Goodbye Stephen Hillenberg. (21 August 1961 - 26 November 2018) Rest in peace to heaven my favorite man. Even you're gone, SpongeBob will always be remembered, and so as the SB fans. Thank you for making me a Goofy Goober for over 15 years.
Stephen Hillenburg Passes Away at 57
Posted 28 November 2018 - 03:06 PM
Rest in peace to a man who created something truly special, something that will be remembered by many, including me, for years to come. I was introduced to SpongeBob in the earlier years of my childhood. It sparked a lifelong love of animation in general, and still inspires many of the things I create and do. Even though I've went through several different interests over the years, SB has always been one of the few things that I consistently come back to, because of how it captivated me as a young lad, and still, especially now, continues to surprise me at 19 years old.
Farewell, Hillenburg. You'll always be number one in my heart.
Posted 28 November 2018 - 04:37 PM
Posted 28 November 2018 - 05:03 PM
I haven't been on this forum very long but I just had to pay my respects. I am just in shock right now. I knew he had a deadly disease but I wasn't ready for this news at all. We are very fortunate that Mr. Hillenburg worked on Spongebob for as long as he did. I wish he could've lived a bit longer but at least he's no longer in pain. Stephen will always live on through Spongebob and I wish I could've had the opportunity to thank him for making Spongebob. I was 7 years old when Spongebob first came out but don't think I caught the premiere. I vaguely remember seeing "Naughty Nautical Neighbors" as a kid so Spongebob has always been part of my childhood. I'm heartbroken. Stephen will be missed. Rest in peace, Mr. Hillenburg.
Posted 28 November 2018 - 06:46 PM
He had finally returned to the series to make it good again, only to pass away just three years later.
But the saddest thing? He came so close to actually seeing Spongebob turn 20. And seeing as how the 10th Anniversary was trash, he could’ve actually had the chance to help make the 20th better.
2018 has just taken its fifth legend with it.
Posted 28 November 2018 - 08:56 PM
Even though he isn't alive physically, his legacy lives on, and it will continue to live on for centuries to come. Without him, we wouldn't have this site, and we wouldn't have met each other, so I am 101% thankful for this man, and he was a very humble man. He loved what he did, and he did it as happily as can be. Stephen Hillenburg has brought the millions, or heck, maybe BILLIONS total of us together, whether or not it was online. This has really hit me hard, especially when a man so innocent and caring, not only abot his work, but also, his family and friends, could go like this with such an awful illness Mr. Hillenburg, I want to let you know that without you, your shows, and you artwork, I would not be as passionate about art as I and a lot of us are today.
With sincere gratitude, I thank you for all of your works You will be missed, and you will NOT be forgotten
R.I.P. Stephen M. Hillenburg (1961-2018)
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Posted 28 November 2018 - 09:49 PM
Man.. the guy was literally so inspiring. Although I never met him personally except for the voice actors, he was the coolest guy a kid could look up to. Growing up this was my absolute favorite cartoon and still holds an importance of how I grew up and even met online people who I call best friends now. This is so heartbreaking and happened so fast. RIP to one of Nick’s top legends. You will be heavily missed Mr. Hillenburg.
He's not just ONE OF Nickelodeon's top legends. He is THE NUMBER ONE Nickelodeon legend. No one can beat him.
Posted 28 November 2018 - 10:22 PM
I figured I should come out of hiding to pay my respects.
As a child wanting to learn more about animation and the television industry, Stephen Hillenburg was one of my heroes. I thought it was incredible that you could make a living doing what you loved, and that you could possibly create the greatest show ever by drawing inspiration from your surroundings.
As a grown adult, having gone through film school and having worked in television production for several years, I have more respect for him as a human being. Television is a grind. It's a lot more vicious than it seems, and for many reasons, those who reach the heights that he did aren't always the nicest or most compassionate. But Stephen was. One can only hope to brighten as many lives as he did.
Davy Jones' locker may not receive a finer soul. Rest easy, Stephen.
Posted 30 November 2018 - 09:48 PM
Well, it’s rare that news like this - about someone I didn’t actually know - causes such pause.
But we all knew him, right? Mr. Hillenburg clearly shared a part of himself in his work, and that's what made it so good.
To echo most others, that his creation resulted in the creation of this place is not lost on us, and to see so many members return, even briefly, speaks to his impact.
It’s rare for me to find something that lasts from a television show, and yet here we are. SpongeBob is inspirational. SpongeBob is formative. Every morning the first thing I tell myself is: I’m ready.
Posted 01 December 2018 - 10:46 AM
Oh my gosh, I didn't even know about this until I saw it just now...I can't believe it...Please rest in peace, Stephen, you didn't deserve to die this young.
How incredibly terrible. I'll always remember him for having created such a brilliant show.
Also, if this wasn't one of the most hard-hitting things I've heard this year, I don't know what is.
Posted 01 December 2018 - 06:34 PM
Alright after a few days of processing everything, I've come back to pay my proper respects. Anyone that happens to follow my DA or art Tumblr will probably recognize what I'm about to say since I wrote it there too, but well... this already sums up my feelings pretty well, so here it goes:
"Yeah... he's in a better place."
Posted 05 December 2018 - 03:41 AM
I don't post on here anymore but SpongeBob was a part of my childhood
Hillenburg is the person who changed Nickelodeon (whether that was for the better or worse is for you to decide) and the network wouldn't be the same without his creation
Although I'm no longer going to watch the show I do respect the contributions it has made over the years
R.I.P Stephen Hillenburg
Thank you for making SpongeBob SquarePants!
Posted 07 December 2018 - 05:19 PM
I just saw the movie, and then the special features after...man, that guy looked so healthy. ALS a real dolphin noise. Anyway, it was pretty sad and watching those 3 features really opened my eyes a little as to how much went into this cartoon that has entertained millions
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