Tag: SpongeBob Squarepants

  • Dad Jokes, Puns and Related Words

    Dad Jokes, Puns and Related Words

    PUNS Puns are often simple wordplay for comedic or rhetorical effect. DAD JOKES Puns are at the heart of “Dad Jokes”, though in Dad Jokes, the “dad” generally pretends he doesn’t understand the speaker’s intended meaning. The Dad feigns stupidity, the Victim knows he’s only playing stupid, and the joke succeeds if it elicits a groan from the Victim. The…

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  • Burglar Bill by Janet and Allan Ahlberg Analysis

    Burglar Bill by Janet and Allan Ahlberg Analysis

    Burglar Bill is a picture book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, first published in 1977. There are a number of picture books about burglars who break into houses at night, one of a child’s greatest fears going to sleep. Burglars can be found all across children’s literature. (Enid Blyton loved burglars.)

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  • Extra Yarn by Barnett and Klassen Analysis

    Extra Yarn by Barnett and Klassen Analysis

    Extra Yarn (2012) is a picture book written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen. Although this is a contemporary story, it utilises fairytale tropes, in a mostly fairytale setting.

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  • Tad by Benji Davies

    Tad by Benji Davies

    Tad (2019) is a picture book written and illustrated by Benji Davies. This is an especially good mentor text for illustrators because I’ve never seen a better example of a fairly muted colour scheme that suddenly pops after the page turn at the end. I literally said, “Wow!”

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  • Poof and Worm-Hoop Part One

    Poof The Old Lady is a graphic novel created by two neurodiverse ten-year-olds. The running gag is that an old lady by the name of Poof goes Poof! at the end of each story. But she comes alive before the next. The creators are best friends at school, and they both like to read and watch cartoons. They count among…

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  • Humour Study: Overly Literal Characters

    Humour Study: Overly Literal Characters

    Humorous stories about characters who find themselves in strife after taking instructions too literally are old stock comedy fodder. One of the earliest recorded in Europe is the fairytale Clever Hans — an ironic title, because Hans is a fool. Hans does something stupid, his mother tells him to do it differently next time. But when Hans applies the previous…

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  • Story Structure: Anagnorisis

    Story Structure: Anagnorisis

    Anagnorisis is a moment in a work of fiction when a character makes a critical discovery. Even for plotters rather than pantsers, this is the part of writing that often emerges in the process of storycrafting.

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  • Humour Writing And Spongebob Squarepants

    Humour Writing And Spongebob Squarepants

    SpongeBob Squarepants is a fast-paced children’s cartoon for a dual audience, written by a guy who is also a marine biologist. This is a highly successful and long-running show, with humour that broadly appeals. This series has been running since 1999. Critics say the show has been declining in quality in the last few years, which is what critics also…

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  • Story Structure: New Situation And Extrapolated Ending

    The ‘New Situation’ describes the part of a story also known as the ‘denouement’. The audience is left with a sense of what the main character’s life will be like from now on. This comes right after the anagnorisis (realisation) sequence. The main character has undergone a change (unless it’s a comedy) and their life will be better than before,…

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  • Story Structure: Character Desire

    Story Structure: Character Desire

    Kurt Vonnegut famously advised writers: Characters must want something, even if it’s just a glass of water. 

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  • We Bare Bears Storytelling

    We Bare Bears Storytelling

    We Bare Bears is a Cartoon Network show for kids which has a very high rating on IMDb. This is a sure sign it also appeals heavily to the users of IMDb, i.e. youngish men. In short, We Bare Bears has achieved a dual audience, and is therefore in the same league as Spongebob Squarepants, Silver Fang, Gravity Falls and…

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  • Humour In Children’s Stories

    Founding editor of The Onion wants to help with the job of learning the write comedy. Stephen Johnson argues that every joke falls into one of 11 categories. At first glance this sounds like the ‘Seven Basic Plots’ idea, which is a pretty unhelpful way of looking at story if you’re harbouring hopes of telling one — forget whether there’s…

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  • Ocean Symbolism In Storytelling

    Ocean Symbolism In Storytelling

    The ocean contains multivalent symbolism — the known and the unknown; surface versus deep. The Ocean Surface The thing about the ocean surface is, unlike a landscape equivalent, the desert, you should be a little worried about what’s hiding underneath. That’s because humans are terrified of isolation, and through fable and folklore we populate every imaginary space with creatures and…

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  • The Mechanical Behaviour Of Fussbudgets In Comedy

    The Mechanical Behaviour Of Fussbudgets In Comedy

    Fussbudgets, sticklers, officious types, whatever you want to call them — comedy gold. An essential component of the fussbudget is mechanical behaviour.  We’ve all had run-ins with them, which makes the comedy aspect universal. MECHANICAL BEHAVIOUR ON SCREEN This gag plays out especially well visually, so you’ll see it in many films and TV shows. TV Tropes calls these characters…

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  • The Carnivalesque in Children’s Literature

    The Carnivalesque in Children’s Literature

    Children’s literature academic Maria Nikolajeva categorises children’s fiction into three general forms: prelapsarian, carnivalesque and postlapsarian. Prelapsarian means ‘before the fall’. Postlapsarian means after the fall. This post deals with the in-between category: stories in which characters temporarily take over from figures of authority and often make mischief, but control their own worlds for a time. These stories don’t conform…

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