History Trivia / SpongeBobSquarepants

29th May '16 6:43:57 PM NWolfman
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* DevelopmentGag: Mr. Lawrence originally auditioned for the role of Spongebob, using the same voice he'd eventually use for Plankton. That deep, heroic voice Spongebob occasionally dips into? That's Creator/TomKenny imitating Lawrence's original voice for his own amusement.


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* ProductionPosse: Many of the writers, artists and actors Stephen Hillenberg had become friends with through ''WesternAnimatoon/RockosModernLife'' migrated over to this show with him.


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** Mr. Lawrence auditioned for the role of Spongebob, using the same voice he'd later use for Plankton.


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* WriterRevolt: According to [[WordOfDante Mr. Lawrence]], the show was at least partially conceived out of Stephen Hillenberg's frustration over having several gags and stories he'd come up with during his tenure on ''WesternAnimaton/RockosModernLife'' get vetoed.
26th May '16 2:07:24 PM NWolfman
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** Spongebob was originally designed to resemble [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sponge#/media/File:Aplysina_archeri_(Stove-pipe_Sponge-pink_variation).jpg an actual sea sponge]], but Stephen Hillenberg couldn't do an appealing caricature of one. He went with a synthetic sink sponge instead to give the character a "[[StealthPun squeaky clean nerd]]" appearance, as well as to imply that he's "a square peg trying to fit into a round hole."


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** The original draft of "Something Smells" had Spongebob gaining his rancid breath from onion-flavored ice cream, but the writers decided that having it be self-inflicted was funnier.
26th May '16 2:01:33 PM NWolfman
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* WriteWhatYouKnow: In addition to his history as a marine biologist influencing the show's universe, Stephen Hillenburg based the Krusty Krab on an actual nautical-themed burger joint he worked at as a teenager, with his "old sea dog" boss serving as [[WriteWhoYouKnow the inspiration of Mr. Krabs]]. The call-and-response theme song was based on one of the restaurant's gimmicks where the wait staff dressed up as sailors and lead the children in sea shanties, usually beginning with "Are you ready kids!" to which the children were expected to respond "Aye aye, captain!"
8th May '16 11:06:24 AM editproboss
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** The creator also wanted to call him Sponge Boy until he learned the name was copyrighted. This appears in a MythologyGag where Mr. Krabs says "Sponge boy, me Bob!"

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** The creator also wanted to call him Sponge Boy until he learned the name was copyrighted.trademarked. This appears in a MythologyGag where Mr. Krabs says "Sponge boy, me Bob!"
3rd May '16 5:40:32 AM MelancholyUtopia
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** "Face Freeze" is similar to season 1 episode "Hooky", wherein Spongebob and Patrick are tempted to do something Mr. Krabs told them not to. One could argue that "Karate Choppers" is about that as well, albeit with Spongebob and Sandy instead, but it's the set-up and pacing that make the first two examples so similar to each other.
26th Apr '16 2:25:15 PM mrSonic056
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* MissingEpisode: Episodes "Ugh (Spongebob B.C), Party Pooler Pants, The Paper," and " The Sponge Who Could Fly" are rarely aired on Nick.
4th Apr '16 9:08:12 AM CaptainTedium
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Yes, that is really Creator/TomKenny you're seeing dressed up like a dime-store Halloween pirate.
*** And yeah, that's his face on a drop of hot sauce.
** Martin Olson plays the live-action role of the Chief in "Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy V", who would later be known as [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Hunson Abadeer]].
* [[HeyItsThatVoice Hey, It's That Voice!]]: There are a ''lot'' of celebrity cameos, ranging from DavidBowie to Amy Poehler and even JohnnyDepp.
** Don't forget they have Creator/ClancyBrown as Mr. Krabs. [[Franchise/CrashBandicoot Yes]], [[Film/{{Highlander}} THAT]] [[Film/TheShawshankRedemption Clancy]] [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Brown]].
** In the "[=SpongeBob=] B.C." special, Creator/BillFagerbakke portrays (in live action) Cavey the Caveman, and when he speaks, one can easily tell that he's Patrick Star's voice actor. Tom Kenny averts this trope (at least in this context), as his portrayal of Patchy the Pirate sounds nothing like [=SpongeBob's=] voice.
** Before [=SpongeBob=], Creator/TomKenny voiced [[WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife other]] [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls happy-go-lucky manchilds]] from [[WesternAnimation/CatDog other animated shows.]]
** Can you imagine Sandy screaming "[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil4 Leon]]!"? There you go.
*** Cindy Vortex...
*** And [[WesternAnimation/MoralOrel Orel]]!
** [[Series/GoodEats Alton Brown]] as Nicky!
** Mrs. Puff is [[Series/DiffrentStrokes Phillip Drummond's housekeeper Pearl.]]
** [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap Nigel Tufnel]] appeared as [=SpongeBob=]'s cousin, Stanley.
** Mr.Krabs' daughter Pearl is [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater The Boss]], [[WesternAnimation/FantasticFour Sue Storm]], [[SwatKats Felina Feral]] and [[WesternAnimation/{{FamilyGuy}} Diane Simmons]].
** Creator/ErnestBorgnine and Tim Conway (reunited from ''Series/McHalesNavy'') as Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy.
** Neptune is [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} J. Peterman]]!
*** In the movie, he's more [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment George Sr.]]
** In "I'm With Stupid", Janet was [[WesternAnimation/PepperAnn Nicky Little]]
** The Dirty Bubble was also [[AllDogsGoToHeaven Killer]] until Charles Nelson Reilly, sadly, died in 2007. All of his appearances afterwards have him voiced by TomKenny.
** Patrick was once another [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} gluttonous, not-so-bright comic relief character]].
*** [[WesternAnimation/LloydInSpace More than once, actually.]]
** The Flying Dutchman is [[TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack Captain K'Nunckles!]]
** Flatts, Reg, Marty (Patrick's [[spoiler:fake]] dad) and the Tattletale Strangler are [[Franchise/BackToTheFuture Biff Tannen!]]
** And Man Ray was [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Gimli!]] Or [[Franchise/IndianaJones Sallah.]] Or Thor (from the mid-90s ''Fantastic Four'' and ''Incredible Hulk'' cartoons).
** Anyone expected Kenny the Cat to sing "She is Just A Friend?"
** [[Creator/JeffBennett Charlton Hawkfish]] from "The Sewers of Bikini Bottom" is [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Dexter's Dad]], [[WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars Lord Camembert]], WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo, and the current voice of [[Disney/PeterPan Mr. Smee]].
** In Germany, Patchy is [[Series/LazyTown Robbie Rotten]], Spongebob is [[Series/FamilyMatters Steve Urkel]], and Mr. Krabs is ChuckNorris of all people!
*** [[{{Seinfeld}} Jerry Seinfeld]] appears in the German dub of "One Krabs' Trash".
*** Squidward was [[Disney/TheLionKing Zazu]], [[SpectacularSpiderMan Vulture]], [[Anime/DragonBallZ Yajirobe]]... and TalkingtoHimself with Squilliam!
** This is nothing compared to France, where Spongebob is [[{{Anime/Monster}} Johann Liebert]]. Patrick is [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Mr Lancer]], and Squidward was [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Mr Garrison]] (later [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} Wakko Warner]]). Amusingly, Plankton and Mr. Krabs [[TalkingToHimself share a voice actor]].
** Japanese dub:
*** Squidward can't stop being voiced by green characters. First, he was [[Anime/JuuniSenshiBakuretsuEtoRanger Nyorori]]. Then, when Creator/RokuroNaya passed away in 2014, he was [[TheOtherDarrin replaced]] by [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents Cosmo]] and [[Series/{{Teletubbies}} Dipsy]].
** Russian dub:
*** Spongebob is [[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius Carl Wheezer]] (like in Sweden) and... [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Dr. Arnim Zola]]. Talk about PlayingAgainstType.
*** Mr. Krabs and Mermaid Man are [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda Shifu]] and [[Franchise/StarWars Uncle Owen/Admiral Ackbar]].
*** Patrick is [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} Yakko, Pinky]], [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The Penguin, Two-Face, Scarecrow]], and, [[TheOtherDarrin not surprisingly]], [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness Shifu]].
*** Squidward, Patchy and Barnacle Boy are [[Film/JurassicPark Dr. Alan Grant]].
*** Plankton and The Flying Dutchman are [[Film/IronMan3 Trevor Slattery]] and [[Film/TheExpendables Yin Yang]].
*** Many background characters from Seasons 1, 2 and 4 are [[Film/IronMan Jarvis]] and the regular Russian voice of [[Creator/JackieChan Jackie Chan]] until voice actor's sudden death.
*** All of the female characters in Seasons 1-4 are [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rarity]], [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Katara/Azula]] and [[WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot Jenny]], and starting from Season 5, they are [[WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger Ginger]], [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash]] and [[Series/{{Bones}} Brennan]]. Though in Seasons 4 and 7-8, some are [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Lois Griffin]] and [[Film/HarryPotter Minerva McGonagall]], respectively.
*** In Season 9, [[Creator/ShiaLaBeouf Shia LaBeouf]] and [[Film/StreetFighter M. Bison]] have been added to the cast.
** Spain has [[Series/{{Teletubbies}} Tinky Winky]] as Spongebob (this doesn't help the AmbiguouslyGay part one bit), while Patrick is [[WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer Dora's map]].
** Swedish dub:
*** Singer Pernilla Wahlgren does all the speaking roles of the main female characters (Sandy, Pearl, Mrs. Puff and Karen) as well as many, and I mean [[ManOfAThousandVoices many]] additional voices. The only female character we know for sure who isn't voiced by her is Princess Mindy in TheMovie.
*** Funny enough, very talented singer Tommy Nilsson who competed for Sweden in EurovisionSongContest 1989, voices [[TooDumbToLive Patrick]] of all people.
*** Also, Swedish Spongebob is [[WesternAnimation/BrandyAndMrWhiskers Mr. Whiskers]], [[WesternAnimation/PussInBoots Humpty Dumpty]] and [[WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife Filburt]].
*** Squidward is [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Quasimodo]], [[WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog Courage]] and [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Big Macintosh.]]
*** To add to this list, Plankton is [[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog Dr. Robotnik]], [[Anime/SonicX Knuckles the Echidna]] and [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Brock.]]
2nd Apr '16 1:59:28 PM MilanP.
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** The infamous TVMovie "Atlantis Squarepantis" was originally intended to be an 11-minute Spongebob and Patrick episode, [[ExecutiveMeddling until Nickelodeon asked the team to turn it a TV Movie about going to Atlantis, which would explain the rushed quality of the "film".]]
21st Mar '16 5:02:26 PM nombretomado
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* RecycledScript: A few old episodes of the show seem to have recycled plots from other Nicktoons. "Toy Store of Doom", for example, has essentially the same plot as the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode "Toy Palace" (they get locked in a closed toy store and are afraid the toys will attack them), while "Banned in Bikini Bottom" (Krabby Patties are outlawed and Mr. Krabs starts selling them at [=SpongeBob=]'s house secretly) is similar to the CatDog episode "Just Say [=CatDog=] Sent You".

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* RecycledScript: A few old episodes of the show seem to have recycled plots from other Nicktoons. "Toy Store of Doom", for example, has essentially the same plot as the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode "Toy Palace" (they get locked in a closed toy store and are afraid the toys will attack them), while "Banned in Bikini Bottom" (Krabby Patties are outlawed and Mr. Krabs starts selling them at [=SpongeBob=]'s house secretly) is similar to the CatDog WesternAnimation/CatDog episode "Just Say [=CatDog=] Sent You".
18th Mar '16 9:16:09 PM Hossmeister
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