Submitted for the What If Challenge 11/10/2013
Assignment: If you had your own personal stealth mode spy drone with unlimited range, how would you use it? Parents, would you spy on your kids at school? Would you spy on your significant other? Would you send it to Roswell and see if you could spot any aliens at the government facility?
I don’t think I would be interested in spying on something serious and maybe I am better off not knowing what goes on out of sight. The one thing I often say is that I would have loved to been a fly on the wall when ………… fill in the blank.
One example of this is when I watch the cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants. The show is very funny and has so many quirky segments that I think are not just for children. Can you imagine being in the room when Stepen Hillenberg pitched the concept of the show to Nickelodeon?
Hillenburg was a marine biology teacher at what is now the Orange County Ocean Institute. He worked as a marine biologist from 1984–1987. In 1987 Hillenburg decided to pursue a career in animation, his second lifelong passion. He made several short films, two of which were awarded and played in animation film festivals internationally. His two short films The Green Beret (1991) (which was featured in an episode of “Liquid Television”; MTV misspelled his name “Hillenberg” in the credits) and Wormholes (1992) became popular shorts in several film festivals — and received various awards.
In 1996, Hillenburg pitched the show to Nickelodeon, using an aquarium, character models, a theme song and the storyboard that would become the pilot episode “Help Wanted”. To voice the main character of SpongeBob, Hillenburg approached Tom Kenny, who had worked with him on Rocko’s Modern Life. Originally, SpongeBob was to be named SpongeBoy, but after voice acting for the original seven-minute pilot was recorded in 1997, the Nickelodeon legal department discovered that the name was already in use for a mop product. Upon finding this out, Hillenburg decided to use the name “SpongeBob”, as he believed the character’s given name still had to contain “Sponge” so that viewers would not mistake him for a “Cheese Man”. Hillenburg chose “SquarePants” as a family name as it referred to the character’s square shape and “had a nice ring to it.”