talley, Tom Kenny’s wife.
- Stephen Hillenburg first came up with the idea for the series due to his time as a marine biologist. He pitched his idea to Nickelodeon by bringing a fish tank into the board room, explaining what was living inside it. He then dropped a drawing of SpongeBob inside, and said, “This is SpongeBob, the star of your new show.”
- Hillenburg came up with the idea for the show in 1984, but only began work on it in 1996 after Rocko’s Modern Life (a 90s Nick cartoon) was cancelled.
- The Krusty Krab’s siren is identical to the siren in The Shawshank Redemption.
- Coincidentally, Clancy Brown–the voice of Krabs–was in the said movie.
- Once, Spike TV attempted to convince Hillenburg to create an adult version of SpongeBob for their adults-only animated block. The show would be very similar to Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon, but Hillenburg knew what was right and turned down the offer. Luckily, Ren & Stimpy APC only survived for the entire summer of 2003 before being cancelled.
- Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy’s Invisible Boatmobile isn’t actually a boat–it’s a 1959 Cadillac.
- The Krabby Patty was originally called the Barnacle Burger according to concept art.
- While Hillenburg was a director of Rocko, he showed writer Martin Olson a comic book called The Intertidal Zone which he had made in college. Olson raved about the comic and suggested he turn it into an underwater cartoon show, which became SpongeBob.
- SpongeBob‘s first season was the only season to use traditional cel animation. When season two started, they began digital inking, painting, and editing. I guess that’s one of the reasons why the second season was the best season.
- The show is known for having a French narrator, and this was inspired by Jacques-Yves Cousteau who influenced Hillenburg’s interest in marine biology.
- Coincidentally, Cousteau studied aquatic life himself, but passed away two years before SpongeBob began.
- Each main character on SpongeBob could actually be based off of one deadly sin. Krabs is greed, Plankton is envy, Patrick is sloth, Sandy is pride, Squidward is wrath, Gary is gluttony, and SpongeBob is lust. No, not sexual desire, but a passionate desire. In this case, for the affections of friend and foe, but generally for life. Carpe diem, baby!
- Much like SpongeBob, Hillenburg once worked as a seafood restaurant fry cook.
- SpongeBob was given a pineapple to live in since it is a common motif in Polynesian crafts, and Hillenburg thought he’d like the smell of pineapple. Well, considering sea animals look at smelling as a very vital sense.
- Despite Squidward having six legs, he is an octopus. No, it’s not because Octoward didn’t roll off the tongue–it’s because animators thought that giving him eight legs would have a burdened look for him.
- Tom Kenny also voices Dog on CatDog (another 90s Nick cartoon) and the Mayor of Townsville on Powerpuff Girls.
- Stephen Hillenburg notes that although the Krabby Patty formula is still very secret, it may be vegetarian. If it had meat, some Bikini Bottomites would be cannibals!
- SpongeBob is actually helping the NYC Department of Environmental Protection by promoting water conservation using the slogan, “Save water–don’t drip New York dry!”
- Despite the show being underwater, SpongeBob more closely resembles a kitchen sponge than a sea sponge, since that wouldn’t work well for a cartoon character. If he was a sea sponge, he’d look like this:
- Hillenburg also thought that SpongeBob wouldn’t make it to a season two, but it is already on its ninth season today!
- In 2007, President Obama told TV Guide that SpongeBob was his favorite cartoon character, since he watched the show with his daughters.
- In Korea, SpongeBob is known as Square Square Sponge.
- The show’s iconic theme song was inspired by a sea shanty called “Blow the Man Down”.
- Doug Lawrence, the voice of Plankton, also voices Larry the Lobster and Johnny the fish head.
- The episode “SpongeBob’s Last Stand” was released on Earth Day 2010.
- The said episode was also initially SpongeBob‘s series finale, but despite that the show creators saw that they could steal the “longest running Nicktoon” title from Rugrats and kept going.
- Two years later, SpongeBob finally accomplished its mission when it aired its 173rd episode “Squiditis”. (Rugrats only lasted for 172 episodes.)
- SpongeBob actually inspired the name of a fungus species: Spongiforma squarepantsii.
- Much like Shrek, SpongeBob received a 4D “movie” found at places including Sea World and Nick Suites Resort.
- It only lasted for four minutes while Shrek 4D lasted sixteen.
- In April 2013, a prequel 4D movie called The Great Jelly Rescue premiered at Nick Family Suites.
- The SpongeBob film will be receiving a late 2014 sequel directed by executive producer Paul Tibbitt.
- The sequel’s budget shouldn’t be surpass $100 million.
- SpongeBob has created a merchandising revenue of $8 billion for Nick.
I hope you can look at SpongeBob in a new light now! Anyway, be sure to tune in next Friday at 1:00 PM EST for more awesomeness courtesy of Sammwak!
Stay classy America,
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