Release Date, Cast, Episodes, Recap
‘SpongeBob SquarePants’, the extremely popular Nickelodeon show, is a kids’ animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg. The story primarily revolves around the titular character and chronicles his various adventures in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. Branded as the fifth, longest-running animated series from the US, it has not only progressed to become a media franchise but is also the channel’s highest-rated title.
Most of the ideas in the show are inspired by the unpublished educational comic book, named ‘The Intertidal Zone’, created by Hillenburg in the late 1980s. The process for developing SpongeBob SquarePants into a full-fledged series actually began in the 1990s. The first season debuted on Nickelodeon on July 17, 1999. Since its premiere, it has been appreciated on a global platform, making it one of the most popular cartoons of all time.
SpongeBob Squarepants Cast: Who is in it?
Apart from SpongeBob, who is the titular character, the series features an ensemble cast of multiple aquatic entities. Our protagonist is an enthusiastic, positive, and active sea sponge who looks like a rectangular sponge we usually see in kitchens. He resides in an underwater pineapple, in the company of his pet snail Gary, whose voice resembles a cat’s meow. SpongeBob is employed as a fry cook at a fast-food restaurant, named Krusty Krab. His only ambition is to obtain a license so that he can drive a boatmobile and his all-time hobby is ‘jelly-fishing’.
SpongeBob’s neighbor and buddy is the dim-witted Patrick Star, a pink starfish who has his home beneath a rock. Yet another neighbor is Squidward Tentacles, his colleague at Krusty Krab and a proud, bad-tempered octopus. His home in an Easter Island moai. Krusty Krab is owned by a red crab named Mr. Krabs who runs his restaurant like it is a pirate ship. He has a teenage daughter Pearl, who is actually a sperm whale. Pearl holds a passion for pop music and does not want to take up her father’s business. Sandy Cheeks, the muscled and thrill-loving squirrel from Texas, is yet another of SpongeBob’s friends. She is usually seen wearing an air-filled diving suit so that she can breathe underwater. Her home is in an oak tree and she is a karate expert and a scientist.
Additional characters who make appearances across the episodes are the copepod named Plankton and his waterproof supercomputer, Karen. The duo works in a rival restaurant called Chum Bucket and is always attempting to put down Krusty Krabs. Next is Mrs. Puff, the always anxious and patient pufferfish, who gives boat lessons to SpongeBob. There are also recurring guest characters who feature across the series, such as Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, Flying Dutchman, Larry the Lobster, and King Neptune.
SpongeBob SquarePants Plot: What is it about?
Almost all of the events of ‘SpongeBob SquarePants‘ are set in the imaginary benthic underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The fictional town is located in the Pacific Ocean, below the real coral reef, called Bikini Atoll. The residents here comprise different types of bright, colorful fishes who reside in shelters crafted from ship funnels. Their major mode of transportation is “boatmobiles,” a combo of cars and boats. The story arcs mainly take place in the locales of Bikini Bottom, which comprise the houses of SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward, the two rival restaurants — Krusty Krab and Chum Bucket, Mrs. Puff’s Boating School, Treedome (Sandy’s enclosed glass home with continuous oxygen supply), Shady Shoals Rest Home, Jellyfish Fields, and Goo Lagoon.