November 26 was a sad day for many Millennials who grew up watching the hit Nickelodeon show, “Spongebob Squarepants”. Creator, Stephen Hillenburg, passed away due to complications with ALS. Hillenburg was diagnosed with the disease in March of last year. Hillenburg created one of the most iconic children’s cartoons of all time. Spongebob Squarepants was a beloved character that was seen everywhere for nearly 20 years since it’s premiere in May of 1999.
Stephen Hillenburg was an extremely creative and talented man. He actually helped co-create the very popular early 90s show, “Rocko’s Modern Life”. Hillenburg actually studied marine biology in school, which was obviously the basis of the Spongebob Squarepants universe. His loss is definitely felt by the individuals who worked with him, in addition to his family, friends, and thousands of fans who worshipped this show and all that came with it.
Spongebob Squarepants has been said to have changed the face of television. Many episodes lent inspiration to other animated television series. Not to mention, it highly influenced a lot of our own pop culture. I personally remember exactly where I was when the premiere of Spongebob happened, and I will never ever forget the episode of them blowing bubbles, and the dance Spongebob did before he blew some beautiful bubble.