Spongebob documentary

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants (who first appeared on July 17th, 1999), VH1 will premiere Square Roots: The Story of SpongeBob SquarePants, on Tuesday, July 14 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). This is an original SpongeBob TV documentary from producers Creadon O’Malley (Wordplay, I.O.U.S.A).

From the Viacom press release:

Commissioned by Nickelodeon to commemorate the anniversary of the series’ first episode, the documentary chronicles the beloved character’s journey to international pop culture icon status and showcases the series’ impact on everyone from President Barack Obama, kids across the globe and San Quentin inmates who readily sing its catchy theme song. The one-hour documentary, features an opening song from Avril Lavigne and commentary from creator Steve Hillenburg, cast and crew members, industry experts, fanatics and celebrities like LeBron James, Ricky Gervais and Rosario Dawson.

It also features several comments from yours truly – I wonder if I’m considered an “industry expert” or a “fanatic”? Tune in and find out.


  • http://www.classicparamountcartoons.blogspot.com/ ParamountCartoons

    It should refresh what I learned after seeing the origin documentary on the Season 1 boxset that I saw somewhere.

    I like Spongebob, but I do admit that the show has gone downhill after the movie. We all want to know the secret Krabby Patty formula!

    Secret recipes aside, this documentary seems a little over-the-edge.
    “on everyone from President Barack Obama….”

  • http://theanimationinquirer.blogspot.com/ Richard

    I can’t wait for the documentary, along with the “SpongeBash” on Nick, coming soon!

  • startend

    Is this the first time a Nick-themed show appeared on something other than Nickelodeon or Nicktoons? I guess they didn’t have enough room for it! Ha.

  • http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/mjf7583 Michael F.

    I may not be a fan of the show but I do admire it for the massive impact of the show on society. I am kind of creeped out over how San Quentin inmates would actually know the theme to the show.

  • vzk

    I once saw Spongebob airing on MTV at midnight. It was rated TV-PG (!)

  • http://zeteos.blogspot.com/ mick

    an industry fanatic

  • http://www.doctorwhom.com gavin

    Neither, you’re a celebrity.

  • http://www.davemackey.com/animation Dave Mackey

    Patrick Creadon’s documentary “Wordplay” was filmed in part at the first American Crossword Puzzle Tournament I ever went to (in 2005), so I have some affection for the man’s work. (Pat came back to the next tournament with a preview of the movie, which was released that summer after a successful preview at Sundance.)

    I hope enough people watch.

  • JR

    Hurray for Patrick Creadon on another job well done!!!! He’s a truly creative documentary film maker who makes any subject he tackles fun and interesting.