“Are ya ready, kids?!”
Every child of the 90’s and beyond can likely finish the entire theme song of SpongeBob SquarePants by memory. There’s no denying Stephen Hillenburg, who died Nov. 26 at the age of 57 from ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), has made an impact on pop culture. The beloved cartoon of his creation has aired on Nickelodeon since 1999 and spawned movies, video games, and even a Broadway musical. According to CNN, the show has aired in 200 countries and been translated into more than 50 languages. It has also won many awards during its run, including four Emmys.
A few writers on the Geeks Under Grace staff wanted to share some of their fondest memories of the Bikini Bottom crew with our readers in honor of an animator gone far too soon.
Lexi Tucker, Editor-in-Chief
SpongeBob will always hold a special place in my heart for multiple reasons. My younger brother Adam and I would watch it every day before walking to school together, and to this day still quote memorable lines to each other randomly. My boyfriend Ryan and I, now in our mid-twenties, will turn on Amazon Prime to watch a few classic episodes to kill time or just have something on in the background. My high school friend Kassandra and I used to scream “Gold Team RULES” at each other across the classroom in our Environmental Science AP class just to make each other laugh.
Spongebob memes have seemingly taken over the internet, and are used to express a myriad of emotions, from sleeping Squidward to mocking SpongeBob and savage Patrick. There’s little doubt in my mind these have encouraged a newer generation to check the show out and made them laugh in a time when the world seems even more absurd than when that campfire stayed lit underwater (because why not?).
Sometimes we all just need a laugh, and I believe Hillenburg understood this better than anyone. The show never took itself seriously, and sometimes that’s what we need to decompress after a long day of “adulting”.
(For the record, the best episode will always be Chocolate with Nuts, which my mom and I still quote.)