Most double-length episodes of the show are hosted by a live action pirate named Patchy and his pet parrot Potty, whose segments are presented in a dual narrative with the animated stories.
The series predominantly takes place in the benthic underwater city of Bikini Bottom which, according to some third-party sources, is located in the Pacific Ocean beneath the real-life coral reef known as Bikini Atoll.
Recurring establishments present in Bikini Bottom include two competing restaurants, the Krusty Krab and the Chum Bucket; Mrs. Goo Lagoon, a popular beach hangout, is within the vicinity of the city, as is Jellyfish Fields.
When the crew began production on the pilot, they were tasked with designing the stock locations where "the show would return to again and again, and in which most of the action would take place, such as the Krusty Krab and Sponge Bob's pineapple house".
He created a precursor to Sponge Bob Square Pants: a comic book titled The Intertidal Zone, which was used by the institute to teach visiting students about the animal life of tide pools.
While working as a staff artist at the Ocean Institute, Hillenburg entertained plans of eventually returning to college for a master's degree in art.
He enjoys playing the clarinet and painting self-portraits, but hates his job as a cashier.
Another close friend of Sponge Bob is Sandy Cheeks, a squirrel from Texas.
Because of the tiki influence on the show, the background painters use a lot of pattern." Series creator Stephen Hillenburg first became fascinated with the ocean as a child.
After graduating in 1984, he joined the Ocean Institute, an organization in Dana Point, California, dedicated to educating the public about marine science and maritime history.
While Hillenburg was there, his love of the ocean began to influence his artistry.
The majority of Plankton's plans come from his intelligent yet sarcastic computer wife Karen, who is more competent and less conceited than him.
When Sponge Bob is not working at the Krusty Krab, he can often be found at Mrs.
Nickelodeon held a preview for the series in the United States on May 1, 1999, following the television airing of the 1999 Kids' Choice Awards. It has received worldwide critical acclaim since its premiere and gained enormous popularity by its second season.