SpongeBob SquarePants Creator is Dead

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In summary, Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, has passed away at the age of 57 due to ALS. Hillenburg had a background in marine biology, which is reflected in the show's scientific elements. The first season, which was enjoyed by many, contained clever twists on underwater reality, such as rivers and beaches. The show also featured humorous names and a catchy theme song. Although initially seen as a show for kids, it quickly became popular among adults due to its unexpected plot twists and hidden jokes. Some viewers even questioned what the creators were smoking while making the show. The only criticism was the excessive use of close-up shots, particularly with the character Patrick. A NY Times obituary has been published
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Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants has died of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease). He was 57.
Why post about him here you might ask:
He was trained to some extent in marine biology.
Almost everything about SpongBob SquarePants (at least the first season, which I watched with my son) is based on a twisting of scientific reality and expectations, such as rivers and beaches under the ocean.
I especially like the underwater anchor aero(hydro?)dynamics of the anchor toss contest.

Also many funny names (such as they live in Bikini Bottom) and a great theme song.
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As I first watched it, I thought it was a show for kids. However, this changed to quite the opposite. There are so many crazy things going on, that the question must be allowed: What did they smoke? It's full of unexpected turns and subtle, i.e. hidden jokes. The only thing I wished they had less are the close-ups, especially Patrick's.
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Here is a NY Times obituary on Hillenburg.

Related to SpongeBob SquarePants Creator is Dead

1. Who was the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants?

The creator of SpongeBob SquarePants was Stephen Hillenburg, a marine biologist and animator. He passed away on November 26, 2018 at the age of 57.

2. What caused the death of the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants?

Stephen Hillenburg passed away from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He had been battling the disease for more than a year.

3. How did the news of the creator's death impact the SpongeBob SquarePants franchise?

The news of Stephen Hillenburg's death was met with an outpouring of love and support for the creator and the beloved cartoon series. The show's network, Nickelodeon, paid tribute to him with a marathon of SpongeBob episodes and a special title card at the end of each episode.

4. Will there be any changes to the show following the creator's death?

As of now, there are no plans to make any changes to the show following the death of its creator. The production team has stated that they will continue to honor Hillenburg's vision and legacy in future episodes.

5. What is the legacy of the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants?

The creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, Stephen Hillenburg, will be remembered as a creative genius who brought joy and laughter to millions of people through his iconic cartoon series. He also inspired a new generation of animators and entertainers, leaving behind a lasting impact on the world of animation.