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Biography of Stephen Hillenburg | People Behind SpongeBob


Biography of Stephen Hillenburg - People Behind SpongeBob
Stephen Hillenburg McDannell was born on August 21, 1961 in the United States. He is an animator, writer, producer, actor, voice actor, and director of the United States is most known for making animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. He currently has his own production company, United Plankton Pictures.

He is also the author of Mother Goose and Grimm and Rocko's Modern Life. After graduating from Savanna High School in Anaheim, California, Hillenburg enrolled in Humboldt State University and in 1984 he can be a degree in the planning and interpretation of natural resources, the pressures on the marine resources. In 1992, he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in experimental animation from the Art Institute of California.

Hillenburg became professor of marine biology in what is now Orange County Ocean Institute. He worked as a marine biologist from 1984-1987. In 1987, Hillenburg decided a career in the animation, a second passion for life. He made several short films, two of which are given and played in the international animated film festival. Two short films The Green Beret (1991) and Wormholes (1992) became popular in several film festivals.

While still in school animation, Hillenburg got a job in children's TV series Mother Goose & Grimm from 1991 to 1993. While attending the Art Institute of California, he made a movie called 'Wormholes' (funded by the Princess Grace Foundation). Hillenburg displayed his films at various animation festivals. Joe Murray, the maker of Rocko's Modern Life, met Hillenburg at an animation festival and asked Hillenburg if it will be a director on the show, she agreed. Hillenburg joined the Nickelodeon animated series as a writer, producer, and storyboards. When working on Rocko's Modern Life, Hillenburg friends with Tom Kenny, Doug Lawrence, Martin Olson, Paul Tibbit and several others. He now lives in San Marino, California.

In 1989 at the Art Institute of California, Hillenburg wrote a comic book titled "The Intertidal Zone" about these creatures of the sea. Comic "held" by the sponge, Hillenburg initially drew as a natural sponge but the sponge is converted into a box because it looks funny. He showed it to Martin Olson, a friend and comedy writer who worked on Rocko's Modern Life. Olson loved it and suggested Hillenburg wrote cartoon series that is under the sea. When Rocko's Modern Life ended in 1996, Hillenburg began developing the concept, and in 1997 he collaborated with several former colleagues at "Rocko" to design the background of events and characters.

In 1998, Hillenburg pitched the show to Nickelodeon, use an aquarium, model characters, the theme song and the storyboard will be the pilot episode, "Help Wanted". The main character's name originally was "Sponge, the Boy", but because the name was copyrighted, he turned it into SpongeBob. Hillenburg uses some concepts that have been created for Rocko's Modern Life, SpongeBob. For example he uses live action footage of short excerpts. Nickelodeon executives bought the field and the series began on May 1, 1999, and following episodes began airing on July 17, 1999.

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was released the United States on 19 November 2004. It received generally good reviews from critics and managed to earn more than $ 140 million worldwide. Films are meant to be the end of the series, and creator Hillenburg announced that he would step down and give a letter to Tim Hill. However, in 2005, it was announced that SpongeBob will continue with the fourth season in May. Stephen Hillenburg said to have left the series, but he did not really leave it but it still serves as executive producer for the show.

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