I think he doesn’t look a day over 8, myself, but 2009 marks the 10-year anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants, and Nickelodeon has plans to celebrate all year long.
I suppose the “biggest” news is the new and improved Official SpongeBob site, which includes links to things like the backstage blog and various other goodies. But frankly, one item from the press release really grabbed me:
Also to mark the anniversary, Nickelodeon has commissioned the first full-length original TV documentary which will chronicle the beloved character’s evolution to international pop culture icon status. The documentary will be telecast across MTV Networks’ various TV platforms to commemorate the anniversary of the series’ first episode. Over the last 10 years, the porous brainchild of creator Steve Hillenburg has grown from a single Saturday morning kids’ show to a certified pop culture maverick that has inspired nothing less than fun and frenzy around the world. Soaking up everything from clothing to controversy, the show has inspired people to deeply identify with the characters, to adorn themselves with SpongeBob tattoos, to use SpongeBob products to save lives and even, occasionally, to vandalize and politicize the character; but most of all, to kick back, laugh and relax.
It’ll be all “SpongeBob: Behind the Pineapple” or something. I’m sure of it. And I can’t wait.