American animator Stephen Hillenberg, who created the animated series "Sponge Bob Square Pants," died at the age of 57 after a long struggle with a serious illness.
"We are sad to report the death of Stephen Hillenberg, creator of Sponge Bob's Square Trousers. Today we spend a minute of peace in the memory of his life and work," Nickelodeon television broadcast, which broadcast the animated series at SpongeBob in 1999 .
"His unique characters and the bikini world will long remain a memory of the value of optimism, friendship, and the limitless power of imagination," the TV station said in a statement.
According to Variety, the cause of the death of a remarkable multiplier was a disease of the central nervous system – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which led to paralysis. As Hillenberg himself said, the disease was diagnosed in March last year. In this case, the animator continued to work, despite a serious illness.
Stephen Hillenberg was born in August 1961 in Oklahoma. From 1984 to 1987, he worked as a marine biologist and even taught at the California Oceanology Institute.
In 1987, Hillenberg decided to follow his old hobby – animation seriously. He shot several short films, two of which, The Beret Green and Wormholes, received good reviews at several festivals and received various awards.
In the early '90s, the animator met with the American animator, producer and illustrator Joe Murray, who invited Hillenberg to take part in his new, animated "New Life Rocco" series. Stephen agreed and eventually became the author of the script, producer, director and creative director of the animation show.
So, while working on Rocco's new life, Hillenberg met with American actor Tom Kenney, who later became the voice of the main character in the animated series about Sponge Bob, as well as future co-authors of Doug Lawrence's show, Paul Tibbit and many others . .
The creator of the beloved animated series began to develop the idea of a new project in 1996. He focused on a sponge that, as will be seen later, was originally similar to a great creature. Eventually, Hillenberg changed his shape to a square, because he thought it would look much more fun.
In 2004, after creating a long-lived animated film "Sponge Bob Square Pants," Hillenberg resigned as director but did not leave the series but became his executive producer.
The "Sponge Bob Square Pants" series has won numerous television awards, including two Emmy Awards, 12 Kids' Choice Awards, and two BAFTA Children's Awards. In November 2018, the launch of the twelfth project began. According to his franchise, two long films were shot, and the third was set for 2020.
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