First and Foremost!
Fan Expo is coming to Toronto. The annual event will hit the Metro Toronto Convention Centre this Thursday through Sunday, and yours truly hopes to be there on the Sunday. Not as an exhibitor mind you, but as an attendee. Just look for the tall bald guy in a Hawaiian shirt (that isn’t John Lasseter.) You know who else will be there? My best friend/designer-in-chief Peter N. Trinh and his brother Lucky. They will be unveiling the first bit of Perfume & Primer Caps. Everyone in Toronto should check it out. I also hope to make some videos to post for you to check out.
Now on to business…
He lives in a pineapple under the sea. He’s friends with a squirell and possibly the laziest starfish in the ocean. He’s also captured the imaginations of millions of people worldwide. I’m of course talking about the one and only Spongebob Squarepants.
The has been gripped in his yellow fever (wait…) and he wont relinquish his grip on us. We’re drawn to him like a krabby patty. Why do we like him so? What makes the show so likeable for adults as well as children? It all comes down to absurdity.
Everyone I know that doesn’t dig Spongebob, says that it’s way too stupid or silly. I always come back with, “Of course it is. It’s absurd humour.”
You’re trying to find meaning in this, but there is none. So just relax and laugh. Wacky antics can be funny. Celebrity cameos even funnier. Random cuts to Nosferatu. Yeah. That happened. everything on this show is way too silly. I didn’t even like it at first. But after watching it a few more times, it grew on me like algae.
So who’s behind Spongebob Squarepants? Nickelodeon. I would wager this is Nick’s most popular cartoon ever. I liked it way more than the even more absurd Ren & Stimpy.
So who’s the man giving us that glorious high-pitched squeal of the eponymous éponge? This man right here:
Tom Kenny. I talked about him briefly (very briefly) in my Mission Hill post. He’s a very talented man.
So all in all, why do I like Spongebob? Easy. The absurd comedy gets to me, and they throw in just enough pop culture references to keep me coming back. That and Sandy Cheeks. There’s something about her Aquanaut suit that makes me laugh so much.