The director Stephen Hillenburg died at the age of 57 . Below is all you want to know, and more!
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Marine biologist, writer, and director best known for creating the highly popular Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants.
He married Karen Hillenburg and they had a son named Clay together.
“The main thing about SpongeBob is that he celebrates innocence. His outlook on life is very optimistic and earnest, and I think kids relate to that. He has a creative spark in the same way children are very creative from an open and naive perspective.” (Stephen Hillenburg)
“I pitched the idea that SpongeBob and Patrick learn a swearword. Everyone said no. I couldn’t even use a bleep. So I used a dolphin sound instead.” (Stephen Hillenburg)
“On TV, it is more efficient to use voice-over people because it is really hard to get celebrity voices to recur in a series.” (Stephen Hillenburg)
“Generally, we try not to write down to kids. We really just try to write a visual, character-driven cartoon that has a lot of slapstick and really appeals to us. I guess we are just lucky that other adults find that amusing, too.” (Stephen Hillenburg)
“For me personally, snorkeling in a cove in Hawaii, floating along, and looking at all the animals and the colors – I mean, that’s pretty peaceful.” (Stephen Hillenburg)