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Bob l'éponge

SpongeBob SquarePants



 The creator of Bob L'Eponge, Stephen Hillenburg, really begins to create his character in 1984. By studying marine biology at the Orange County Ocean Institute, he becomes more and more interested in animation and decides to reconcile his two passions with writing a comic strip. Named The InterTidal Zone, it features different anthropomorphic marine animals, who have now become characters from the Bob the sponge series. For his part, Bob was a simple sea of ​​sea in the second plan, not intended to be under the spotlight as it has been since 1999.

The year 1987 marked a turning point for Hillenburg who decided to start from his post to make his debut in animation. In 1992, he studied character design at the California Institute of the Arts and quickly found work in the television series by the name of Grimmy, on which he worked from 1991 to 1993. Shortly after, he produced his own film entitled Wormholes.

In 1995, Joe Murray, creator of Rocko's Modern Life, meeting Hillenburg during an animation festival and offered him the opportunity to animate the series. Hillenburg then joined the animated series of Nickelodeon as a screenwriter, producer and designer of the third season.

Rocko's Modern Life ended in 1991. Hillenburg took advantage of this end to start his work on Bob L'ponge, in the company of former Nickelodeon animators and members of the Rocko series. Originally, Bob the sponge is appointed in original spongeboy version, but this name is already taken, as the team discovers after only 7 minutes of dubbing in the first episode in 1998.

 Nickelodeon believes that the series cannot be broadcast as it is. Hillenburg therefore decides to rename his main character, always with the word "sponge": it will be "bob the sponge" and he chooses "square" as a family name.

The series is broadcast in the United States on Nickelodeon after the broadcast of the twelfth Kids' Choice Awards ceremony. The first episodes are welcome, the big cleaning and chain asphyxiation. The "official" preview of the series was then broadcast on July 17, 1999.

In the first episode, we discover Bob the spongewho tries to find a job In a restaurant that will become very popular, crisp crab. In order to be recruited, the manager Mr. Krabs launches him at the quest for a special spatula. By preparing the meal for anchovy Hungry, Bob the sponge demonstrates its potential and finds itself engaged! This is how the inhabitant of a pineapple located in124 rue des Conques in Bikini Bottom starts itscareer in catering.

In 2000, the popularity of the series increased. The series landed in France on TF1 and Teleteston in 2002 and Canal J and Nickelodeon France in 2003. Originally intended for a childish audience, Bob the sponge appeals to all age categories, especially for adults, which would constitute a third of the public in the series. There are now 13 seasons and more than 527 episodes, a sign of planetary success that still does not run out of steam.

 In parallel, the idea of ​​adapting the adventures of our favorite sponge in a longer format appeared. It is therefore a total of 3 films that have emerged, presenting its adventures from a different angle, with of course a technological advance allowing much more worked renderings.


On November 14, 2004, the very first film in the series was released. A second film, Bob the in the towel, the film: a hero leaves the water, released on January 28, 2015, then a third film is scheduled, initially for July 29, 2020 in the cinema, but because of Covid's pandemic -19, its output will only be done on Netflix.


Bob the sponge, the film (2004)

Produced by Stephen Hillenburg, this first film tells the story of Plankton which develops a ploy in order to ridicule its competitor Mr. Krabs By stealing the crown of King Neptune And by passing Mr. Krabs as guilty. Bob the sponge and Patrick Then go in search of the crown at Shell City to allow Mr. Krabs to escape the anger of Neptune.


Bob is in the towel, the film: a hero comes out of the water (2015)

Released 11 years after his predecessor, this film mixing animation and real shots is now produced by Paul Tibbitt. We discover the adventures of Bob and his friends who will have to face the theft of the recipe for crab pâté by the barbaric steak pirate and his seagulls! The team will then unite against the threat (with the help of Plankton) and land in the real world!


Bob the sponge, the film: Troubled water sponge (2020)

 As a latest film of the adventures of Bob the sponge, Tim Hill is on order this film. We discover here that Gary the snail was kidnapped. Bob then decides to embark Patrick in an adventure towards the lost city of Atlantic City in order to find him. Through this mission of all dangers, Bob the in the towel and his team will discover that nothing is stronger than the power of friendship.



In addition to films, Bob is also entitled to many video games. He is then present on more than 16 different titles and they are twelve to be in his name. For the remaining 4, he appears to be a character playable in the Nickelodeon Kart Racers and Nicktoons Racing next to other stars such as Ninja turtles, Razmoket, Led ...


The first in date was released on March 15, 2001 and it is called Bob the sponge: Legend of the Lost Spatula. The platform game developed by Vicarious Visions was only playable on Game Boy Color.

 Following his success, it isBob the sponge: Squarepants Who took over at the end of 2001, available on Game Boy Advance and PlayStation.

 As early as 2003, the world of Bob is now open and it is possible to discover it in a 3D version calledBob the sponge: The Battle of Bikini Bottom. Available on Game Boy, PlayStation 2 and PC, he marks a turning point in the history of the franchise.

17 years later, the game is experiencing a major refreshment while retaining the same name. Developed by Purple Lamp, it is now available on all new generations platforms.

We are now waiting for a new opus named afterSpongebob Squarepants: The Cosmic Shake, scheduled for January 2023.


Now let's move on to the most interesting, the adaptation of Bob in figurines. There is something for every taste !

At the house of Medicom Toy, there are two models in 400% + 100% and 1000% which were victims of their successes ... True to the original, they still have room in this article!



 On the side of Super7, we find the Reaction range which offers Bob and its acolyte Patrick in various situations. With a first "Wave 1", we are now entitled to an ever more crazy second collection!


SpongeBob Squarepants: Spongebob and Patrick 


Kah-rah-tay spongebob



Band Geeks SpongeBob


At Popmart, a brand specializing in "blind boxes", we also find the sponge in unit versions that lead us to make it a great collection!

This cute universe meets that of "The Monsters", which is at the origin of the Labu figurines. Here we have the right to no less than 12 different designs here (including a secret), representing the flagship characters of the series.



 Spongebob X The Monsters


Finally, the XXRAY collection signed Mighty Jaxx and Jason Freeny takes up all the same Internet in dissected versions. A signature specific to the manufacturer with a total of 9 models, including 3 secrets. Available in blind boxes, the XXRAY will never stop surprising you!


Dissectible hidden


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