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The Sponge Bob Story


Have you ever wondered where the crazy story about a ‘pants’ wearing sponge,  who lives in a pineapple under the sea, came from? Well this phenomenal success has a great history and series writer from Cartoon Network Richard Pursel will tell us all about it at Animae Caribe Festival this week.

Richard parents encouraged him to take lessons in music and art and animation was an early favorite.  As a child he always wanted to be a cartoonist to draw Bugs Bunny and other classic characters.  His big break was as a production assistant on Steven Spielberg’s Tiny Toon Adventures.

After two years on Tiny Toons Richard was hired at Spümco cartoon studio as part of the creative team, drawing and writing for Nickelodeon’s Ren & Stimpy Show.  In a studio top-heavy with drawing talent, Richard gravitated toward story telling, and achieved the distinction of head writer in an artist-run company. 

He earned his first Emmy nomination for writing the heart-rending Ren & Stimpy holiday special, “Son of Stimpy.” After six years at Spümco, Richard worked as story editor for the ‘Cow and Chicken’ and ‘I Am Weasel’ cartoon series at Hanna-Barbera. 

His writing and drawing for that series earned him a second Emmy nomination.  Universal Cartoons followed where he helped re-vamp Woody Woodpecker then came his most successful stint as staff writer for Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. Pursel’s first animated 3D feature is a Mexican/American co-production called, El Americano set for theatrical release in March 2015. For details on his talks check the website