The self-aware brand of comedy is literally everywhere now. It can be amazing, but mostly right now it's just totally cynical and pessimistic. However, Spongebob, which we all grew up with, know, love, and were highly influenced by, is different. The absurdist humor feels so much more wholesome because it's rooted in so much optimism. The Spongebob franchise simply has a big heart. There's rarely anything in the media these days that basically anyone can identify with as easy as these cartoons, whether a screencap that became this month's new Twitter meme or a reference to the band geeks episode.
This type of genuine, cultural solidarity and connection is hard to come by nowadays. It's so important. Thank you for that, and so much more Stephen. Your legacy lives on in the joyful laughs me and my friends shared watching this surrealist masterpiece of a movie today.