Spongebob - The Eternal Meme: Here's How Squarepants Predicted Meme Culture
People grew to love the little deep-sea Sponge that received a great audience as Hey Arnold, Pinky and the Brain, and Rugrats to name a few. Those shows had their own distinctive style, but none matched the quality of the Sponge and didn't seem to last as long as the favorite yellow pants Sponge and his ocean-dwelling friends. We certainly loved this character and the wonderful world he swept us into. We can truly believe he started the meme culture!
Spongebob was created in 1984, so many of us remember watching this delightful show. He certainly was a legendary little persona and made us feel like kids again. This was considered the Golden Age of small cartoons. Its really enjoyable and has some witty humor as well. It is rumored to be a highly influential cartoon though, and when it first aired in 1999, these cartoons were classed as unique. So, why is he such an awesome meme? Let's take a look!
What makes this sponge so lovable?
When you read the synopsis of the story behind this adventurous Sponge in the show, you'll see that each character has his or her own backstory. When taking a more in-depth look into the meaning behind the innocent cartoon, there appear to be hints of subliminal messages which are meant to target the kids that are watching.
While some might say Spongebob shaped many children, he was not necessarily goofier or more original than the other shows. One of the main things this cartoon did right was operated on an entirely different level in the industry and became one of the rare creations.
Shows are typically written more repetitively, but that's what makes this show super extraordinary; they tie each episode with the next so that there is a continuous flow. So, perhaps we should take a closer look at this lead cartooned sponge. Firstly, he is a sponge who wears square pants.
This little pineapple dweller comes with his fair share of weaknesses, and one of them is that he is easily distracted. Spongebob's strengths are both that of caring and hardworking qualities. This means, what you see on the screen is what you get — nothing more, nothing less. This silly little Sponge definitely stole our hearts.
Not too much of an excitable sponge
He can be rather bland and appear dumb because he says little to nothing, and this is no doubt one of the aspects that added the influential tendencies the show has.
Spongebob has his doubt
Another thing that makes the Sponge so accessible is that he never shows any signs of uncertainty and is extremely enthusiastic with a go-getter attitude. We know that Patrick is SpongeBob's best friend, and the starfish has many insecurities.
Squidward Tentacles dealt with his own bitterness and is slightly negative, while Mr. Krabs had to face his greedy personality. These are only a few of the characters, and they create a pretty chaotic world for the sponge. Despite these distractions, he stayed positive and true to his intentions.
He was also dedicated entirely to the Krusty Krab and his job. When it came to being a little entrepreneur, this part of the story opens up to tell the viewer a bit more. It certainly gave way for more humor and added for actions without hesitation.
The first two shows are merely beneficial for the sake of the story, but the third is what adds the spice. So, how is this influential in any way, you ask? It suggested that the kid thinks on a different level of thought. When we are kids, we simply play with our toys, and when we mess up, we just acknowledge it and move on without a second thought.
This is what children relate to and the fact that the sponge accepts himself for what he is. Stephen Hillenburg does not concentrate on story arc or character development, or even the complexity of the plot. He merely throws Spongebob and his friends into various situations and let the story write itself.
When it comes to the episode with the magical imaginary box, this certainly captured the viewers. The message sent across was genuine and that it showed a happiness that could not be forced.
Those wonderful memories are made when you let go and just act the way you truly are in your surroundings. Basically, "imagination" is the crucial message to getting what you want out of life. Never lose that childhood dream and enthusiasm.
Did you know that Spongebob started the meme craze?
Spongebob was indeed the perfect little comedic cartoon for kids because it maintained that farcical balance and intelligence. Even if you have not seen the show after a decade, you'll notice the humor line-for-line. One could also say that Spongebob is an adult of various levels.
He includes moral lessons in his activities which teach kids some facts of life. The majority of kids shows are poorly written and incredibly dull. When you watch these shows, they usually just appear to have randomly funny incidences or dialogue, but that's not the whole case with this sponge.
They've mostly aimed the essential bits at adults, as those are the people who need to sit with their kids for hours on end. So, not only can children enjoy the show, adults can appreciate the adult-targeted humor and wittiness. Jokes range from political movements to a set of goals that need to be accomplished.
People actually start believing Spongebob's jokes at one point because he fails hopelessly at explaining to them that it's only a joke. If you look carefully and listen to the dialogue, there may be hidden allegories for social anxiety or something to the effect that children have to grow up and never retain their innocence.
So, making shorter life-lesson stories, this would ensure a more significant impact on our lives and anything else that our little yellow guy makes iconic and memorable. Because of the absurd humor in the first season, our culture literally built an idea around the resurrected jokes shared in the program, and it grew like a tidal wave.
The first wave was where people laughed at the viral clips or images that resembled standalone basis jokes. The second wave was meant for people to re-appropriated and saturated some elements about the original. The third is where the trick is one can recognize the punchline that implies to the joke itself.
These eventually led up to The Ellen Show where she discussed the circular pattern of humor and how it impacted our diverse cultures. The strange thing is that some people have even gone out of their way to becoming living memes, and their faces and personalities have wholly intertwined with the latest jokes that they feel the urgency to take part in this craze.
A cautionary tale titled Ripped Pants have certainly aged, and that's one of the most iconic and recognizable episodes that aired before the start of the new millennium. Tom Kenny has stated that it's possibly one of the best stories that the team has ever put out and it's once again classed as one of the old stories that have a secret that needs to be dug out.
Jokes do, however, have their sell-by dates, and when using them continuously, they lose their spark. Graham Daniel uses one that only a few people know about until eventually everyone catches on and ruins it. For example, he tries to get muscular and strong by lifting weights in the attempt to impress Sandy.
Spongebob suffers a wardrobe disaster, and his pants ripped in the center. This little accident soon spreads around Bikini Bottom, and he is downtrodden and ridiculed by the residents in the town. Sadly, people no longer see the bright, cheerful sponge he used to be; they merely see a lowlife who tries to piggyback off other people's fun.
He certainly was the funniest guy on the beach. So, being the smart sponge he was, he created an awkward moment just to reenact his embarrassing moment and look cool in the process changing him into a funny, heroic sort of person and diverting the negative remarks.
His first big mistake is when he started showing off and showed Sandy how amazing he was. None of these jokes were actually funny, and the fact that it was brought back a few times seriously put a damper on things. There were certain boundaries that were overstepped.
So, all the jokes and memes were actually a way to include the insider humor that only related to Spongebob. Outside of telling the same joke over, the team has created something artistic that actually combines hard work and practical thought. These memes show that the sponge has indeed got a personality.
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The end has finally arrived
The creator of the long-running hit Nickelodeon show, SpongeBob SquarePants has sadly passed away. The network announced news of Stephen Hillenburg's passing in May of this year. He was 57 at the moment, and this surely leaves an undeniable legacy for both adults and kids alike. The network stated:
“We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS. He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family."
They then added:
“Steve imbued SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere. His utterly original characters and the world of Bikini Bottom will long stand as a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship and the limitless power of imagination.”
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