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Posted Friday 1/11/19 at 1:19PM EST
Petition to have SpongeBob SquarePants perform at the Super Bowl surpasses 1 million signatures
The Change.org petition “Have ‘Sweet Victory’ Performed at the Super Bowl" was created in November in response to the death of SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg.
Posted Thursday 12/06/18 at 3:19PM EST
SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg's ashes were scattered at sea
Hillenburg, whose official cause of death was cardiopulmonary failure due to ALS, had his ashes scattered 500 yards off the coast of California.
Posted Saturday 12/01/18 at 12:30AM EST
SpongeBob SquarePants fans sign a petition calling for a Super Bowl halftime tribute
Source: The Daily Dot
A petition calling for a performance of "Sweet Victory" from the famous Season 2 episode "Band Geeks" in honor of the SpongeBob's late creator Stephen Hillenburg has reached nearly 150,000 signatures.
Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 8:50PM EST
SpongeBob SquarePants is the rare piece of entertainment that had something to offer viewers of all ages
Source: The Atlantic
"SpongeBob was an eternal child who lived the life of a grownup, and Hillenburg found a balance between those two qualities that was endearing rather than off-putting," David Sims says in tribute to SpongeBob's late creator Stephen Hillenburg. He adds: "Each 11-minute mini-episode was loaded with clever zingers, random cutaways, and non sequiturs that could amuse older audiences, but the series was powered by gleeful energy, doughty goodwill, and a kind of unironic innocence. Although I was in high school when the show premiered, I was charmed by its willingness to swerve away from the darker, more acidic humor of the cartoons of my childhood, like Rocko and Ren & Stimpy."
Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 1:14PM EST
Beck recalls collaborating with his neighbor Stephen Hillenburg before SpongeBob SquarePants
"Very sad to hear the news of the passing of Stephen Hillenberg (sic), who years and years ago used to be my neighbor and kindly did the artwork for the first music that I ever released," the musician wrote on Instagram. "The photo from the Record was shot behind his apartment. Better known as the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, I always remembered him as a genuinely sweet guy. I was lucky to get to run into him by chance at the airport a few months ago. Sending my condolences to his family and to all the friends who are missing him today and thinking about old times." ALSO: SpongeBob fans recall their favorite episodes.
Posted Tuesday 11/27/18 at 6:33PM EST
SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg's legacy lives on in countless internet memes
There's no way Hillenburg could've imagined that his cartoon creation would've united the internet when he launched SpongeBob SquarePants in 1999. "The double helix of SpongeBob and the internet is so prevalent you don't even register it," says Angela Watercutter. "Imagining the web without Hillenburg’s creation is like imagining it without Google or Facebook (where at least one post in your feed on any given day would feature SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward or another undersea character.) The show is simply part of online culture's fabric—a part that Hillenburg, who died (Monday) at age 57 after a battle with ALS, built whether he knew he was doing it or not." In the social media era, SpongeBob became the most "meme-able" TV show. "More than just a colorful and funny children’s show with that coveted ability to entertain audiences old and young, SpongeBob SquarePants was also the show that launched a thousand memes," says Madison Malone Kircher. "And then launched a thousand more." Watercutter adds: "Figuring out why the internet grew attached to SpongeBob is like trying to figure out why the internet likes (or dislikes) anything. It just happens. But something about Hillenburg's show proved irresistible to memery. The show’s characters—and its titular hero specifically—are expressive enough to communicate a mood in a single frame. The show's wholesome, if slyly subversive, tone makes recontextualizing those faces all the funnier."
- Hillenburg saw the ocean as a force for bringing us together
- SpongeBob is "the most brilliantly imagined and sustained display of surreal humor in pop-culture"
- Animators pay tribute to Hillenburg
- SpongeBob supervising director Adam Paolian: "Steve Hillenburg is the reason I've always given 110% on SpongeBob. He's been an inspiration to me since I was 7, and it was the greatest honor to work for him, my personal hero. What always inspired me most about Steve was his humble nature. Thanks for everything, Steve."
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- David Hasselhoff and more celebrities pay tribute to SpongeBob
Posted Tuesday 11/27/18 at 1:19PM EST
SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg dies at 57
Hillenburg died Monday following a battle with ALS after disclosing he was suffering from the disease in March 2017. A former marine biology teacher, Hillenburg combined his love of the sea and its creatures with his artistic talent to create SpongeBob, which launched on Nickelodeon in 1999 and completed its 11th season on Sunday. He also wrote and directed 2004's The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, which grossed $140 million. In announcing his disease in March 2017, Hillenburg said in a statement: “I wanted people to hear directly from me that I have been diagnosed with ALS. Anyone who knows me knows that I will continue to work on SpongeBob SquarePants and my other passions for as long as I am able. My family and I are grateful for the outpouring of love and support. We ask that our sincere request for privacy be honored during this time.” Nickelodeon said of Hillenburg's death: “He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family. Steve imbued SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere. 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.”