Spongebob Squarepants and the Target Audience
A commentary on Spongebob Squarepants, one of the most highly-acclaimed children's cartoons of all time; and what it even means to be a "children's" cartoon in the first place. Was Spongebob successful because it was a kids' show, or in spite of it; and does that question even matter in the first place?
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Some sources: Stephen Hillenberg discussing the show, its original pitch, and its influence ten years after premiere: https://tbivision.com/2009/10/27/spon...
Op-ed discussing the impact of Squidward's character on the writer's personal struggle with PTSD and depression: http://www.mtv.com/news/3105538/why-s...
A video by YouTube user EmpLemon which makes some similar arguments to this one here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYu7Y...
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