“SpongeBob SquarePants” creator Stephen Hillenburg has died following a battle with ALS, Variety experiences. He was 57 years outdated. “Steve imbued ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere,” Nickelodeon mentioned in a press release, in accordance with Variety. “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.”
Prior to “SpongeBob,” Stephen Hillenburg served as a director for “Rocko’s Modern Life” from 1993 to 1996. “SpongeBob SquarePants” later premiered on Nickelodeon in 1999. The present spawned two characteristic movies—2004’s The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and 2015’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water—and the Tony-winning SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical.
The SpongeBob present and flicks featured authentic music from quite a few notable artists, together with Wilco, the Flaming Lips, Ween, and the Shins, amongst others. Famously, David Bowie voiced Lord Royal Highness within the episode “Atlantis SquarePantis.” SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, which premiered in 2016, additionally included Bowie and Brian Eno’s tune “No Control,” together with tracks written by T.I., Panic! At the Disco, John Legend, and extra.