SpongeBob Squarepants lives in a pineapple under the sea and was created by Stephen Hillenburg. It has become insanely popular and will likely live on as a classic in everyone’s minds. Here is part one of our list of things you didn’t know about the show.
Number Fifteen: The Creator Has a Degree in Marine Biology
This must be what inspired him to create a show that takes place under the sea. He got his education at the Orange County Marine institute. Before fully developing his idea for the show, he created a comic book which featured an early version of SpongeBob.
Number Fourteen: ‘Spongeboy’
The show was originally intended to be called Spongeboy Ahoy! but it turns out “Spongeboy” was already copyrighted. Hillenburg made sure to keep the word “sponge” in the title of the show, however, since he thought (understandably) that kids might mistake him for a block of cheese.
Number Thirteen: SpongeBob Was Inspired by Pee-Wee Herman
The creator had some specific influences in mind when envisioning what type of personality his sponge character would have. Among these were Pee-Wee Herman, Jerry Lewis, and Stan Laurel.
Number Twelve: Patrick Was Originally Envisioned as Mean
When they creators were working on characters, they initially thought that Patrick Star should be angry about being pink, own a roadside bar, and be a “bully”. Something changed quite a bit along the way.
Number Eleven: Hillenburg Did Not Want Celebrities on the Show
He was worried that the show may be accused of trying to copy The Simpsons, and refused to have celebrity voice actors. However, once he resigned as showrunner, many famous folks appeared on the show, including Will Ferrell and Johnny Depp.
Number Ten: The Creator Rejected Timberlake
The frontman of the Flaming Lips wanted to do a duet with Justin Timberlake for the show, but Hillenburg said no. He did not want “those commercial people” involved.
Number Nine: A Species of Mushroom Was Named After SpongeBob
This happened in 2011 in San Francisco. Researchers decided to call the fungus Spongiforma squarepantsii because of its resemblance to the character. Be sure to come back for part two of this article.