Generally, children’s animated programs, features, and films, to name a few, do little to educate today’s youth about their environment. Many movies and shows that promote marine organisms and ecosystems, to some extent, such as Finding Nemo and Spongebob Squarepants, but do not thoroughly educate about the ocean and the major influence it has in sustaining life. Spongebob Squarepants, one of the more popular shows among children that depict marine life, distorts the truth about sponges. For example, Spongebob, the main character of Spongebob Squarepants is a mobile, talking sponge with limbs and lives in a house… yet Spongebob, appears to be a manufactured loofa, or man-made sponge used in ordinary cleaning unlike the thousands of Proiferans or sponges. Children can be misinformed, believing actual sponges are animated, contrary to their stationary, non-verbal nature. Although Spongebob Squarepants is made solely for entertainment, the program does not need to lack in educational value. With the purpose of educating children about the value of reefs and its ecosystems, an episode featuring Spongebob in a more realistic barrier reef, including actual poriferans , could be educational as well as entertaining. My resolution, in the form of a script and storyboard for the television program Spongebob Squarepantsfun, presented.
Gordaki Moore, ’07 Chicago , IL
Sponsor: Christie Schneider