Squeezing secrets out of SpongeBob - Nov 17, 2004

Am I the only person that loves Sponge Bob too?


Absorbent character comes to the screen

Thursday, November 18, 2004 Posted: 8:13 AM EST (1313 GMT)

LOS ANGELES, California (AP)—America’s favorite deep-sea sponge is coming to the surface.

SpongeBob SquarePants, a goofy sink utensil who wears a little brown suit and lives in a pineapple at the bottom of the ocean, has spent the past five years on the Nickelodeon TV channel. Now a new film out Friday sends him to a “real world” both simple and surreal.

Here are 10 little-known facts about “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” and the origin of a cartoon cult icon:

1. THE BIRTH OF SPONGEBOB: The movie’s director and “SpongeBob” creator Stephen Hillenburg was a former marine science teacher who wanted to do a sea cartoon. “I really wanted to do something about one character, based on an innocent who is surrounded by more cynical beings ... A sort of awkward, nerdy, goofball, oddball,” he said.

Fish seemed too ordinary, so he started thinking about a sponge.

“I drew these natural sponges for a while and gave them googly eyes and it didn’t come together until I drew a sink sponge one day. I thought, ‘This is the guy.’ He’s the square peg, literally, in this world of animals.”

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