Irritating '90s Cartoon Characters". Retrieved January 17, In order to fully grasp the radicalness of SpongeBob SquarePantsa discussion of its historic context is necessary. Full Cast and Crew. Archived from the original on October 16, Ted Fox and James Otis Smith's beautifully realized, updated graphic novel brings this rich history to life.
At that point, Hillenburg had not even considered creating his own series.
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Hillenburg first sought out Drymon's storyboard partner, Mark O'Hare - but O'Hare had just created the soon-to-be syndicated comic strip, Citizen Dog and while he would later join SpongeBob as a writer,  lacked the time to get involved with both projects at the outset. SpongeBob SquarePants — 8. For example, in the French version of the series, SpongeBob speaks with a slight Daffy Duck -style lisp. Nickelodeon's parent company Viacom purposefully targeted marketing at women in the country. There's no sense of the elbow-in-rib, tongue-in-cheek aesthetic that so permeates the rest of American culture—including kids' shows like the Rugrats.
Archived from the original on February 8, Archived from the original on January 21, Stereo Seasons Dolby Digital Season Lawrence recalls that Nickelodeon executives told Hillenburg, "'we could stunt-cast this. Because of the tiki influence on the show, the background painters use a lot of pattern.