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Creator of SpongeBob SquarePants died at 57

According to koodakpress، Stephen Hillenburg, who created SpongeBob SquarePants, has died at 57. Inhabited by a good-natured pineapple-dwelling yellow sponge and a motley crew of sea creatures, the Nickelodeon TV program gained huge popularity with both children and adults over its nearly 20-year run. Nickelodeon said Tuesday that Hillenburg died of ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease. […]

According to koodakpress، Stephen Hillenburg, who created SpongeBob SquarePants, has died at 57. Inhabited by a good-natured pineapple-dwelling yellow sponge and a motley crew of sea creatures, the Nickelodeon TV program gained huge popularity with both children and adults over its nearly 20-year run.

Nickelodeon said Tuesday that Hillenburg died of ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease.

“Steve imbued SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere,” Nickelodeon said in a statement. “His utterly original characters and the world of Bikini Bottom will long stand as a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship and the limitless power of imagination.”

he underwater world of Bikini Bottom, where the action takes place, reflects Hillenburg’s deep interest in marine life. SpongeBob is surrounded by a starfish, an octopus, a crab and a pufferfish, to name a few.

Hillenburg, who is originally from Oklahoma, started his career teaching marine biology at the Orange County Marine Institute in Dana Point, Calif. He later switched gears to focus on animation, earning a degree at the California Institute of the Arts and working on Nickelodeon series Rocko’s Modern Life for about four years in the mid-1990s.

It was at Nickelodeon that his interests in marine biology and animation combined to create SpongeBob SquarePants.

In a 2015 interview with the channel, Hillenburg said a writer from Rocko’s Modern Life spotted his comic drawings of ocean creatures.

“It started me thinking, if I’m going to do a show, I would do it about these invertebrates and these crazy animals that exist in the ocean, and it would be the perfect fusion of the things that I did,” he said. “It was that moment where I said, maybe I should pursue this, you know, go down this path.”

 

 

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