Hillenburg initially conceived the show in 1984 and began to work on it shortly after the cancellation of Rocko's Modern Life in 1996. He teamed up with several Nickelodeon and Rocko crew members, including creative director Derek Drymon, writers and directors Sherm Cohen, and Dan Povenmire, writer Tim Hill, actor and writer Martin Olson, animation director Alan Smart, and story editor Merriwether Williams. To voice the character of SpongeBob, Hillenburg approached Tom Kenny, who had worked with him onRocko's Modern Life. SpongeBob was originally to be named SpongeBoy, but the name was already in use for a mop product. Upon finding it out, Hillenburg decided to use the name "SpongeBob". He chose "SquarePants" as a family name as it referred to the character's square shape and it had a "nice ring to it".
Upon premiere in 1999, the series received worldwide critical acclaim, though has been involved in public controversies. SpongeBob SquarePants has been nominated for 11 Emmy Awards and 20 Annie Awards, and has won six from the Annie. It is listed 15th in IGN's top 100 animated series list, and is among the "All-TIME 100 TV Shows" as chosen by Time television critic James Poniewozik.
"WhoBob WhatPants?", also known as "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?", is the 18th episode of the fifth season and the 98th overall episode of the American animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. The episode originally aired on Nickelodeon in the United States on October 13, 2008, and on Earth Day on CBS on April 22, 2009, with a special Director's Cut version. The series follows the adventures of the title character in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom. In the episode, SpongeBob loses his memory and wanders away into a new town. The episode was written by Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, and Steven Banks, and was directed by Alan Smart. The episode features the guest appearance of Ray Liotta as the voice of Trevor. Upon release, the episode attracted an average of 7.7 million audiences and met mostly negative reviews.
Jill Talley (born December 19, 1962) is an American actress best known as a regular cast member of Mr. Show, for her long-running-role as Karen on SpongeBob SquarePants, and her role as Sarah Dubois and various other characters on Adult Swim's The Boondocks. She often collaborates with her husband and fellow actor Tom Kenny.