Where the barnacle where you 16 years ago from today when Spongebob Squarepants was two weeks away from making it's splash debut on Nickelodeon? Wherever you were, in the years that followed I hope you enjoyed the laughs and the abundance of life that Spongebob brought to the animated universe, as much as I did!
For this weeks [#ThrowbackThursday](tag:2798395) instalment I thought we'd check up on the Bikini Bottom bunch, and meet the voice actors who brought our our favorite sea dwellers to life.
Shall we get into it??? (this is the part where you say, AYE AYE, CAPTAIN)
First up, SPONGEBOB! Played by Tom Kenny
Tom Kenny is an American actor/comedian who became a household name for his role as Spongebob in the early 2000's. Kenny got his start doing stand up comedy before finally getting into Television. Among other roles, Kenny is responsible for playing the voices of Heffer in Rocko's Modern Life, Dog in Catdog, the narrator of The Powerpuff Girls, and more recently the Ice King in Adventure Time!
Bill Fagerbakke, aka Patrick Star
William Mark "Bill" Fagerbakke has had quite the eclectic career. He was a football star in college and played defensive lineman for the Idaho Vandals. This makes a bit of sense, as Fagerbakke played Marvin Erikson (Marshall's dad) for 11-episodes on How I Met Your Mother. Who, if you remember was a HUGE Minnesota Vikings fan! Bill Fagerbakke's resume is quite extensive. As he's made appearances in everything from Family Guy, to Halloween II! It seems Patrick was simply putting us on all along, for he knew one day he'd be destined for REAL stardom.
Rodger Bumpass, the one and only Squidward
Rodger Bumpass is the man behind the face of everyones favorite clarinet player, Squidward Tentacles. Squidward was always my favorite character (that's right I said it), so this man gets major props from me. But only a few, because Bumpass also graduated from my rival University, Arizona State, in 1976. Bumpass has done voice acting for quite a few recent Pixar films in recent year, most notably Lilo & Stich, Monsters University and Cars. In 2006, it was actually rumoured that Bumpass had passed away. His death was even verified on IMDB. Eventually Rodger came out of the shadows and debunked the rumours, Squidward style.
Clancy Brown, the voice of Mr. Krabs
Of all the Spongebob voice actors, Clandy Brown, the voice of Mr Krabs, has taken on some of the most serious live action roles. Aside from his contributions to the Spongebob franchise, he is most well known for his roles as Captain Byron Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption and Sergeant Zim in Starship Troopers! But that's not all, Clancy has also done voices for video game characters such as Dr. Neo Cortex in the original Crash Bandicoot , Hades in God of War III and Alderman Hughes in the more recent XBOX hit Saints Row! It seems as though Mr. Brown has been quite the busy man, wracking up dollars in all kinds of ways. I guess at the time he was the perfect pick to be a one, Eugene H. Krabs.
Douglas Lawrence, the original super villain!!
Douglas Lawrence Osowski is next on our list, he was the man behind the mischief as the voice of Sheldon Plankton. Along with his show mate Tom Kenny, Osowski also contributed to another Nickelodeon series, Rocko's Modern Life, as a writer and as the voice of Filburt. Douglas is also a very talented story board artist, and is responsible for the layouts in the second season of Ren and Stimpy. While Plankton may not have succeeded in his plans to take over the world, he sure left a lasting footprint at Nick studios and in the cartoon world.
Last but not least, Carolyn Lawrence aka Sandy Cheeks
Caroyln Lawrence, as I'm sure you've already surmised, was responsible for creating the voice of reason, Sandra "Sandy" Cheeks. Like he other counterparts on the show Lawrence also made contributions to other Nick shows - she was the voice of Cindy Vortex on Jimmy Neutron! Carolyn has also made her rounds in television, she was in Amélie in 2001, and even did voices for characters in the 2005 Resident Evil 4 video game - YIKES!
If there is any common trend between all of these voice actors and actresses, it is that they are all INCREDIBLY talented and all have a true love for story telling. I may not have a voice worth recording, but being a fan is good enough for me. I'm worried for the children of today, who will grow up NOT knowing who lived in a pineapple under the sea. It is OUR duty to keep these characters alive! So with that being said.
If you've got a bad case of nostalgia, share your own TBT post and tag it with [#ThrowbackThursday](tag:2798395) ! I look forward to seeing what you guys dig up.