Summary of “The Young Man and the Sea Sponge”

Tom Kenny, the voice actor behind SpongeBob’s perpetually enthused munchkin tones has always delighted in the show’s abundance of positive energy.
Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, was 14 when he went scuba diving for the first time.
“SpongeBob should be cool and wear sun glasses and surf,” while another knowledgeably informed Hillenburg that “Pirates were out.”
Burger King wanted SpongeBob flipping burgers on a Burger King-style flame broiler, and Target wanted to market its SpongeBob products with the slogan, “It’s hip to be square,” which Hillenburg coolly rejected on the basis that SpongeBob wasn’t hip.
Like everyone else, Hillenburg started seeing SpongeBob everywhere.
In 2015, as if sensing there was a need for some course correction, Hillenburg took a more active role behind the scenes of SpongeBob SquarePants.
In 2019 so far, Nickelodeon has announced the launch of a dedicated SpongeBob YouTube channel, a new mobile game, a new toy line, SpongeBob Nike sneakers, the SpongeBob Smarty Pants Game Show, collaborations with designer Cynthia Rowley and artists Romero Britto and Jon Burgerman and the Pantone Color Institute – who inaugurated the color “SpongeBob Yellow” – and SpongeBob cosmetics.
Clancy Brown, who voices Mr. Krabs, likened the experience to “Having sex with the lights on.” And, in addition to the new feature film, It’s a Wonderful Sponge, slated for release in 2020, Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins – calling SpongeBob SquarePants “Our Marvel universe” – has promised spin-off shows.

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Summary of “‘BoJack Horseman’ to ‘Rick and Morty’: Inside the Rise of Animated Comedy”

Bob-Waksberg’s critically hailed Netflix comedy – is building on a trail blazed by shows like Fox’s The Simpsons and FXX’s Archer – and has helped the genre break free of a stigma that came with cartoons like The Flintstones and The Jetsons.
The genre, which also includes Emmy-winning comedies Bob’s Burgers and Rick and Morty, continues to explore darker subjects that reflect issues in the world today.
Bob-Waksberg is adding to his Netflix slate with Tuca and Bertie, starring Tiffany Haddish, and Amazon’s Undone, with the latter set to bow next year as its first half-hour adult animated comedy.
Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland, fresh off an Emmy win and massive 70-episode renewal for the Adult Swim comedy, also earned a two-season order for Solar Opposites, which will join a Hulu library that includes Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy and South Park.
The push comes as streamers have turned their focus to building up animation after helping to drastically change the market for live-action scripted originals and stand-up comedy specials.
Animated comedies continue to be in high demand as they are typically cheaper to produce than live-action scripted originals, can better accommodate busy stars juggling multiple projects and are more prone to co-viewing among families.
Bob’s Burgerscreator Bouchard, who started his career at Comedy Central working on Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, credits the freedom networks allowed at the time to the fueling the genre’s creative spark.
On Amazon’s Undone, Bob-Waksberg is teaming with BoJack’s Kate Purdy, who won a WGA Award for her work on the Netflix comedy.

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Summary of “Can John Lasseter Ever Return to Disney?”

The acceptance speeches included thanks to many people, but one name was conspicuously omitted: John Lasseter, the absent chief creative officer of both pillars of Disney’s animation empire.
Lasseter, 61, was on what Disney described as a six-month “Sabbatical”; in an October memo to staff announcing the leave, he had acknowledged unspecified “Missteps.” As The Hollywood Reporter first reported then, Lasseter was known by insiders for grabbing, kissing and making comments about physical attributes of women.
Now, with the six months of his leave drawing to a close, many animators are convinced that Lasseter will not return.
Insiders say Lasseter had amassed so much power that his underlings at one point told Iger they needed to check with Lasseter before carrying out Iger’s instructions.
Now if Lasseter returns, there is likely to be a negative reaction from some employees at Pixar and Disney who felt that Lasseter had bullied and belittled them and hogged credit for years.
Former Lasseter associates say for many years, Jobs was not the only governor on Lasseter’s engines.
For a time, Klubien and Lasseter went their separate ways; Lasseter met Ed Catmull, who invited him to work at a new Bay Area computer graphics unit within Lucasfilm.
In meetings on the project, Klubien says, Lasseter often seemed to echo things that he or Ranft had just said – but the person taking notes included only Lasseter’s words, making it appear that Lasseter had originated thoughts he was merely repeating.

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