Stephen Hillenburg He was a lover of the bottom of the sea -before animator was a marine biologist- who had grown up believing that another world was possible. In fact, he had grown up believing that it could be in his power to stop time on one of the Saturday mornings of his childhood, in which he did nothing but see cartoons with which his parents too often enjoyed. The franchise Looney Tunes, in whose spirit he was inspired to create the endearing, innocent and fighter SpongeBob, the losing cook who never loses, always had the vocation to make the whole family laugh.
He got it by adding to the white humor of Bugs Bunny part of the malice and the sorrow loser of his other child hero: Roger Rabbit. He moved the innocence of the rabbit that just wanted to laugh and had to deal with the absorbing and aligning and too adult mechanics of the world of cinema (work) and a marriage doomed to failure (the not always pleasant social life) to its creation, and the thing worked. sponge Bob It did not take long to go from low budget series to mass phenomenon, opening the ban to what would come later: all that fascinating intelligent animated television for children (and adults) that, somehow, opened (in 1999).
We are thinking of Gravity Falls (2008), in Adventure Time (2010), in The amazing world of Gumball (2012) and in Star against the forces of evil (2015). Children's series that would not exist without the success of sponge Bob. Why? They are author works, extremely funny, not designed to keep busy and entertained, or who knows what, to children (remember Caillou, Dora the explorer, the soporific Mickey Mouse House?), but treats them as extremely intelligent adults who are encouraged to laugh at themselves. He found the secret formula of his particular cangreburguer, and he did not keep it to himself. Percebes, how much are we going to miss you, Mr. Hillenburg.