SpongeBob Squarepants lives in a pineapple under the sea and presumably watches cartoons made similar to that of he, but it turns out he loves to watch Breaking Bad.
Well, at least the man who gives a voice to SpongeBob loves to watch Breaking Bad. According to People, Tom Kenny admitted that he is way behind in joining the show’s huge fan base. The popular show started in 2008 and ended in 2013.
“My 17-year-old and I just started watching Breaking Bad, but we’re like five years behind everyone else.”
SpongeBob, or Tom Kenny, also admitted something not so surprising to People at The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water premiere in New York City on Saturday.
“Cartoons are almost 100 percent of my TV viewing.”
While it would seem as though SpongeBob Squarepants and Breaking Bad would have nothing in common whatsoever, they both can boast huge numbers of loyal fans. Of course, SpongeBob‘s fans tend to be a bit younger, but it has been known to reel in adults as well, especially since the cartoon show has been on for 18 years.
Kenny, 52, cannot believe how the show has impacted so many people.
“We have some adult fans now too who grew up with the show, and some of them have kids of their own. So I hear a lot of things like, ‘You were the soundtrack of my childhood,’ ‘You’re the voice I hear in my head,’ ‘My childhood with my parents was really good and you’re a part of it,’ ‘My childhood was horrible and you were what I escaped into.’ You realize that cartoons and comedy are really healing forces in the world.”
The voice of SpongeBob explained how he never knew how the cartoon would be accepted.
“When we made the first seven-minute short, which was in 1997, all I knew was that I liked it a lot and that I thought it was funny and people I showed it to on a VHS cassette thought it was funny,” Tom Kenny said. “Some people, including my dad, were like, ‘This is gonna be a hit,’ and I was like, ‘Eh, who knows?'”
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water hits theaters on February 6, and for those who need a dose of serious adult crime drama afterward, Breaking Bad is available on Netflix. A spinoff and a prequel to the drama, entitled Better Call Saul, may be seen on February 8, 2015 on AMC.
[Image via Nickelodeon]