Today we lose another icon, the creator of every child’s favorite cartoon, Spongebob Squarepants, Stephen Hillenburg. The one who introduced us to a sponge living in a pineapple under the sea in an aquatic life called Bikini Bottom, has left a legacy in the world and for that he will surely be missed.
The 57-year-old creator of everyone’s favorite animated TV character had passed away on Monday due to a brain disease called ALS, which I’m sure we all remember from the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge.’
Hillenburg, used to be a marine biologist in Southern California, who helped his students with their lesson by creating animated sea animals. And in May 1999 the first episode of Spongebob was aired on US television.
Spongebob Squarepants was a very popular TV show, it had won many awards and was shown in more than 200 countries and in more than 60 languages.
According to Nickelodeon, “Steve imbued Spongebob Squarepants with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere.”
Stephen Hillenburg had created very amusing characters, that everyone grew up watching, it has become part of our childhood, and always will be.
These characters are also sometimes referred to in other TV shows, for example, in The Big Bang Theory, season 10 episode 15, when Bernadette refers Raj and Stewart to the cartoon characters when she says; “Yeah, I may have just left my infant daughter with Patrick and Spongebob.”
The animated series has been a big hit with many children and still continues to be one even after the passing of it’s creator, now that’s called having influence over people. We will remember him especially when we’re having a Krabby Patty.