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In the animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants, SpongeBob SquarePants is one of the main fictional characters. First appeared on television in the series' pilot episode Help Wanted on May 1, 1999, and he is voiced by Tom Kenny.
Shortly after the cancellation of Rocko's Modern Life in 1996, SpongeBob was created and designed by cartoonist Stephen Hillenburg. Hillenburg planned to create a series about an over optimistic sponge that irritates other characters.
Hillenburg compared the idea to Pee wee Herman and Laurel and Hardy. He decided that a squeaky clean square (kitchen sponge), as he drew the character, fits the idea. The host of Hillenburg's comic strip, The Intertidal Zone that he originally drew in 1989 while studying at the California Institute of Arts, is where his name is derived from Bob the Sponge.
SpongeBob is a goofy and naïve sea sponge who works as a fry cook in the fictional underwater town of Bikini Bottom.
Though he has been involved in public controversy, SpongeBob is popular with both adults and children. Criticized by James Dobson of Focus on the Family because of the We Are Family Foundation's link to homosexuality, when the character appeared in a video promoting tolerance.
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