A fresh-and-original celebration of positivity, marine biology, & self-love – with a majestic canvas of characterization/voice acting juxtaposing a library of classic cartoons loaded with mature subtext and clever (often-advanced) themes. 8.7/10.
Plot Synopsis: In Bikini Bottom, a square yellow sponge named SpongeBob SquarePants lives in the undersea city in a pineapple with his pet snail, Gary. He works as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab with arrogant octopus Squidward Tentacles and his cheap boss Mr. Krabs, and causes trouble with his starfish best friend, Patrick, in his free time.
*Possible spoilers ahead*
CLC’s Best #Spongebob Episodes: 1. Shanghaied, 2. Graveyard Shift, 3. Krab Borg!, 4. Krusty Krab Training Video, 5. Artist Unknown, 6. One Krab’s Trash, 7. Club Spongebob, 8. As Seen On TV, 9. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, 10. Squid’s Day Off, 11. Procrastination, 12. Nasty Patty, 13. The Camping Episode, 14. Born Again Krabs, 15. Help Wanted, 16. Imitation Krabs, 17. Reef Blowers, 18. Just One Bite, 19. Spongebob’s House Party, 20. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III, 21. Pickles, 22. Just One Bite, 23. Life Of Crime, 24. Mid-Life Crustacean, 25. Clams
A Cartoon Series Debuts On A Dying Network That Would Change The Course Of TV-Animation History
irresistibale celebration of positivity and zesty energy pops on screen vivid characterization absurd. hits right in sweet spot between what adults and kids enjoy for the best of both worlds better than any other cartoon in decades. daffy plots and imaginative environs.
Twenty years ago today, a cartoon series debuted that would have effects far beyond its humble beginnings. It would almost single-handedly keep a network afloat, inspire a feature film and a Broadway musical, sell over $13 billion in merchandise, and spawn countless number of memes. And it started with one of the most ludicrous premises ever: what if a sponge worked at a fast food restaurant?
moral parables and lessons FAR beyond anything else on child\ren’s entertainment. adult.
kooky zany humour absuridty
it’s okay to be yourself im cool each character distinctive personality but all peacefully coexist friends ecosystem. protect oceans made marine biologist who just wanted to get people interested in the sea – how right he was in accomplishing that for generations to come
The Characters & Voice Acting
An Inimitable Chemical Mix Loaded With Subtext and Harmony
The Implosion Of SpongeBob in Quality, Tone, Intellect, Pacing, & Most Of All: Characters After The Spongebob Movie
The show began to change after The Spongebob Squarepants Movie hit theaters. Pre-movie seasons were much more charming with witty dialogue and characters that generally seemed to care about one another.
Modern Spongebob takes a much different approach. Now, I’ll give props to the animation team because it’s come a very long way and they can pull off a lot of cool techniques. HOWEVER, you can’t just rely on cool animation to make a good show. This was pretty much the plot for “Face Freeze” (Season 8). The characters made obscure faces the entire episode. That’s pretty much it. THAT’S LAZY EPISODE WRITING. The timing for the episode seems to be thrown out the window too. So many new episodes end abruptly (almost mid-sentence) so it seems rushed.
Modern Spongebob goes for shock humor & gross out humor, far from the original Spongebob vibe. Dialogue was golden, and the delivery was very fastpaced. Honestly, it was an intelligent show- even some adult jokes were squeezed in. My biggest irritation is the character personality changes:
Mr. Krabs fires Spongebob pretty much for no reason in a recent episode while in earlier ones he fights very hard to keep him and labels him a great fry cook.
Squidward, in my opinion, hasn’t changed too much. He’s still very deadpan, and it fits well. Unfortunately, we see him tormented much more often.
Spongebob & Patrick went through the biggest changes. Comparing the early seasons to the newer ones- Spongebob is almost neurotic in the newer seasons. He knowingly harasses Squidward, he’s much more dumbed down, and spouts nonsense. No one seems to respect him in Bikini Bottom. They view him as a nuisance, and he flat out doesn’t take the hints. He seems to have one emotion: obliviously happy. THEN THERE’S PATRICK. I’m sorry, but I can’t stand Patrick now. Pre-movie Patrick was a lovable dumb ass whose heart was in the right place. He even offered legit advice at times to Spongebob if the titular character seemed confused or needed help. Take a look at modern Patrick. He’s still dumb but much MUCH MUCH more so. He seems to spout random crap (kind of like Cosmo in Fairly Odd Parents) that doesn’t move the plot along. He also speaks MUCH slower to the point where I’m ripping my hair out yelling, “Get on with it, man!” All of Patrick’s kindness is gone too. He gets angry very quickly, and doesn’t care for other Bikini Bottom residents, Spongebob included. Yet they’re still best buds? It just doesn’t add up.
Well, let me put that in perspective.
SpongeBob SquarePants Seasons 1 to 3 aired from 1999 to 2004. Every SB fan called this 5-year run as The Golden Age of SpongeBob. After The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie released in November 2004, Stephen Hillenberg (1961–2018) wanted to end the series legitimately. However, Nickelodeon refused to end the series because (1) SpongeBob became the channel’s official mascot, and (2) Nick wanted to air more SB episodes by extending to the 4th season. Because of that, Hillenberg chose Paul Tibbit to be the series’ showrunner. As fans expected the series to be like the first 3 golden seasons, it failed easily because in reality, the network just let the show jump the shark. The episodes in Season 4 to 9A were mostly written by Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Luke Brookshier, Nate Cash and Richard Pursel (one of the writers of the disgusting Ren and Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon). Obviously Kaz and Mr. Lawrence are always the best writers and storyboard artists in the whole series. Unlike the old two who made the series extremely popular; the writers just made the show just for children instead by removing the spirit of adulthood, flanderized the characters (especially making SB and Pat too childishly retarded and Krabs being greedy), and made the plot too cruel and mean-spirited as hell.
Witty humour, adult tone.
Official CLC Score: 8.7/10