You definitely can’t list greatest animated series of all time without Spongbob Squarepants topping the list. It is safe to say that many have probably heard of and at least watched one episode of this hilarious yet educative animated sitcom. So far it has a total of over 247 episodes in 12 seasons which follows the lives of Spongebob Squarepants and his friends in Bikini Bottom located under the sea.
Spongebob Squarepants series is notable for receiving a lot of positive reviews and excellent ratings. It is generally listed as an internationally recognized animated series, appealing to both young and matured persons. The television series has also received lots of positive reviews even from critics and excellent ratings from film rating sites. Spongebob Squarepants currently has four Emmy Awards, two BAFTA Children’s Awards, six Annie Awards, sixteen Kids Choice Awards, eight Golden Reel Awards amongst others. More so, its popularity and widespread acceptance have made it a media franchise accumulating billions of dollars as its revenue. Read on to know more about this movie in the 10 things outlined below:
10 Things You May Not Know About Spongebob Squarepants
1. Spongebob Is in his Early 30s
I bet you didn’t know that Spongebob’s driving license at some point in the show revealed his birth date as July 14th, 1986.
2. Mr. Krab is more Advanced in Age than he Appears
Mr. Krabs is one very funny and enterprising character in Spongebob Squarepants who never seems to joke with his money or his business. For Mr. Krabs, nothing is more valuable and pleasing to him than money but did you know that he was born in the ’40s, according to the birth date on his driver’s license. To be specific, Mr. Krabs was born in 1942, however, he hardly looks like he is aging.
3. The Krusty Krab is Designed as a Real-Life Lobster trap
The Krusty Krab is everybody’s favorite restaurant in Bikini Bottom. The restaurant is known for its signature tasty and delicious burger like no other, thanks to its Krabby Patty Secret Formula. Have you ever taken a close look at the overall exterior shape and design of this restaurant in Bikini bottom? If yes then you’ll realize that it looks exactly like a lobster trap. Which makes one wonder if our favorite Krusty Krab restaurant is truly what it is or is it a lobster trap facade?
4. The Creator of Spongebob Squarepants is a Marine Biologist
Stephen Hillenburg who created Spongebob Squarepants for nickelodeon is actually a Marine Biologist as well as a certified Marine Science Educator. He graduated from the Humboldt State University where he obtained his degree and in pursuit of his passion in animation and arts, he proceeded to further his studies at the California Institute of Arts.
5. A-list Celebrities have been Cast in the Show
Some big stars in the entertainment industry have lent their voices to some characters in Spongebob Squarepants. Victoria Beckham voiced the character of Queen Amphitrite, Amy Poehler was the voice of Granny, and Johnny Depp voiced Jack. Other top celebrities that have been used in the show include LeBron James, Patton Oswalt, Robin Williams, Will Ferrel, Tina Fey amongst others.
6. The Popular Character Squidward is Not a Squid
Squidward is one of the popular recurring characters in the show who likes minding his business and does not tolerate other Bikini Bottom occupants that much. Now many fans of this show think Squidward is actually a squid while others think he’s both a squid and an octopus. Actually, creators of the Spongebob Squarepants animated series says that Squidward is an octopus and not a squid as some people think.
7. A Fungus has been Named after Spongebob Squarepants
Did you know that in 2011, a fungus that was newly discovered by researchers at the San Francisco State University was named after Spongebob Squarepants? The new species of mushroom was said to look like the yellow sponge thereby naming it ‘Spongiforma Squarepantsii’.
8. Justin Timberlake was not Accepted to Sing on the Show
The original creator of Spongebob Squarepants, Stephen Hillenburg who has never welcomed the idea of featuring big stars on the show, canceled Justin Timberlake‘s proposal to do a duet on the show.
9. The People who Voiced the Characters, Spongebob and Karen are Married in Real Life
It would interest you to know that Tom Kenny the signature voice behind Spongebob and Jill Talley the voice behind Plankton’s wife, who happens to be a computer, are actually married in real life.
10. Spongebob Squarepants is Nickelodeon’s Longest-Running Animated TV Series
With a total of 12 seasons and over 247 episodes, Spongebob Squarepants is on record as the longest-running television animated series. Aside from that, it is worth knowing that the TV series has indeed fetched nickelodeon a very good sum given its worldwide acceptance, critical acclaims, numerous awards, and nominations.