Are you ready kids?
The French know him as Bob l’eponge. Germany rattles with excitement for Spongebob Schwammkopf. Even Israel’s citizens tune in to watch Bobsfog Michnasmeruba. In America, however, we know this international invertebrate as Spongebob Squarepants.
Later this fall season, the directors behind the show will announce the release date and episode title of the 200th episode of “Spongebob Squarepants,” becoming one of Nickelodeon’s longest running shows, beating “Rugrats” by 28 episodes. Many viewers, however, do not fully appreciate and understand the significance of this exquisite oceanic occurrence.
Under the sea, in the depths of Bikini Bottom, lies a pineapple resident and his pet snail. We all know his name, but do we know the revolutionary significance that lies within each ten-minute episode segment? Not only is this friendly, loving sponge a joy to watch, but this Nickelodeon series has raised all of the standards for average children television shows and the culture of major characters in general.
Most of the thanks goes to Stephen Hillenburg, the marine biologist and creator of our beloved sea creature. Not only is he the founder of a show that has been running for almost 16 years, airing its first episode on May 1, 1999, but he is also the cause for fuel that started the campfire of affection in our hearts.
Though the scientific accuracy the show contains might lead to severe questions of Hillenburg’s expected knowledge of marine biology, there is no question as to why this series has grossed over $140 million worldwide.
The truth is: “Spongebob Squarepants” is one of the most memorable ongoing children cartoons in this generation. Even some of the most memorable shows of the 90s, like “Powerpuff Girls”, “Teen Titans” and “Dexter’s Laboratory” for instance, are all masked underneath the shadow of this marine majesty.
Where would any of us be without the knowledge provided by this underwater poriferan? The current understanding of things like wumbology, the instrumental role mayonnaise does not play and P.O.O.P. has morphed the children of the late 90s into the sensibly humored young adults they are today.
Overall, should the respect of this charismatic sponge and his team of friends be raised higher than it already is? The answer: aye aye, captain.