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'SpongeBob SquarePants' still weird - and funny - after 10 years
dallasnews ^ | July 16, 2009 | TOM MAURSTAD

Posted on 07/18/2009 1:47:18 PM PDT by JoeProBono

There are certain cultural icons whose presence in and influence on the world is so powerful and pervasive, it transforms them into signposts marking the march of history – the world before and after Elvis, the Beatles, JFK and now ... SpongeBob.

Nickelodeon, the birthplace of SpongeBob SquarePants, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the hit animated series with a 50-hour marathon that starts Friday and includes 11 new episodes. Amid all the celebratory hubbub, it can seem strange to remember just how strange SpongeBob and his Bikini Bottom posse seemed when they first appeared way back in 1999.

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TOPICS: Humor; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: spongebob

1 posted on 07/18/2009 1:47:18 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

In before the “SPONGEBOB IS A HOMO!” bible-thumping FReepers


2 posted on 07/18/2009 1:52:58 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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To: JoeProBono

I’ve always thought that Spongebob had a Bugs Bunny quality to it, and that’s what I’ve always liked about it. Sometimes it really makes me laugh.


3 posted on 07/18/2009 1:53:27 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (No prisoners. No mercy. 2010 awaits.....)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

4 posted on 07/18/2009 1:54:41 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Free Vulcan

5 posted on 07/18/2009 1:56:04 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Yeah, but it’s like they’re not even under water...


6 posted on 07/18/2009 1:58:50 PM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Ah, actually, to set the record straight, it was the homosexual crowd that claimed Patrick as one of their own. The creators - wisely - slapped that down over many episodes.


7 posted on 07/18/2009 1:59:08 PM PDT by Obadiah (Obama: Chains you can believe in!)
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To: JoeProBono

I heart SpongeBob SquarePants, and I don’t care who knows it!!!


8 posted on 07/18/2009 2:00:02 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty ("Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force." George Washington)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
You quote Limbaugh.

Do you LOVE him?

You know you do.

9 posted on 07/18/2009 2:01:05 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: JoeProBono
While I do not mind my daughter watching this show, I prefer it over some of the bilingual ones that push spanish or chinese.
10 posted on 07/18/2009 2:01:21 PM PDT by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
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To: JoeProBono
SBSP? Please.............Patrick is the real star of the show...


11 posted on 07/18/2009 2:02:33 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: JoeProBono
I love sponge bob, but I grew up on Ren and Stimpy FIRED
12 posted on 07/18/2009 2:07:02 PM PDT by odin2008 (Everything in the universe is subject to change.)
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To: TheConservativeParty

13 posted on 07/18/2009 2:08:30 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono
I like the squidbillies too. :)
Squidbillies Pictures, Images and Photos
14 posted on 07/18/2009 2:09:35 PM PDT by meanie monster
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To: JoeProBono
his Bikini Bottom posse

What could any parent object to? /sarc

15 posted on 07/18/2009 2:18:42 PM PDT by cmj328 (Filibuster FOCA--a/k/a this "Health" Bill--or lose reelection)
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To: JoeProBono; SunkenCiv

Early Spongebob.

16 posted on 07/18/2009 2:18:53 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: JoeProBono

I was babysitting the other day— forced to watch this. Actually wasn’t that bad! I’m embarrassed to say.


17 posted on 07/18/2009 2:21:09 PM PDT by exist
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To: mrmeyer

My son is 9 mos old and we recently purchased Looney Tunes DVDs. There is so much acceptance/tollerance/Spanish crap out there. It is very difficult to find good old fashioned animated violence!


18 posted on 07/18/2009 2:23:07 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed less people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: JoeProBono

I miss The Angry Beavers.


19 posted on 07/18/2009 2:34:34 PM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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20 posted on 07/18/2009 2:37:26 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: OldMissileer

I LOVED the angry beavers!!


21 posted on 07/18/2009 2:39:44 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs (It takes a viking to raze a village!)
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To: LongElegantLegs
I LOVED the angry beavers!!

It had quite a few hidden jokes that only adults would understand and their usage of far-north English was very funny.

After living in North Dakota for over eight years it was always great to listen to Dagg and Norb.

22 posted on 07/18/2009 2:43:29 PM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: goodwithagun

I agree! I’ve got most of the old Looney Toons on DVD. I couldn’t take any more Dora—that high pitched, nasal “Hola” and the gentle, non-offensive, completely dull storylines were driving me crazy! My 5-year-old son has come to agree with me—I never TOLD him how I disliked the bilingual bore, but after exposing him to Wile E. Coyote and Daffy Duck, there was no going back.


23 posted on 07/18/2009 2:43:55 PM PDT by Calico Cat (Some say that life is the thing; I prefer to read)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
“In before the “SPONGEBOB IS A HOMO!” bible-thumping FReepers

The sodomy crowd does like SpongeBob.

24 posted on 07/18/2009 2:44:20 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I agree with Rick..)
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To: JoeProBono

The new Spongebob sucks.

Since his voice changed from funny to irritating and they started animating him differently, the show doesn’t have the same unique, quirky humor that it used to.

I love Spongebob Squarepants, but you can keep the newer episodes. They’re awful.


25 posted on 07/18/2009 2:44:45 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Obamacare - it's to die for.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
after my granddaughter leaves, every TV in the house is tuned to the channel that sponge bob is on. I hate that guy
26 posted on 07/18/2009 2:53:56 PM PDT by stylin19a (Obama's Plan B - Payday Loans)
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To: mrmeyer

All the politically correct “diversity” hooey notwithstanding, I think TV shows that introduce children to foreign languages are a great idea—I don’t see anything wrong with getting kids to make the most of their language-learning prime. It’s completely stupid that we hold off foreign language study until middle or high school, AFTER the window has closed.


27 posted on 07/18/2009 3:30:03 PM PDT by Julia H. (Remember when dissent was patriotic?)
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To: martin_fierro

Of course, this beloved cartoon character may as well be named “Contraceptive-Sponge Bob Squarepants”, ever since that episode where Spongebob and his neighbor try to adopt a foundling along with experimenting with gender roles. :’)


28 posted on 07/19/2009 7:22:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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