I don’t think any of use saw this one coming. I excepted a real turkey of and episode due to the time of the year.
I found myself reflecting on why Disney imposed a 65 episode cap on cartoons they produced. For one, it allows the show to be rerun five days a week with a variety of episodes that don’t air more than five times a year and the popularity of the series can at least allow for future movies or specials and maybe even a relaunch of the series if the demand was there for it.
Nickelodeon’s approach on the other hand has been if something is still successful, they keep going with it and going with it, no matter how many people come and go to keep it on the air. And what you say about the change of writers over the years nails why Spongebob isn’t as good as it once was, all they do is take what they have and overemphasize what the first generation of viewers liked because that’s all they are allowed to do.
I think in many respects, I don’t think the people currently working on Spongebob truly care about what they are working on, they are just using the show to score points with their resume so that they are in a better position to take on a new opportunity when the time comes around.
One thing that’s subtle with Spongebob, but upon second glance seems to be the case, is the voice. It got higher pitched over the seasons, to the point where it became like nails on a chalkboard. This is also true for Lois Griffin, in Family Guy, if you listen and compare them a few times.
Maybe it’s very small, but I find Spongebob’s current voice to just be too high, and therefore obnoxious and almost painful to hear.The second movie even has a small joke where Plankton is interrogated by listening to Spongebob’s laughter.
Makes me happy that Tom Kenny got to branch out and continue doing varied roles. Granted, Brickleberry was a step backwards for everyone, despite him being the most seasoned voice actor in it, but he more than makes up for it as the Ice King on Adventure Time.