I'm sure many people knows this cartoon,huh? For starters and flashback, Spongebob Squarepants is another show from Nickelodeon. It aired around year 1999 after the Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards in the same year in the US and Stephen Hillenburg is the creator of the show. This show tells about a typical sea sponge named Spongebob Squarepants who lives "in the pineapple under the sea" along with his pet snail,Gary. Spongebob meets a lot of other characters in the fictional underwater city in Bikini Bottom like his best friend named Patrick (the starfish), a sarcastic clarinet-player Squidward (the squid), his karate buddy from the land named Sandy (the squirrel), Mr.Krabs,Plankton and many more. This show also tells about life under the sea with some mix of humor and adventures in every episode.
If you ask how come this cartoon become popular to everyone this time, it's really hard to go-figure. It all started when Stephen Hillenburg,the creator of the show worked as a marine biologist and also a cartoonist. Then, he began to create a sponge character who can walk and talk around 90's. At first, Hillenburg originally called his creation "Spongeboy"where the character wears a red hat with green base and a white business shirt with a tie (try to draw it) but then, the first name was already used from other show. So he decided to call the sponge "Spongebob" because he thought that his character is so funny.
The first episode of Spongebob Squarepants entitled,"Help Wanted/Reef Blower/Tea and the Treedome" aired around year1999 during the time Rugrats was popular. Containing the humor-style storyline, it's no suprise that at the first episode soared higher ratings even though the show is one of the early Nicktoons that has a low-budget animation. The voice actor of Spongebob Squarepants,Tom Kenny and humor made the children and adults enjoyed. Around 2000, the show got even more higher-quality animation and better storyline. The ratings of the show recieve higher ratings than before and even it surpassed the Rugrats' ratings. That's the reason why Spongebob Squarepants started to become a popular cartoon from Nickelodeon.
In November 2004 in the US and 2005 in some other countries, the first movie of Spongebob Squarepants appeared to the theaters after"Stephen Hillenburg would quit producing more episodes" rumor. The result around the movie became a success and it earned millions of dollars in revenue and more positive receptions. Hillenburg admitted that he only resigned being an executive producer and replaced Derek Drymon.In 2005, the show started to produce more new episodes and the popularity regains back to what it had. During that year,Nickelodeon seems to focus on Sponegbob Squarepants with the help of releasing merchandises like stuff toys,shirts,socks,underwear,video games,etc. The show has also parking rides available,too. New episodes and even more TV-movie episodes like "Dunces and Dragons" and "Atlantis Squarepantis" appeared as well giving more higher broadband appeal.
I can't really say anything about the show. At first when I saw the show for the first time in the Philippines, I didn't focus on it's storyline but their humor until I realize the show is good too because some of the stories contained in-jokes of the show as well as underwater life situations. In one episode,"Rock-a-Bye Bivalve" Spongebob and Patrick's childish nature reveals that they can be responsibe as adults after seeing their nurtured scallop flew away. Also,with the stories contain innuendos which many kids and adults could memorize,it helped the show got on a soar.What's great on Spongebob Squarepants is that there are some of the artists sing rock songs in order to produce the show's soundtrack.The character designs are more developed as the seasons go on. Who would love Spongebob Squarepants' different expressions in every episode?
It seems that Spongebob Squarepants pushed too far than other Nicktoons. I wouldn't even imagine that of all new Nickelodeon games I've recently played, Spongebob just suddenly pops-up the video game screen and now that's scary.I felt like I was thinking Nickelodeon just focus on Spongebob Squarepants other than Nicktoons especially classics. They even made Spongebob as their mascot and all of their Nickelodeon schedules mostly put on Spongebob Squarepants. Whatever Nickelodeon thinks about the other shows like Spongebob, it doesn't really matter to them as long as they do what is right.
If you're a big fan of Spongebob Squarepants,why not try to vist some of the different and active fan sites fanfics,fanarts and official/unoffical forums like these following links I found: (Note:I have no responsible for showing these links without reason)
Spongebob Squarepants Fanfiction.net
Spongebob Squarepants on TV.com
Spongebob Squarepants IMDB
Official Nickelodeon site
Nickelodeon South East Asia
There are also a bunch of Spongebob Squarepants videos on Youtube but mostly fan videos. Don't worry, some people uploaded some full-length episodes of Spongebob Squarepants so you'll have to check them out before they delete forever. Still, Spongebob Squarepants is one of the cartoons we know today.