‘SpongeBob Squarepants’ Creator Stephen Hillenburg Dies at 57
Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the megahit Nickelodeon cartoon series “SpongeBob SquarePants,” died on Monday. He was 57.
The cause of death was ALS, which Hillenburg revealed he had been diagnosed with in March of last year.
In the 1970s, American TV animation was so bad that Chuck McCann called it “illustrated radio.” It seemed like the art was in its death throes.
So it was very surprising to see a rebirth of American TV animation on cable TV that was not only better but so hilariously weird that it set a new standard for everyone.
SpongeBob Squarepants was part of that new wave.
Rest in peace, creator Hillenburg. And thank you.
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