‘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Most of the ideas in the show are inspired by the unpublished educational comic book, named ‘The Intertidal Zone’, created by Hillenburg in the late 1980s.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.
In this character-driven cartoon, we mainly get to enjoy the numerous aquatic and often, nonsensical quests of SpongeBob, along with his group of underwater friends. SpongeBob’s only problem is that he cannot follow the logical approach to daily issues. Instead, he uses some non-traditional, peculiar solutions, which often land him in trouble. Although his intentions are good, his knack for attracting problems often causes chaos in the underwater kingdom.
‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ is a highly entertaining series, which has won multiple awards, that include four Emmy Awards, 16 Kids’ Choice Awards, and two BAFTA Children’s Awards, among others. Its increased popularity has also led to the series being developed into spin-offs, such as the movie, ‘The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie’ and its two sequels. A critically acclaimed Broadway musical based on the series opened in 2017 and another spin-off series, ‘Kamp Koral’ is currently underway.
SpongeBob SquarePants Season 12 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Season 12 premiered on November 11, 2018 on Nickelodeon. This is the last season that features the involvement of Hillenburg before his death on November 26, 2018. The announcement for the 12th installment was made way back on May 5, 2017. To date, it is the longest season of the series, comprising 54 episode segments.
Now, as far as a 13th season is concerned, we have good news for the fans. On July 17, 2019, Nickelodeon renewed the show and ordered a 13-episode 13th season. It is a testament to show’s success that the network didn’t even wait for the 12th season to end to announce the renewal. Even though release date for the next season wasn’t announced, we expect ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ season 13 premiere date to fall sometime in November 2019. We shall update this section with a more concrete timeline as and when we learn more.
SpongeBob SquarePants Trailer:
We don’t have a full-fledged trailer for ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Season 12. However, you can head to their official page if you wish to catch up on the show and watch all of its previous episodes.
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