Spongebob Squarepants is a humorous fifteen to thirty-minute cartoon that airs on Nickelodeon. Spongebob was created by an ex marine biologist, Stephen Hillenberg. It has been around for several seasons and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere just yet. This cartoon is appropriate for children of all ages and ranks high on my list of favorites.
This cartoon is set in the fictional town of Bikini Bottom. It is a place at the bottom of the sea. Various animals have made their home in different types of structures there. Bikini Bottom is a small simple town where even the most unlikely situations tend to arise.
The main character is Spongebob. He is a yellow sponge that wears pants, a dress shirt and a tie. He lives in a pineapple and has a pet snail named Gary. Spongebob is the life of the party. He is a big kid at heart. He loves to laugh, play and have fun. One of his favorite past times is fishing for jellyfish in Jellyfish Fields.
Spongebob’s neighbors are interesting to the say the least. Squidward Tentacles, a badly drawn octopus, lives in a stone face shaped house on the right of Spongebob. Squidward is a dreamer. He wishes for a better life and fancy living. He loves art and culture. He thinks Spongebob is annoying and childish.
Directly beside Squidward, is Patrick Star. Patrick is a big pink starfish that lives under a rock. He is far from the brightest bulb on the show. His ignorance makes things even funnier. His views are incredibly lighthearted and fun.
Both Squidward and Spongebob work at the Crusty Crab. It is the local fast food place, owned my Mr. Crabs. He is the type of man that is so tight he should squeak when he walks. Mr. Crabs is cheap when it comes to spending money. He works Spongebob as often as he can, without paying him anymore.
Of course, Spongebob doesn’t mind. As far as he is concerned, he has the best job in the world. He is very proud of his duties as a fry cook and displays his spatula proudly. It is almost disturbing yet refreshing how much this little sponge enjoys his job.
There are many memorable characters on this show that makes things even more interesting. Sandy Squirrel is a butt-kicking girl from Texas who lives in an air dome. Mrs. Puff is the boating school instructor that wants nothing more than for Spongebob to pass her class and leave her alone. Plankton is a small type of ameba who is bent on world and hamburger domination. He is the owner of The Chum Bucket, a rival restaurant.
The great thing about this show is the relaxing atmosphere. Things are always fun and laid back. No episode ever ends on a bad note. Spongebob’s trademark annoying laugh is usually heard as is his catch phrase, “I’m ready.”
When I first watched Spongebob, I was very unimpressed. I am glad I watched a second episode, though, because from that point on I was hooked. Now days, I have a shrine to this great cartoon in my home. It is simple and simple is good. There is no way I can do justice to the show with mere words. I recommend that anyone, who has never seen it, watch at least two shows. The next thing you know, you will be setting your VCR to record so you never miss a single show.