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SpongeBob Squarepants history can be started in 1993 when the film Rocko's Modern Life first aired. One producer Stephen Hillenburg, a cartoon worker / marine biologist who loved cartoons. When Rocko's Modern Life was canceled in 1996, he began working on SpongeBob Squarepants (although some sketches already made in 1986). He teamed up with creative director Derek Drymon, who has worked on shows such as Doug, Action League Now!, And Hey Arnold!.
Drymon had worked with Hillenburg on Rocko's Modern Life movie, as did dalamm SpongeBob Squarepants, including writer Tim Hill and voice actors Tom Kenny and Doug Lawrence. Crew other Nickelodeon cartoons in the previous film is the story of a former editor of Angry Beavers Merriwether Williams, who had worked previously on Nickelodeon and switched to SpongeBob Squarepants in July 1999.
Production Hillenburg SpongeBobs done by giving the concept of short comics with the same style in the previous film, but the characters looked different. SpongeBob Squarepants formerly SpongeBoy, and used to wear a red hat with a green base and pants with a white shirt with a tie. The name "SpongeBoy" did not make it into a movie since the name was already established earlier by Bob Burden, creator of Flaming Carrot. Hillenburg later chose the alternative name "SpongeBob." Surname never referenced in the show by Mr. Krabs' line, "SpongeBoy, I'm Bob!." Krusty Krab was originally spelled with the letter C, not K, but Stephen Hillenburg thought K's was hilarious
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Rise to popularity (1999-2000)
On May 1, 1999, SpongeBob Squarepants aired its first episode, "Help Wanted / Reef Blower / Tea at the Treedome", after the 1999 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. At this time, Rugrats was at the peak of its popularity and has produced more due to budget a small cartoon. SpongeBob Squarepants, with generally lower-class animation and humor style more rooted in clever puns and cultural references are not like toilet humor that made Rugrats so popular, is expected to be just one of those other shows. After an initial struggle, with ratings soared, and a year after its release, it surpassed Rugrats as Nickelodeon's highest rated show. SpongeBob's signature voice (provided by Tom Kenny) and humorous style fun for both younger and older audiences.
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The peak years (2000-2003)
The show started its second season in 2000 with higher quality animation and even more popular episodes. At that time it was clear to the world that SpongeBob Squarepants has opened the door to many other cartoons to use more "adult" sense of humor and come from smaller companies. In 2001, The Fairly OddParents aired from the then-small Frederator company. It focuses on a sense of humor similar to SpongeBob's, only more realistic, a bit crazy (and more suggestive to "adult" topics), and with more pop culture references; event was a hit and now ranks behind SpongeBob Squarepants as Nick the second most popular show.
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In the same year, Invader Zim aired, created by comic book writer Jhonen Vasquez;'s dark but silly sense of humor (similar to Vasquez with other comic books) that managed to attract a very loyal cult following consisting more of teens and adults than younger children (although it also contains a moderate amount of preteens). SpongeBob Squarepants, however, is the leader of all this and have shown at this time start now famous line of merchandise.
2002 also saw the bright side, as the first part of that year saw SpongeBob Squarepants at its peak. Beginning the third season produced many classic episodes and focused on the same style and animation concepts. Another year also saw a low budget show with popularity (The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius), but things changed at the end of the year. Since the rumors of a movie, there is high speculation that the show would be canceled and that will feature 2003/2004 season last new episode.
Fans were devastated and online petitions were widely distributed to convince Nickelodeon to produce more episodes by showing fan support continues. SpongeBob Squarepants Meets The Strangler / Pranks A Lot "is the last episode of this season, and was broadcast in October 2004. Thereafter, the film was released in November of that year.