He also began developing his artistic abilities at a young age.Although these two interests would not overlap with each other for a long time—the idea of drawing fish seemed boring to him—Hillenburg pursued both during college, receiving a major in marine biology and a minor in art.
Sponge Bob was originally going to be named Sponge Boy, and the series was to be called Sponge Boy Ahoy!
, but both of these were changed, as the name was already trademarked.
Nickelodeon held a preview for the series in the United States on May 1, 1999, following the television airing of the 1999 Kids' Choice Awards. It has received worldwide critical acclaim since its premiere and gained enormous popularity by its second season.
A feature film, The Sponge Bob Square Pants Movie, was released in theaters on November 19, 2004, and a sequel was released on February 6, 2015.
Despite his mental setbacks, Patrick still sees himself as intelligent.
Squidward is an arrogant and ill-tempered octopus who lives in an Easter Island moai and dislikes his neighbors (especially Sponge Bob and Patrick) due to their childish nature.
The series revolves around its title character and his various friends.
Sponge Bob Square Pants is an energetic and optimistic sea sponge (although his appearance more closely resembles a kitchen sponge) who lives in a submerged pineapple and loves his job as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab. Living two houses down from Sponge Bob is his best friend Patrick Star, a dim-witted yet friendly pink starfish who lives under a rock.
In 2015, Tom Kenny confirmed that the fictitious city was named after Bikini Atoll, but denied an Internet fan theory that connected the series' characters to actual nuclear testing that occurred in the atoll.
The citizens live in mostly aquatic-themed buildings and use "boatmobiles", amalgamations of cars and boats, as a mode of transportation.
Most double-length episodes of the show are hosted by a live action pirate named Patchy and his pet parrot Potty, whose segments are presented in a dual narrative with the animated stories.