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Hillenburg in 2011
|Born||Stephen McDannell Hillenburg|
August 21, 1961 
Lawton, Oklahoma, United States
|Other names||Steve Hillenburg|
|Education||Savanna High School|
|Occupation||Marine biologist, animator, director, writer, producer, artist|
|Net worth||US$90 million|
Hillenburg in 2011
|Born||Stephen McDannell Hillenburg|
August 21, 1961 
Lawton, Oklahoma, United States
|Other names||Steve Hillenburg|
|Education||Savanna High School|
|Occupation||Marine biologist, animator, director, writer, producer, artist|
|Net worth||US$90 million|
Stephen McDannell "Steve" Hillenburg (born August 21, 1961) is an American marine biologist, animator, director, writer, producer, storyboard artist, and voice-over artist, associated with several animated television series, best known for creating the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. Born in Lawton, Oklahoma, Hillenburg moved to Orange County, California when he was a year old. He was raised in Anaheim, California and attended the Humboldt State University, earning a bachelor's degree in marine resource planning and interpretation in 1984. He decided to apply at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 1992 to pursue an animation career.
Hillenburg worked for various jobs before landing on the career as a marine biology teacher. For three years in the mid-1980s, Hillenburg taught marine biology at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point. A few years after graduating from CalArts, Hillenburg met Joe Murray, the creator of Rocko's Modern Life and was offered a job as a director of the series. He then joined the show as a writer, producer, and storyboard artist during its third season, continuing his position for much of the fourth season. He began developing SpongeBob SquarePants into a television series in 1996 upon the cancellation of Rocko's Modern Life, and turned to Tom Kenny, who had worked with him on that series, to voice the titular character. SpongeBob was originally to be named SpongeBoy, and the series was to be called SpongeBoy Ahoy!, but these were changed due to trademark issues. The show premiered in May 1, 1999, which has since aired 189 episodes. Hillenburg directed the film adaptation of the series, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, for which he was nominated for an Annie Award for Directing in a Feature Production in 2005. Once the film was completed, he resigned from the show and appointed staff writer Paul Tibbitt as the series' showrunner. Hillenburg is currently working on the sequel film as the executive producer and story writer. In 2009, he has stated that he is developing two other TV projects.
Hillenburg has won an Emmy Award and six Annie Awards for SpongeBob SquarePants. He has also received other awards, including the Heal the Bay's Walk the Talk award for his efforts on elevating marine life awareness through SpongeBob SquarePants, and the Television Animation Award from the National Cartoonists Society. In 2002, he received the Statue Award in film from the Princess Grace Foundation.
Stephen Hillenburg was born at the United States Army post of Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma on August 21, 1961. His father was a draftsman and designer for aerospace companies—including McDonnell Douglas and Rockwell Collins—and has contributed to the Apollo program. His mother taught visually impaired students. Hillenburg has said that he got his art skills on his maternal side, and told that his grandmother is "really, really gifted" and a "great painter." His younger brother followed their father's footsteps, and became a draftsman and designer. With his family, Hillenburg moved to Orange County, California in 1962, when he was a year old. He mostly grew up in Anaheim, California, where received his secondary education at the Savanna High School. Hillenburg was a band geek in high school, playing the trumpet.
Hillenburg's passion to sea life has been traced to his childhood, when he saw several films made by the French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. While in a library in the 1970s, he viewed black-and-white images about diving, and he was "really immersed." At age 15, he snorkeled for the first time in the Laguna Beach and saw "all in color"; that experience spurred his decision to study marine life in college. A few years after attending Humboldt State University (HSU), he earned a bachelor's degree in marine resource planning and interpretation in 1984. While in HSU, he minored in art, and ended up making exhibits in museums. Hillenburg said "I blossomed as a painter in Humboldt."
Having enjoyed arts, he applied in a master's degree program in experimental animation at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 1992. Hillenburg said "Initially I think I assumed that if I went to school for art I would never have any way of making a living, so I thought it might be smarter to keep art my passion and hobby and study something else. But by the time I got to the end of my undergrad work, I realized I should be in art." He told that in the 1970s, as a child, he was taken to an International Tournée of Animation festival at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and saw the Dutch animator Paul Driessen with his The Killing of An Egg cartoon. Hillenburg said that "That was the film that I thought was uniquely strange and that lodged itself in my head early on. I was interested in drawing my whole life. I dunno—it didn't help me till later, when I rediscovered Driessen." He graduated from the institute in 1993, earning a Master of Fine Arts in experimental animation.
Hillenburg worked for various jobs—including park service in Utah and art director in Bayview-Hunters Point, San Francisco—before landing on the job he wanted, which was to teach marine biology. He also worked as a fry cook in a fast food restaurant. After graduating from college, Hillenburg taught marine biology at the Ocean Institute (then known as the Marine Institute) for three years from 1984 to 1987 in Dana Point and lived about at the Dana Point Marina. During this period, Hillenburg realized he was more interested in making art than he was in teaching science.
While working at the Ocean Institute, Hillenburg wrote a comic book entitled The Intertidal Zone, which he used to teach his students about the animal life of tidal pools. The comic starred various anthropomorphic forms of sea life, many of which would evolve into SpongeBob SquarePants characters, including "Bob the Sponge", who was the co-host of the comic and resembled an actual sea sponge, as opposed to SpongeBob SquarePants who resembles a kitchen sponge. Hillenburg tried to get the comic professionally published, but none of the companies to which he sent it were interested.
In 1987, Hillenburg left the institute to pursue his dream of becoming an animator. He would eventually attend CalArts in 1992, having been accepted by Jules Engel, who was impressed with Hillenburg's previous work. He began envisioning the idea of a project that would involve a cast of anthropomorphic sea life. Although he drew several rough sketches of the concept, it would be close to a decade before he would get to see it become a reality.
As an animator, Hillenburg received a job on the children's television series Mother Goose and Grimm while attending CalArts, and worked on the series from 1991 to 1993. He made several independent short films, including The Green Beret (1991) and Wormholes (1992). His first film The Green Beret is about a physically challenged Girl Scout with enormous fists, that when she knocks on doors while selling cookies, she topples the houses, and destroys everything in her wake. He also made his CalArts thesis film entitled Wormholes, which is about the theory of relativity. He described the film as "a poetic animated film based on relativistic phenomena," in his proposal to the Princess Grace Foundation (PGF) for a scholarship in 1991. The foundation accepted to fund it and gave him a "Graduate Film Scholarship". Wormholes was later displayed at various animation festivals—including the Ottawa International Animation Festival in October 1992, in which the film won the Best Concept award.
It meant a lot. They [the PGF] funded one of the projects I'm most proud of, even with SpongeBob. It provided me the opportunity just to make a film that was personal, and what I would call independent, and free of some of the commercial needs.
— Hillenurg, on the PGF's funding for Wormholes
In 1995, Joe Murray, creator of Rocko's Modern Life, met Hillenburg at an animation festival, and offered him a job as a director of the series. Hillenburg then joined the Nickelodeon animated series as a writer, producer, and storyboard artist during the series' third season, continuing his position for much of the fourth season. Hillenburg stated that he "learned a great deal about writing and producing animation for TV" from his time on Rocko's Modern Life. During the last of his three years with the show, he was promoted to creative director, in which capacity he helped to oversee pre-and post-production operations. He also served as its executive story editor.
While working on Rocko's Modern Life, Hillenburg met writer Martin Olson, who saw his previous comics The Intertidal Zone. Olson liked the idea and suggested Hillenburg to create a series of marine animals. Hillenburg said "a show [...] I hadn't even thought about making a show [...] and it wasn't my show." It spurred his decision to create the show and said "it was the inspiration for the show." He also became friends with Tom Kenny, who he later approached to become the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants. "Steve described SpongeBob to me as childlike and naïve," Kenny said in an interview. "He's not quite an adult, he's not quite a kid. Think a Stan Laurel, Jerry Lewis kind of child-man. Kind of like a Munchkin but not quite, kind of like a kid, but not in a Charlie Brown child's voice on the TV shows."
Hillenburg initially conceived the premise of the show in 1984, while he was teaching marine biology at the Ocean Institute. When Rocko's Modern Life ended in 1996, he began working on SpongeBob SquarePants, teaming up with several Nickelodeon veterans and Rocko crew members. Originally the character was to be named SpongeBoy and the show would be called SpongeBoy Ahoy!. However, after voice acting the original seven-minute pilot in 1997, it was discovered that the name was already in use for a mop product. Upon learning this, Hillenburg decided that the character's given name still had to contain "Sponge" so viewers would not mistake the character for a "Cheese Man." Hillenburg decided to use the name "SpongeBob." He chose "SquarePants" as a family name as it referred to the character's square shape and "had a nice ring to it".
In 1997, while pitching the cartoon to Nickelodeon executives, Hillenburg donned a Hawaiian shirt, brought along an "underwater terrarium with models of the characters", and Hawaiian music to set the theme. The setup was described by Nick executive Eric Coleman as "pretty amazing". When given money and two weeks to write the pilot episode ("Help Wanted"), Derek Drymon, Stephen Hillenberg, and Nick Jennings returned with, described by Nickelodeon official Albie Hecht, "a performance he wished he had on tape". Although described as stressful by executive producer Derek Drymon, the pitch went "very well"; Kevin Kay and Hecht had to step outside because they were "exhausted from laughing", making the cartoonists worried.
SpongeBob SquarePants first aired on May 1, 1999. During its second season, the show had flourished into Nickelodeon's No. 2 children's program, after Rugrats. Nearly 40 percent of the show's audience of 2.2 million were aged 18 to 34. The show eventually passed Rugrats during its third season, earning it the title of being the highest rated children's show on cable. It had a 6.7 rating and 2.2 million kids 2 to 11 in the second quarter of 2002, up 22% over 2001. Forbes called the show "a $1 billion honeypot," and said that the show is "almost single-handedly responsible for making Viacom's Nickelodeon the most-watched cable channel during the day and the second most popular during prime time." It was also reported that of the 50 million viewers who watch it every month, 20 million are adults.
Hillenburg went on to direct the film adaptation of the series, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. In 2002, Hillenburg and the show's staff members decided to halt the production on the show to work on the film, after completing the third season. Once the film was completed, Hillenburg wanted to end the series "so the show wouldn't jump the shark," but Nickelodeon wanted to do more episodes. Hillenburg resigned as the series' showrunner, and appointed Paul Tibbitt, who previously served as the show's supervising producer, writer, director, and storyboard artist, to overtake the role. Hillenburg considered Tibbitt one of his favorite members of the show's crew, and "totally trusted him." Tibbitt holds the showrunner position and also functions as an executive producer. Hillenburg no longer writes or runs the show on a day-to-day basis, but reviews each episode and delivers suggestions. He said "I figure when I'm pretty old I can still paint [...] I don't know about running shows." Tom Kenny and Bill Fagerbakke and the rest of the crew confirmed they have completed four new episodes for broadcast on Nickelodeon in early 2005, and planned to finish about 20 total for the then-fourth season.
Hillenburg voiced the character of Potty the Parrot in the show. After his departure from the show in 2004, Tibbitt was given the role voicing Potty the Parrot. For the first three seasons, Hillenburg and Drymon sat in on the record studio, and they directed the actors. In the fourth season, Andrea Romano took over the role as the voice director.
|"Everybody is different, and the show embraces that. The character SpongeBob is an oddball. He's kind of weird, but he's kind of special, I always think of them as being somewhat asexual."|
|—Hillenburg, on SpongeBob's sexual orientation|
Despite the show's widespread popularity, the series has been involved in several public controversies. In 2005, a promotional video which showed SpongeBob along with other characters from children's shows singing together to promote diversity and tolerance, was attacked by an evangelical group in the United States because they saw SpongeBob being used as an "advocate for homosexuality". James Dobson of Focus on the Family accused the makers of the video of "promoting homosexuality due to a pro-tolerance group sponsoring the video." The incident led to questions to whether or not SpongeBob is homosexual. In 2002, Hillenburg denied the issue, despite the fact that SpongeBob's popularity with gay men grew. He clarified that he considers the character to be "almost asexual". After Dobson made the comments, Hillenburg repeated this assertion that sexual preference was never considered during the creation of the show. Dobson later asserted that his comments were taken out of context and that his original complaints were not with SpongeBob, the video, or any of the characters in the video but with the organization that sponsored the video, We Are Family Foundation. Dobson indicated that the We Are Family Foundation posted pro-homosexual material on their website, but later removed it.
Hillenburg is currently working on SpongeBob SquarePants 2, the sequel to the 2004 film, as the executive producer and story writer. The film stars Kenny, Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, Carolyn Lawrence, and Mr. Lawrence, directed by Tibbitt, produced by Mary Parent, and will be released on February 13, 2015 by Paramount Pictures.
In 1999, Hillenburg formed United Plankton Pictures, a television and film production company, which produces SpongeBob SquarePants. The company helped fund the Humboldt State University Marine Laboratory. It also publishes SpongeBob Comics, a 32-page bimonthly comic book series distributed by Bongo Comics Group and based on SpongeBob SquarePants. Hillenburg first announced and released the comics in 2011, and it was the first time he authored his own books. He said in a commentary that "I'm hoping that fans will enjoy finally having a SpongeBob comic book from me." Chris Duffy, the former Senior Editor of Nickelodeon Magazine, serves as Managing Editor of the comics. Hillenburg and Duffy met with various comic book writers and artists—including James Kochalka, Hilary Barta,Graham Annable, Gregg Schigiel, and Jacob Chabot—to contribute to each issues of the comics.
Hillenburg has stated in 2009 that he is developing two other TV projects that he does not want to discuss. Since 2010, Hillenburg has been working on a short film called Hollywood Blvd., USA for animation festivals. He called it a "personal film", and animated and painted it by himself. He videotaped "people walking" and animated it in walk cycles. In a 2012 interview, he said that "I hope to get [the film] done. It takes forever." He is "hoping" to finish the film "before this fall."
|Karen and Stephen Hillenburg in Brazil, taken in 2010. (The couple are in the leftmost)|
Hillenburg is married to Karen, a chef who teaches at a cooking school. The couple have a son named Clay (born 1998). Hillenburg had formerly resided in Pasadena, California, and currently lives with his family in San Marino in Southern California. His hobbies are surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving and playing "noisy rock music" on his guitar. He also paints "surreal seascapes" based on "something that's happened" and said that "there's something personal about it." Hillenburg is a big fan of the Australian band Tame Impala. He called them "these young guys reinvestigating psychedelic rock, and it does not seem ironic."
According to his colleagues, Hillenburg is "a perfectionist workaholic." Kenny called him "this sweet, soulful surfer/artist/animator/marine biologist." Julia Pistor, the producer of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and senior vice president of Nickelodeon Movies, said that "He's very shy. He doesn't want people to know about his life or family. He's just a really funny, down-to-earth guy with a dry sense of humor who puts his family first and keeps us on our toes in keeping our corporate integrity."
Hillenburg considers Jules Engel (1909–2003), his mentor at CalArts, his "Art Dad". Hillenburg was accepted by Engel into the institute because he was impressed with Hillenburg's previous work. During the production of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Engel died at 94. Hillenburg decided to dedicate the film in his memory and said that "He truly was the most influential artistic person in my life."
|Troy Walker's comic strip, published in 1992|
In 2007, Hillenburg was sued by cartoonist Troy Walker of Fairfield, California, claiming that the creator had stolen his ideas from his 1991 comic strip Bob Spongee, the Unemployed Sponge. Walker argued that the concept and design for Hillenburg's cartoon titular character was lifted from his "Bob Spongee" homemade toy character. In Walker's original concept, he 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 in flea markets and through the mail in 1992. Walker then produced 1,000 of the "drawn-on" dolls. He also stated that he had kept print advertisements that he ran in the Oakland Tribune for Bob Spongee. In 2002, after learning about the series created by Hillenburg shown on Nickelodeon, Walker concluded that "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, Nickelodeon, Paramount Studios, and parent company Viacom in a U.S. District Court in San Francisco. He had demanded $1.6 billion in damages, and alleged that the accused used his idea without his permission. He said that "They took all of it." Walker also pointed the show's pilot episode, "Help Wanted", (in which an unemployed SpongeBob gets his job at the Krusty Krab) as proof that the defendants stole his idea. He said in his complaint that "It is more than ironic that two working class sponges are named Bob. Both characters are unemployed. Both characters live in a house concept."
In a public statement, Viacom stated that they believed that Walker's claim is "baseless." A settlement conference between Walker and Viacom, filed on May 13, 2008, was conducted at the Northern District Federal Courts in San Francisco. As a conclusion, the court granted the defendants' motion for summary judgment.
|1991||The Green Beret||Director|
|2004||The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie||Director|
|2009||Square Roots: The Story of SpongeBob SquarePants||Himself||Documentary film|
|2015||SpongeBob SquarePants 2||Executive producer|
|TBA||Hollywood Blvd., USA||Director||Short film|
|1991||Mother Goose and Grimm||Writer|
|1993–1996||Rocko's Modern Life||Writer|
Creative director (1995–1996)
Storyboard director (1999)
|Potty the Parrot (2000–2004; voice)|
One of Hillenburg's early works Wormholes won at the Ottawa International Animation Festival for Best Concept in 1992. Hillenburg has been nominated for 15 Emmy Awards for SpongeBob SquarePants, and won in the category of Outstanding Special Class Animated Program in 2010. His show has also received several other awards and nominations, including 16 Annie Award nominations, out of which it has won six times, and four BAFTA Children's Award nominations, out of which it has won twice.
In 2001 Heal the Bay, an environmental advocacy non-profit organization, honored Hillenburg with its highest honor, the Walk the Talk Award. He received the award for raising awareness of marine life among the public through SpongeBob SquarePants. In 2002, the National Cartoonists Society bestowed him the Television Animation Award. That same year, he also received the Statue Award in film from the Princess Grace Foundation. Hillenburg has appeared on the cover of the Current Biography magazine for its April 2003 issue.
|1992||Ottawa International Animation Festival||Best Concept||Wormholes||Won|
|2001||Heal the Bay||Walk the Talk||Won|
|2002||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Children's Program||SpongeBob SquarePants||Nominated|
|2002||Princess Grace Foundation||Statue Award||Won|
|2002||National Cartoonists Society||Television Animation Award||Won|
|2002||Television Critics Association Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
|2003||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour)||SpongeBob SquarePants|
for "New Student Starfish" and "Clams"
|2003||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Cartoon||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
|2004||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour)||SpongeBob SquarePants|
for "SpongeBob B.C. (Before Comedy)"
|2004||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Cartoon||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
|2004||Golden Satellite Awards||Best Animated or Mixed Media Feature||The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie||Nominated|
|2005||Annecy International Animated Film Festival||Special Award||SpongeBob SquarePants|
for "Fear of a Krabby Patty"
|2005||Annie Awards||Best Animated Television Production||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
|2005||Annie Awards||Best Animated Feature||The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie||Nominated|
|2005||Annie Awards||Directing in a Feature Production||For The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie||Nominated|
|2005||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour)||SpongeBob SquarePants|
for "Fear of a Krabby Patty" and "Shell of a Man"
|2005||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Cartoon||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
|2005||Television Critics Association Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming||SpongeBob SquarePants||Nominated|
|2005||Golden Trailer Awards||Best Animation/Family||The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie||Nominated|
|2005||Golden Trailer Awards||Most Original||The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie||Nominated|
|2005||Young Artist Award||Best Family Feature Film – Animation||The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie||Nominated|
|2006||MTV Russia Movie Awards||Best Animated Film||The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie||Nominated|
|2006||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Cartoon||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
|2007||British Academy Children's Awards||International Category||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
|2007||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour)||SpongeBob SquarePants|
for "Bummer Vacation" and "Wigstruck"
|2007||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Cartoon||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
|2007||Television Critics Association Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming||SpongeBob SquarePants||Nominated|
|2008||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour)||SpongeBob SquarePants|
for "The Inmates of Summer" and "The Two Faces of Squidward"
|2008||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Cartoon||SpongeBob SquarePants||Nominated|
|2008||Philippines Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Cartoon||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
|2009||ASTRA Awards||Favourite International Program||SpongeBob SquarePants||Nominated|
|2009||British Academy Children's Awards||International Category||SpongeBob SquarePants||Nominated|
|2009||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Cartoon||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
|2009||Indonesia Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Cartoon||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
|2009||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Animated Show||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
|2010||British Academy Children's Awards||International Category||SpongeBob SquarePants||Nominated|
|2010||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Special Class Animated Program||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
|2010||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Cartoon||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
|2010||Kids' Choice Awards Mexico||Favorite Cartoon||SpongeBob SquarePants||Nominated|
|2010||Indonesia Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Cartoon||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
|2010||TP de Oro||Best Children and Youth Program||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
|2011||Annie Awards||Best Animated Television Production for Children||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
|2011||ASCAP Film and Television Awards||Top Television Series||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
|2011||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Short-format Animated Program||SpongeBob SquarePants|
for "That Sinking Feeling"
|2011||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Cartoon||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
|2011||Indonesia Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Cartoon||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
|2011||Kids' Choice Awards Argentina||Favorite Cartoon||SpongeBob SquarePants||Nominated|
|2011||TP de Oro||Best Children and Youth Program||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
|2012||ASCAP Film and Television Awards||Top Television Series||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
|2012||British Academy Children's Awards||International Category||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
|2012||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Children's Animated Program||SpongeBob SquarePants||Nominated|
|2012||Producers Guild of America||Children's Program||SpongeBob SquarePants||Nominated|
|2012||Kids' Choice Awards Mexico||Favorite Cartoon||SpongeBob SquarePants||Nominated|
|2012||Kids' Choice Awards Argentina||Favorite Cartoon||SpongeBob SquarePants||Nominated|
|2013||Annecy International Animated Film Festival||Special Award for a TV Series||SpongeBob SquarePants|
for "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!"
|2013||Annie Awards||Best Animated Television Production for Children||SpongeBob SquarePants||Nominated|
|2013||ASCAP Film and Television Awards||Top Television Series||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
|2013||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Animation||SpongeBob SquarePants||Nominated|
|2013||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Cartoon||SpongeBob SquarePants||Won|
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