‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Oral History

This 36,000-word oral history of SpongeBob SquarePants compiled by Hogan’s Alley editor Tom Heintjes contains interviews with over twenty of the show’s crew. It’s pretty much the most comprehensive history of the show ever published, and a must-read for anyone who wants to understand how an animated series evolves over time and through the contributions of many different people.


  • Mike Scott

    Read the whole thing and loved it. Great article. Thanks.

  • Mark Neeley

    Robert – I think that book was actually published last year by former Brewmaster Jerry Beck. I haven’t read it yet, but “The Spongebob Experience” is advertised as being a comprehensive Spongebob book that includes oodles of concept art, storyboards, model sheets, etc. including the post-film era and plenty of in-depth writing about the show’s history/production. But again, I haven’t actually read it yet.

    • Roberto Severino

      I haven’t read it yet either but now I want to out of curiosity and because Jerry Beck has done a good job with these things in the past. Thanks!

  • Tony

    That was a wonderful article, informative and enlightening. It made me appreciate the series more as I learned what they had to go through to make the show they wanted.

  • Funkybat

    Cool! I have not often found concept art and early development info on TV animation, usually it’s just features that seem to get this treatment. It’s always interesting to hear about this early history and changes. Until now, the only TV series I ever found much early info about were The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo and Darkwing Duck.