vanoss: “Can I have everybody’s attention? … I have to use the bathroom.” moo: “Can’t have dirty garbage!” wildcat: “I wumbo, you wumbo, he-she-me wumbo! Wumboing, wumbology, the study of wumbo!” mini: “Oh well, I guess I’m not wearing any pants today!” panda: “The inner machinations of my mind are an enigma.” smii7y: "You don’t pay me. We don’t even exist. We’re just a clever visual metaphor used to personify the abstract concept of thought.“ scotty: “Fine, but I guess you’re gonna’ miss… the panty raid.” terroriser: "The boy cries you a sweater of tears… and you kill him.” basically: “Did you hear about the goldfish that went bankrupt? Now he’s a bronze fish.” nogla: “Oh, so this is the thanks I get for working overtime?” lui: “Which one of you flatfoots stole my lollipop?” delirious: “Every. Villain. Is. Lemons.” cartoonz: “When in doubt, pinky out.” ohm: “Firmly grasp it. In your hand.” bryce: “Can I be excused for the rest of my life?”
Let me take a look at it. Hmmm. You know what the problem is?
You got it set to [points to the M] 'M' for Mini when it should be set to [turns M around] 'W' for Wumbo.
Anderson, I don't think Wumbo is a real word.Anderson: Come on! You know... I wumbo, You wumbo, He she me...wumbo? Wumbo, wumboing, we'll have the wumbo, Wumborama... Wumbology, the study of wumbo? It's first grade, Moriarty!
I wonder if a fall from this height could be enough to kill me.
Wumbo, you know: I wumbo, you wumbo, he, she, we wumbo! Wumboed, wumboing, wumbology... The study of WUMBO!
Marshall was fairly confused, and as his headache was setting it he began to curse. “Listen, take the wumbo and put it up ya ass for all I care, my heads hurtin’ a fuckin’ storm.” He grumbles, frowning.
May I take your hat sir? May I take your haaaaat sir?
I'll have you know that I stubbed my toe while watering my spice gardens last week and I only cried for twenty minutes.
Well, it's no secret that the best thing about a secret, is secretly telling someone your secret, thereby adding another secret to their secret collection of secrets, secretly.
I was born with glass bones and paper skin. Every morning I break my legs, and every afternoon I break my arms. At night, I lie awake in agony until my heart attacks put me to sleep.
Keep going! You're good you're good you're good you're good-
First, you must acquire a taste for free-form jazz.
Sounds like a lot of hoopla!
Bring it arooooound town!
The sash ringing... flash singing... bash pinging... THE HASH SLINGING SLASHER!!!
I wumbo, you wumbo, he, she, we wumbo, wumboing, wombology, the study of wumbo. I mean, it's first grade, Spongebob.
Remember, licking doorknobs is illegal on other planets.
If I had a dollar for every brain you don't have, I'd have one dollar.
Bun down, lettuce, pickle, shoe, mustard, pan, bun... NO!
CONSULT THE MAGIC CONCH
Oh, but I will. Even if I have to come back tomorrow. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day.
I wumbo, you wumbo, he she we wumbo. Wumbo. Wumboing. Wumbology, the study of wumbo!
Lmao here we go.
• “Is it really necessary to sing the Krusty Krab Pizza song every time we go out for pizza?”
• “As much as I appreciate the wave of childhood nostalgia, showing up at my door with chocolate and saying ‘I love you’ with a creepy smile just isn’t gonna cut it.”
• “Who’re you callin’ pinhead?”
• “We were getting intimate and saying dirty things and you called me ‘Dirty Dan’ and I’m so turned off right now that it isn’t even funny.”
• Your OTP/OT3/OTP+ has a sleepover which consists of marathoning SpongeBob and eating Lucky Charms in sleeping bags in the floor.
• “You were drunk and came up to me at a party singing the 'Striped Sweater’ song.” (Bonus if neither of them is even wearing a striped sweater.)
• “No offense but you drive like SpongeBob please let me out of this car I think I’m going to vomit”
• “what the HECK do you MEAN Cartoon Network is better than Nickelodeon FIGHT ME”
• “You live a few doors down in this apartment complex and all you can play on your piano is Nickelodeon theme songs everyone else thinks it’s annoying but I came over to request Hey Arnold”
• Your OTP/OT3/OTP+ decides to actually spend a day “Livin’ Like Larry”. What happens is up to you.
For the past few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about Spongebob. I saw and really enjoyed the new movie, and my friends and I reminisced about our favorite memories of the show. Surely it was a very enjoyable and funny cartoon from our childhoods.
But is that ALL it is? A good memory? A fun after-school diversion? In my opinion, no - and I believe a lot of us take good old Spongebob for granted.
I am 19 years old, and there were plenty of great cartoons on the air during my childhood. Dexter’s Laboratory, Rugrats, Powerpuff Girls, Invader Zim, Courage the Cowardly Dog, the list goes on. Chances are if you take a bunch of people from the age group that grew up with these shows and talk about one of these cartoons, at least a few of them will be able to fondly remember moments from the show and get a bit of nostalgia out of it.
But this is why Spongebob is special. I just graduated high school, but back when I was still there, the number of people that remember Spongebob and got references to it was much bigger than that of pretty much any other shows combined. Let’s say you went up in front of the class and quoted something from, oh, Powerpuff Girls. I’m willing to bet at least one or two kids in a class of about 35 would understand the reference. On the flip side, people have quoted old Spongebob episodes numerous times in my high school classes throughout the years. And how many students generally understood and laughed at the reference?
Almost all of them.
See, the writing in the first three seasons of Spongebob was so clever, interesting, strange, and downright funny, that a lot of us have tons of these jokes ingrained in our memories, whether we realize it or not. Just think about how many unforgettable moments of silliness that show provided us.
“Ravioli ravioli, give me the formu-oli!"
"WE STOLE A BALLOON!”
“The Krusty Krab Pizza - is the pizza -for you and me!"
"Sounds like a lot of - HOOPLAAAA."
"Is mayonnaise an instrument?"
"Wumbology? The study of Wumbo?"
"Welcome to the Salty Spitoon, how tough are ya?”
And of course, “FIRMLY GRASP IT!”
If you’re around my age, I’m willing to bet you recognized a few, if not ALL of those quotes. Can you think of any other show that has such a wide spread of popularity? How many shows can you quote in a large crowd with confidence that someone will get it? I can’t think of another show with this quality on the level of Spongebob.
And we remember this show so vividly because it was so genuinely funny. I can sit down and watch pretty much any episode from the first three seasons and laugh just as hard as I did when I was a kid. And in some cases, I laugh even harder than I did back then. The humor in this show was often, to be frank, very stupid. But any show can be stupid, and most stupid shows don’t succeed on such a huge level. Shows like Uncle Grandpa, Breadwinners, and Fanboy & Chum Chum have tons of stupid humor and crazy characters, but they don’t receive nearly as much love as Spongebob does. Why is that? It’s because writing stupid humor, contrary to what many people might think, takes skill. A lot of skill. To make something stupid AND funny, it requires a special talent - knowing just the right inflections to put in the voices, just the right amount of spontaneity in the events unfolding, just the right sound and animation to accompany it, and just the right amount of…zaniness.
It’s hard to put into words how this humor stands out to me, so let’s see an example. In one scene, Spongebob is walking along the beach, and he’s cheerfully singing about it. If you were told to write a scene like that, what would you have him sing? Because I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have been that little “Steppin’ on the beach, DOOT DOOT DOOT DOOO” ditty they came up with (couldn’t put video here because of technical issues). You get what I mean? Some of these jokes were just nuts, and I don’t know how human beings came up with them. It’s just the right level of weirdness that makes me bust a gut laughing.
This may have turned into a bit of a ramble, but that’s just because of how many amazing memories I have of this show. And unlike a lot of shows, when I watch those classic episodes again in my adult years, it has not even become _slightly _less funny than it was as a kid. It is still a treasure. Though as you can probably gather, I’m only referring to seasons 1 through 3 in this entire post, because frankly, everything afterwards ranks from just average to absolute garbage. But I won’t dwell on that. The first three seasons are the true Spongebob to me, an entirely different beast from what is on today. There hasn’t been a single show that left a bigger impact on my sense of humor. It is an incredible show.
So the next time someone tries to write off Spongebob as obnoxious, or stupid, or just kids’ stuff, take a moment to consider that those childhood laughs may have been a bit more well-deserved than you thought.