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Author: MisterParadigm

Aspiring showrunner, television writer, and illustrator for animated television. Animation and Creative Writing graduate from IUPUI and Butler University.


Spongebob SquarePants: Bereaving The Good Years

While considering the introduction to this article, I came to realize that there is no need for an introduction. Nothing of Hillenburg’s profoundly successful series isn’t already well known by most of the world. Spongebob has taken the world by storm, and has remained at the top of the childrens’ cartoon game for years– likely to not change for some time, especially with the talk of the next feature-length motion picture in the works. But the success of Spongebob SquarePants is only a small part of this article. What I plan to discuss here is the development of the series, and what it has become today: Is Spongebob still as great as it once was?

Developing a Concept and Creating a Pitch Bible: Space Pirates

Space Pirates

Hello again, fellow cartoon connoisseurs. I’ll begin in noting that this article will be a good shot different than my previous regarding Seth MacFarlane’s integrity. This article will actually be about a cartoon that I personally, and a few friends of mine, have been working on for quite some time. I was advised, and even encouraged, to begin a serial about the exploits of an aspiring series creator, and weigh in what little tidbits of information I have on the process of pitching and creating and whatnot, and I do use the term “little” quite liberally.

Like many of you aspiring cartoonists, animators, and writers, I’ve been spanning the internet looking for great advice on how to get a show out in the open. And, like many of you, I am working with little to no funding. But these obstacles aren’t quite what I plan to talk primarily about. What information I do hold in good quantity is the actual development of a good concept. The obstacles noted above will more likely season the primary theme of this serial of articles.

The text presented between the bars is an outline of the series concept we have created. This will give you an idea of the development of a full series concept, and the most important things you will want to have ironed out before you create your pitch bible, which I will discuss later in this article. These are things like characters, setting, theme, and conflict. Read on to get a full flavor of a complete series concept.

Seth MacFarlane’s Integrity On The Fence

Seth MacFarlane

As we all know, MacFarlane came into the limelight when Fox approached him to create a new classic family-based cartoon for the network. The result of which was Family Guy, the catalyst for an empire led by the now highest paid television writer in the world. He wowed us, despite many considerations that it could never replace The Simpsons, a cartoon that was falling into it’s lesser successful twilight years (or so we, and Groening, thought) at the time Family Guy was in production. MacFarlane gave us a classic formula, but seasoned it with all new ideas for what a cartoon of this kind could bring to television and the animation world. He made his creative mark with a clever gag: the iconic Family Guy flashbacks that loosely tied into an episode’s actual plot, though at times with forced initiation in the writing. MacFarlane also brought back elements of television that had been missing for over ten years, the orchestral theme music. A passion of his that led to many humorous show tunes throughout the series, not the least of which was the profoundly hilarious and poignant “Fellas At The Freakin’ FCC.”

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