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Stephen Hillenburg, who created SpongeBob SquarePants, he has died at 57. After leaving a yellow sponge who lived in pineapple and seabirds, the Nickelodeon television program was very popular with children and adults over runs almost 20 years.
Nickelodeon said Tuesday that Hillenburg died from ALS, an advanced neurodegenerative disease.
"Steve was complaining SpongeBob SquarePants A humorous and innocent sense of breath that gave birth to the generations of children and families everywhere, "said Nickelodeon in a statement." His characters are completely fundamental and the Bikini Bottom world will stand all the time in memory of the value of hope, friendship and imaginative power without end. "
The Bikini Bottom underwater world, where the action is happening, is a show the deepest interest of Hillenburg in the life of the sea. SpongeBob is surrounded by a star, eight pies, a raspberry and pufferfish, to name a few.
Hillenburg, a native of Oklahoma, started his career professor at Marine Department Orange Institute in Dana Point, Calif. He then changed gears to focus on animation, and # 39; graduated at the Arts Institute of California and worked on the Nickelodeon series New Rocko Life for about four years in the mid-1990s.
Nickelodeon had a biography of marine biology and animation to create SpongeBob SquarePantsSouth Westerly
In the 2015 interview with the channel, Hillenburg said there was a writer New Rocko Life he saw the humorous pictures of marine creatures.
"He began to think, if I'm going to make a look, I do that about those invertebrates and those wonderful animals in the harbor, and that it would be an equality of what I did, "he said." That is what I said, perhaps I should follow this , you know, go down this way. "
The show was not first seen as a folded hit. On its 10th anniversary in 2009, Brown Johnson, then vice president of Nickelodeon, told Elizabeth NPR Elizabeth Blair about early dialogue at the channel.
"Nickelodeon's special parts of the business were like Oh, no. It's not successful. It's about a sponge. What's that? It's yellow. That's badly bad," she said.
Now, the exhibition has been running since 1999. There are two films – 2004 & # 39; s The Movie SpongeBob SquarePants and 2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water – and Broadway presentation.
And he has a deep global reach. According to Nickelodeon, it was translated into more than 60 languages. Images of the beautiful golden sponge are seen all over the world.
In an interview in 2004 with Fresh Air, Tom Kenny, a long-term voice of SpongeBob, describing the dynamic style of Hillenburg in the studio.
"Hilneburg is the name of Kahuna and, often, everything is all the voice of everything, and the neonets will look at his mind. And then he will take away You want to go and go, `You know, it's not exactly where it's going. Give it just where it's a funny feeling, 'said Kenny.
As he did, some of the days working on the show were like doing maths – other days, jazz.
Earlier this year, Kenny praised Hillenburg as long as he was going to. donated at Emmy Awards at the dayHe postponed the broad and consistent application of the exhibition: "I fell in love immediately and it seems that some of the rest of the people have done too."