Encyclopedia SpongeBobia


Encyclopedia SpongeBobia
Encyclopedia SpongeBobia

"SpongeBob's Start" is a SpongeBob SquarePants DVD bonus feature. In this feature, Stephen Hillenburg talks about his idea for SpongeBob and the creation of his world. It can be found in the Nautical Nonsense and Sponge Buddies DVD.


This feature is split into three segments.

Show Idea[]

Stephen Hillenburg discusses how his studies of marine science and marine biology play a role into his making of the characters for SpongeBob SquarePants. He describes how his vision of a sponge and SpongeBob's square design work for the optimist main character.

SpongeBob's World[]

Hillenburg expresses that SpongeBob SquarePants was intended to follow different logic from other shows and movies that take place underwater. The undersea society of the series is described here, as well as the intention of the show's storylines to parallel real-life.

SpongeBob's Original Name[]

Jay Lender, writer and storyboard director, briefly discusses that "SpongeBoy" was an original name for SpongeBob, but it was already in use. It was then decided that "SpongeBob" was a better name to use for the character.





SpongeBob's Start