Good night, Stephen Hillenburg

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SpongeBob SquarePants is a childhood memory of countless people. On the local time November 27th, the creator of SpongeBob died. Maybe he didn’t leave, just went to the pineapple room on the bottom of the sea, went to the underwater world he built himself… Good night, Stephen Hillenburg.

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Hillenburg died from ALS at age of 57, nearly 20 years after SpongeBob SquarePants premiered. Heartbroken fans are fondly reminiscing about Hillenburg’s influence on them personally and the animation world as a whole.


The news of Stephen’s departure quickly triggered memories and mourning from countless netizens.

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The birth of the SpongeBob begins with the collision of Stenphen’s love of the ocean and creative inspiration. He loved the ocean since he was a child. After graduating in 1984, he entered an ocean research institute and is committed to popularizing marine science and marine history for the public. Teaching knowledge about the ocean to the children also furthers Stephen’s love for the ocean. Although he is doing science work, he has a unique creative passion. He used his free time of work to draw some life of a marine animal, and used comics to let the children who are visiting better understand the ocean. Many of the creatures in this book became the predecessor of the role of the SpongeBob SquarePants.

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At that time, the publisher he contacted was not willing to issue his work. Stephen truly takes his creative love as the main axis of life, after returning to study and studying for a master’s degree in art. His graduation work, Wormhole, was appreciated by Joe Murray of Nick’s Children’s Channel at the time, and he got his first job to develop his creative talents. 

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From joining other people’s drama creations to being the producer and creative director of the film, Stephen showed his true talent. But others are not his own, even if ability is high, he still can’t play in the imaginary world of his own creation. After colleagues had seen his early science comics and encouraged him to make his own series, Stephen decided to do it. After that, the characters we are familiar with started their own stories on the unreasonable bottom of the sea.

SpongeBob SquarePants stepped onto the stage in 1999 and quickly swept the United States, which in turn affected worldwide, now left its creator….

His story may continue under the creation of others, but Stephen, who brought us joy, hastily ended his own story.