SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. SpongeBob was originally named SpongeBoy. However, that name was already trademarked. So 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. Today we know this cartoon not only as one of the most popular animated series but also as a part of internet culture. There are many relatable and funny moments from the SpongeBob’s series were reinvented as viral memes. To remember its popularity on the internet Nickelodeon lately released meme-inspired figures.
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In 2018, so many SpongeBob fans were shattered by the news of the creator’s death. Stephen McDannell Hillenburg was an American animator, voice actor, and marine biologist. He passed away at the age of 57 on November 26, 2018. His death was due to motor neuron disease (also known as ALS) — a condition he had been diagnosed within March 2017. In order to remember his talents, there are so many internet users who started sharing their favorite memes. A lot of artists joined in with their drawings as a tribute to the cartoonist.
This year marks the anniversary of SpongeBob Squarepants and Nickelodeon didn’t forget to honor this important date. The company will celebrate the anniversary with “Best Year Ever”- a tribute that will start this July with a one-hour special on TV leading up to a new SpongeBob movie scheduled to hit theaters in summer 2020.
“The tiny residents of Bikini Bottom have held the world’s attention for a remarkable 20 years and we owe it all to the monumental creator Stephen Hillenburg,” said Nickelodeon’s executive vice president of animation production and development Ramsey Naito.
As part of the celebration, Nickelodeon partnered with Alpha Group to release a brand new line of toys. This line contains “Masterpiece Meme” vinyl figures, bringing to life fan-favorite viral memes which include Mocking SpongeBob, Imaginaaation SpongeBob, Surprised Patrick, SpongeGar and Handsome Squidward.
The toys are available on Amazon for around $22. Grab yours to celebrate the iconic cartoon!
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