Why is Spongebob so Loved by Our Generation?

Why is Spongebob so Loved by Our Generation?

Makayla Rayis, Writer

Spongebob Squarepants is a classic cartoon that’s been airing for over 20 years. It takes place in Bikini Bottom and shows the adventure of Spongebob Squarepants The main characters Spongebob, Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krab’s, Sandy Cheeks, Gary, and Plankton, have been loved by many over the years. Their humor and jokes have found a way to make children and adults enjoy watching. Their ability to connect with audiences of all ages is amazing. Even today, it continues to entertain its audience around the world today.

Spongebob isn’t just a cartoon, but it is also had a huge impact on our culture in society. On the internet, you can find memes, merch, and action figures all over. It even has produced three movies; ‘The Spongebob Squarepants Movie’, ‘The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water’, and ‘The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run’. The first movie released in 2004 was an absolute classic that is still watched today. In this movie, Spongebob and Patrick go on a quest to clear Mr. Krab’s name, who was framed of stealing the crown from King Neptune. The Spongebob movie returns in 2015 with their second movie. In the movie, when the secret formula is stolen, Spongebob and his friends join forces with their enemy Plankton to to find it. And in the final movie that was released in 2020, when SpongeBob’s pet snail Gary  goes missing and taken by Kind Poseidon, Spongebob and his gang go on this journey to get him back. These movies were very special, especially after the death of the director of the first movie, Stephen Hillenburg. Even though he is gone, his show that made everyone laugh so much lives on forever in memory of him.

One thing people love about this show is the silly and catch music. Even though they are goody, they are also catchy. The top songs according to screenrant.com are Sweet Victory, The Very First Christmas, F.U.N., This Grill Is Not a Home, Gary’s Song, Goofy Goober Rock, When Worlds Collide, The Campfire Song Song, Now that We’re Men, and Doing the Sponge. Spongebob has also tackled a wide range of merchandise all over. There are t-shirts, toys, video games, and even theme park attractions.

Something that Spongebob does a great job of is making relatable characters and tackle serious subjects. The characters always face challenges and obstacles, but in the end, they manage to come out on top. The characters show emotion, even though many might not notice it. For example, we see in an episode Gary runs away and Spongebob is heartbroken throughout the episode until he finds him again. Another example is how miserable Squidward is all the time and constantly shows it. People may not notice the messages, but they are definitely there. And although it is covered up with humor, it is still great they include it.

I asked some others what their favorite episodes were and why:

“I loved the episode where Pearl goes to prom with Spongebob because I thought it was really funny, also I love the first movie with the Patty mobile.” -Kathryn Old

“My favorite episode is the Christmas episode where Plankton tries to get everyone on the naughty list. I also thought the doodlebob episode was really funny.” -Adrianna Lach

“I really like the Spongebob movie is my favorite and I am a big fan of shell city. I think the humor really appeals to our generation and everyone should watch it.” -Ellie Snodgrass

“I like the episode where Sandy has to hibernate and they wake her up on accident, it made me laugh a lot.” -Ryenne Ashworth

“I really liked the Christmas episode, it was really entertaining.” -Meredith Benedict

“Literally the number one episode ever made for Spongebob was the suds episode where his whole house freezes over.” -Madison Singer

“I dont have one there are too many to pick from.” -Mackenzie Patenaude

“My favorite episode was the krusty krab pizza one where Spongebob and Squidward deliver the pizza. I think it’s a classic that is still posted on social media to this day. I like the adventure of it and it was different from other episodes.” -Milana Jabbouri

“My favorite episode is the ice one where Spongebob gets the suds.” -Carter Southern

“My favorite episode is the one where there was a bubble buddy, I thought it was hilarious.” -Alex Nicaj

Personally my favorite episode is when they become a band and perform at the football halftime show against Squidward’s rival, Squilliam Fancyson. The song sweet victory in this episode is one of my favorite from the show.