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|Credits = Creator<br>Writer<br>Executive producer<br>Storyboard director
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|birth = [[Timeline:August 21|August 21]], [[Timeline:1961|1961]] (age 54)<br>Lawton, Oklahoma, [[U.S.]]
|Portrays = [[Potty the Parrot]]
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|credits = Creator<br>Writer<br>Executive producer<br>Storyboard director
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'''Stephen Hillenburg''' (b. [[Timeline:August 21|August 21]], 1961) is an American animator, the creator of ''[[SpongeBob SquarePants (series)|SpongeBob SquarePants]]'', and a current ''SpongeBob SquarePants'' crew member. He is also the voice of [[Potty the Parrot]] and is the one who made all the show's episodes.
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'''Stephen McDannell Hillenburg'''<ref>http://www.veromi.net/Summary.asp?fn=Stephen&mn=&ln=Hillenburg&dobmm=08&dobdd=21&doby=1961&city=&state=&age=&vw=&Search=&Input=&x=0&y=0</ref> (born [[Timeline:August 21|August 21]], [[Timeline:1961|1961]]) is an American animator and the creator of ''[[SpongeBob SquarePants (series)|SpongeBob SquarePants]].'' He has returned as a ''SpongeBob SquarePants'' crew member as of after the [[The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water|second movie]]. He was also the early voice of [[Potty the Parrot]] and is the one who made all the show's episodes possible.
   
 
Hillenburg also played the ukulele on some of the original music composed for the show, including the "[[Best Day Ever]]" special.
 
Hillenburg also played the ukulele on some of the original music composed for the show, including the "[[Best Day Ever]]" special.
   
 
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
* On [[Timeline:May 25|May 25]], [[2012]], Hillenburg announced that he would be producing ''[[The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2]]''.
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*On [[Timeline:May 25|May 25]], [[Timeline:2012|2012]], Hillenburg announced that he would be writing ''[[The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water]]''.
* After ''[[The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie]]'' came out, Hillenburg left the [[SpongeBob SquarePants (series)|show]], because that is when the show was originally supposed to end. However, Hillenburg didn't leave the show entirely as he still serves as an executive producer.
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*Sometimes, he is referred to as "Steven or Steve Hillenburg."
* After the 2nd Movie, he will return to be a full member of the cast again, and it is said the shows quality is going to return to the first few seasons
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*After ''[[The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie]]'' came out, Hillenburg left the [[SpongeBob SquarePants (series)|show]], because that is when the show was originally supposed to end. However, Hillenburg didn't leave the show entirely, he still serves as an executive producer.<ref>https://twitter.com/VincentWaller72/status/725683970558451712</ref>
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*According to [[Paul Tibbitt|Paul Tibbitt's]] Twitter feed, Stephen Hillenburg came back to work on the SpongeBob series in [[Timeline:January|January]] [[Timeline:2015|2015]].  This was proven true as he produced some episodes from Season 9.
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*In Help Wanted, Stephen Hillenburg was spelt as "Stephen Hilleburg."
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==Lawsuit==
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*In [[Timeline:2007|2007]], Troy Walker, a cartoonist from Fairfield, California, sued Hillenburg, claiming that Hillenburg stole his ideas from Walker's 1991 comic strip, Bob Spongee, the Unemployed Sponge. Walker argued that the concept and design of Hillenburg's SpongeBob SquarePants was lifted from his "Bob Spongee" homemade toy character. In his original concept, Walker drew a face on a kitchen sponge and attached plastic googly eyes. He placed the model in a transparent bag that included the comic strip, and sold it in Northern California as collectibles at flea markets and through the mail in 1992. Walker claimed that he produced 1,000 of the "drawn-on" dolls. In [[Timeline:2002|2002]], after learning about SpongeBob SquarePants, Walker concluded: "It obviously fell into the hands of one of the producers of the show. It's a clear pattern of duplication." He filed the lawsuit against Hillenburg, Paramount Studios, and Nickelodeon and their parent company, Viacom, in a United States district court in San Francisco. He had demanded $1.6 billion in damages, and alleged that the accused used his idea without his permission <ref>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Hillenburg#cite_note-BillionSue-65 &#91;65&#93;</ref> .<ref>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Hillenburg#cite_note-CCT-66 &#91;66&#93;</ref> He said that "they took all of it." Walker also pointed out that the show's pilot episode, "[[Help Wanted]]" (in which an unemployed SpongeBob gets his job at the Krusty Krab), was proof that the defendants stole his concept. The settlement was later dropped after a summary judgement in Viacom's favor.
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==Video==
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[[File:SpongeBob SquarePants Meet the Creator Stephen Hillenburg Nickelodeon Animation Studio|center|450px]]
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==References==
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Latest revision as of 01:01, April 29, 2016

If you were looking for the article about the storyboard artist, then see Stephen Herczeg.
Stephen Hillenburg
Stephen Hillenburg Premiere
General Information
Birth: August 21, 1961 (age 54)
Lawton, Oklahoma, U.S.
Gender: Male
Series Information
Credits: Creator
Writer
Executive producer
Storyboard director
Portrays: Potty the Parrot
Years: 1999-2004; 2015-present
List of episode credits

Stephen McDannell Hillenburg[1] (born August 21, 1961) is an American animator and the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. He has returned as a SpongeBob SquarePants crew member as of after the second movie. He was also the early voice of Potty the Parrot and is the one who made all the show's episodes possible.

Hillenburg also played the ukulele on some of the original music composed for the show, including the "Best Day Ever" special.

CreditsEdit

EpisodesEdit

Episode Credit(s)
Season 1
1a - "Help Wanted" Writer, Storyboard Director, Executive Producer
1b - "Reef Blower" Writer, Storyboard Director, Executive Producer
2a - "Bubblestand" Writer, Executive Producer
Season 9
190a - "Lost in Bikini Bottom" Executive Producer
190b - "Tutor Sauce" Executive Producer
191a - "Squid Plus One" Executive Producer
191b - "The Executive Treatment" Executive Producer
192a - "Company Picnic" Executive Producer
192b - "Pull Up a Barrel" Executive Producer
193a - "Sanctuary!" Executive Producer
193b - "What's Eating Patrick?" Executive Producer
194a - "Patrick! The Game" Executive Producer
194b - "The Sewers of Bikini Bottom" Executive Producer
195a - "SpongeBob LongPants" Executive Producer
195b - "Larry's Gym" Executive Producer
List of episode credits



MoviesEdit

Episode Credit(s)
F1 - "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" Executive producer, Writer
F2 - "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" Executive producer, Story Writer, Voice of Baby in Stroller
List of episode credits



Amusement ridesEdit

Episode Credit(s)
- "SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D: The Great Jelly Rescue!" Writer
List of episode credits



TriviaEdit

  • On May 25, 2012, Hillenburg announced that he would be writing The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
  • Sometimes, he is referred to as "Steven or Steve Hillenburg."
  • After The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie came out, Hillenburg left the show, because that is when the show was originally supposed to end. However, Hillenburg didn't leave the show entirely, he still serves as an executive producer.[2]
  • According to Paul Tibbitt's Twitter feed, Stephen Hillenburg came back to work on the SpongeBob series in January 2015.  This was proven true as he produced some episodes from Season 9.
  • In Help Wanted, Stephen Hillenburg was spelt as "Stephen Hilleburg."

LawsuitEdit

  • In 2007, Troy Walker, a cartoonist from Fairfield, California, sued Hillenburg, claiming that Hillenburg stole his ideas from Walker's 1991 comic strip, Bob Spongee, the Unemployed Sponge. Walker argued that the concept and design of Hillenburg's SpongeBob SquarePants was lifted from his "Bob Spongee" homemade toy character. In his original concept, Walker drew a face on a kitchen sponge and attached plastic googly eyes. He placed the model in a transparent bag that included the comic strip, and sold it in Northern California as collectibles at flea markets and through the mail in 1992. Walker claimed that he produced 1,000 of the "drawn-on" dolls. In 2002, after learning about SpongeBob SquarePants, Walker concluded: "It obviously fell into the hands of one of the producers of the show. It's a clear pattern of duplication." He filed the lawsuit against Hillenburg, Paramount Studios, and Nickelodeon and their parent company, Viacom, in a United States district court in San Francisco. He had demanded $1.6 billion in damages, and alleged that the accused used his idea without his permission [3] .[4] He said that "they took all of it." Walker also pointed out that the show's pilot episode, "Help Wanted" (in which an unemployed SpongeBob gets his job at the Krusty Krab), was proof that the defendants stole his concept. The settlement was later dropped after a summary judgement in Viacom's favor.

VideoEdit

SpongeBob SquarePants Meet the Creator Stephen Hillenburg Nickelodeon Animation Studio01:54

SpongeBob SquarePants Meet the Creator Stephen Hillenburg Nickelodeon Animation Studio

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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Cast and Crew (VTE)

Cast
Bill FagerbakkeCarolyn LawrenceClancy BrownDee Bradley BakerDoug LawrenceDennis QuaidFrank WelkerJill TalleyJoe WhyteGrey DeLisleLori AlanMary Jo CatlettRodger BumpassSirena IrwinTom KennyGuest stars

Crew
Aaron SpringerAlan SmartAndrea RomanoAndrew GoodmanAndrew OvertoomAdam FayAdam PaloianBlake LemonsBob CampBrad VandergriftBruce HellerBrice MallierCaleb MeurerCarson KuglerCasey AlexanderCatherine SimmondsC.H. GreenblattChris HeadrickChris MitchellChris ReccardiChuck KleinClint BondClare O'KaneDave CunninghamDavid FainDani MichaeliDan PovenmireDaniel DominguezDerek DrymonDerek IversenDerek L'estrangeDoug LawrenceEban SchletterEdgar LarrazábalEduardo AcostaEnnio Torresan, Jr.Eric FilipkowskiEric ShawErik WieseFrank WeissFred MillerFred OsmondGarrett HoGreg MillerGregor F. NarholzHeather MartinezIan GrahamIIya SkorupskyJack PendarvisJanice TolentinoJay LenderJim SchumannJoe WierengaJohn MagnessJohn TrabbicJosh AndroskyKaren HeathwoodKazKent OsborneKris WimberlyKurt SnyderKyle McCullochLarry LeichliterLeonard RobinsonLloyd AhlquistLuke BrookshierLynne NaylorMarc CeccarelliMarcelo SouzaMarco CinelloMark CaballeroMark O'HareMaureen MascarinaMerriwether WilliamsMike MitchellMike RothMike BellMonica DavilaMonica TomovaNate CashNick CrossOctavio RodriguezPaul TibbittPeter BurnsPeter ShukoffPhilip HarrisRichard PurselRobertryan CoryRob RosenSeamus WalshSaeid ZameniateniSean CharmatzSean DempseySherm CohenStephen HillenburgSteve FontiSteven BanksSyd DaleThaddeus Paul CouldronTim HillTim ParsonsTeale Reon WangTed SekoTodd WhiteTom KingTom YasumiTuck TuckerVincent WallerVirginia HawesWalt DohrnWilliam ReissZeus Cervas

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