[Culture and Entertainment] Stephen Hillenburg obituary

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From Anthony Hayward:

Animator and producer who created the children’s TV series SpongeBob SquarePants

The animator and producer Stephen Hillenburg, who has died of motor neurone disease aged 57, combined his love of drawing and marine biology to create the undersea world of Bikini Bottom inhabited by the eponymous hero of the children’s animated TV series SpongeBob SquarePants.

Bikini Bottom, under a coral reef in the Pacific, is also populated by two pets in SpongeBob’s pineapple house, the snail Gary and scallop Shelley; the ill-tempered octopus Squidward Tentacles, his next-door neighbour and fellow worker at the fast-food restaurant the Krusty Krab; his loyal but not so smart friend Patrick the starfish, living under a rock; the miserly red crab and single parent Mr Krabs, who runs the restaurant and speaks like a sailor; and the crustacean Plankton, who runs a less successful rival restaurant, the Chum Bucket.

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