Paul Tibbitt

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Paul Tibbitt
Born Paul Harrison Tibbitt
United States
Alma mater California Institute of the Arts
Occupation Voice actor, writer, storyboard artist, animator, director
Years active 1997–present
Notable work SpongeBob SquarePants
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Paul Harrison Tibbitt is an American animator, television producer, writer, storyboard artist, songwriter, voice actor, and director, best known for working on the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. He was the co-executive producer of the show and was also the voice of Potty the Parrot; he has also voiced DoodleBob and previously voiced Betsy Krabs before Sirena Irwin took over. He made his feature film directorial debut directing The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water as well as providing the voice of Kyle the Seagull in the same movie. Tibbitt studied in the Character Animation program at the California Institute of the Arts.

After creator Stephen Hillenburg resigned in 2004, Tibbitt took the position of showrunner for SpongeBob. Hillenburg, who continued to review episodes and offer suggestions to the series' production crew after resigning, eventually returned to the show in 2015 as an executive producer, now having greater creative input and attending crew meetings.[1][2] In 2015, Vincent Waller, creative director of the series, and Marc Ceccarelli, a writer and storyboard director for the series, took Paul Tibbitt's place as supervising producer and showrunner.[3] It was also announced that Tibbitt would leave the series after season 9 to work on The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge (which is being produced without the involvement of the show's crew by a separate crew), with no plans to return following the movie.[4] He did, however, return to the series during production of the third movie to voice the character DoodleBob in the episode "Doodle Dimension".

Controversy[edit]

Tibbitt has been the subject of criticism during his time as showrunner for SpongeBob. The main criticism being that Tibbitt was the one to blame for the declining quality of the show. After the movie, the show was seen by many as less funny and creative with an increasing reliance on gross out humor.{{Citation needed}}

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Recess Storyboard revisionist
1998 CatDog Character designer
1999–2017, 2018[5] SpongeBob SquarePants Betsy Krabs (2001–02)
DoodleBob (2002, 2018)
Potty the Parrot (2007–2012)
Writer (1999–2012)
Storyboard director (1999–2004)
Director (2000–2002)
Storyboard artist (1999–2004)
Showrunner (2005–2015)[6]
Supervising producer (2005–2015)
Co-executive producer (2006–2008)
Executive producer (2008–2017)
2002–03 Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? Layout artist
Writer
Storyboard Artist

Film[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ @VincentWaller72 (July 20, 2015). "@a_boy98 Now he has an office next to mine, and attends meetings" (Tweet). Retrieved December 22, 2016 – via Twitter. 
  2. ^ @VincentWaller72 (July 20, 2015). "@a_boy98 Again. Previously he would occasionally send a note on a board or an outline. Now he is in meetings" (Tweet). Retrieved December 22, 2016 – via Twitter. 
  3. ^ @VincentWaller72 (October 18, 2015). "@a_boy98 Here's the deal. As of one month ago, myself and Marc Ceccerelli are running SB. We will be doing everything we can 2 plus all" (Tweet). Retrieved December 22, 2016 – via Twitter. 
  4. ^ "Twitter". Retrieved December 22, 2016. 
  5. ^ https://www.twitter.com/VincentWaller72/status/971444471840702464
  6. ^ "Twitter". Retrieved December 22, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Loose Tooth Animation story developer
1999 Herd Fed #6 Writer
2004 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Screenwriter and storyboard artist
2007 SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis Director of live action sequences, written by live action segments, producer
2009 SpongeBob's Truth or Square Written by live action sequences, producer
2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Kyle Director, producer and storywriter