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Μπομπ Σφουγγαράκης (also known as Μπομπ ο Σφουγγαράκης) is the Greek dub of SpongeBob SquarePants. It has previously aired on Channel 9, Alpha Kids, Star Channel, Alfa TV, RIK 2 and TeleTime, and it is currently airing on Nickelodeon in Greece and Cyprus.

Broadcast history

Alfa TV

This show, along with Rugrats, Clarissa Explains It All, The Journey of Allen Strange, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, The Angry Beavers, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, and Legends of the Hidden Temple, were the first shows to ever air on the Nickelodeon block, which would replace the K-T.V. one.[3] It would initially air on weekdays, on 7:30 am, 7:55 am, 11:30 am, and 3:30 pm, and on weekends, on 7:30 am and 12:30 am.

Alpha Kids

A few months before Alpha Digital's shutdown, the first two seasons of the show would air on 7:00 AM and 1:30 PM, and later on 7:30 AM and 1:00 PM.

Channel 9

The first season first aired on 2003, the second season on 2004, and the third one, premiered on the same year.

Controversy

During airings of the series on Channel 9 in November 2007, a time when the show was massively popular, ESR (The National Council for Radio and Television) started expressing its opinion that the show has controversial scenes with violence and sex and that SpongeBob is transexual, as "he passes most of the time with Patrick".[4]
The reaction of audiences and fans of the show in Greece was rather negative, with people criticizing the fact that ESR was focusing on "mindless" children shows, and not on other "awful" at the time, shows on TV.
Despite the Council taking action in order to ban the cartoon, the exact reason for the cancellation of airings there till this day, are unknown.

This would make a series of events occure, including a sketch based on the controversy, on the early version of Ellinofreneia on SKAI in 2008 (followed by a complaint of an anonymous parent about it on the radio show of the same name), as well as the distribution of leaflets by "Φοιτητές σε Κρίση Ταυτότητας", criticizing accusations against gay people.

STAR Channel

The channel would initially secure the rights to the first six seasons of the show.[2] It started broadcasting in late 2007, and the new episodes of Season 4 started broadcasting in 2008-01. The made-for-television movie "Atlantis SquarePantis", first aired on the channel, in 2009-12. Season 7 premiered on 2011-09-24, after a press release about it 3 days before[5], and the final episodes to premiere were "A Friendly Game" and "Sentimental Sponge", the last episodes to ever be dubbed by Power Music Productions and Audio Visual. Before getting put off the schedule in 2013-07-14[6] in favor of Baby Looney Tunes, selected episodes from seasons 6, 7 and 8 would air on weekends.

Episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 20 2002 2002
2 20 2002 2002
3 20 2004 2005
4 20 2008-01 2008
5 20 2008-11 2009
6 26 2010 2011
7 26 2011-10-09 2012
8 26 2012 2014-12-25
9 26 2013-06-19 2017-07-24
10 11 2017-04-03 2017-11-22
11 26 2017-11-15 2019-01-21

Cast

Character name Greek voice actor
MAIN CHARACTERS
SpongeBob SquarePants (SpongeBob SquarePants) - head Μπομπ Σφουγγαράκης Flag of Greece Spyros Zoupanos (seasons 1-2, 4-7 and the first movie)
[bob sfuŋɡaˈɾakis] Flag of Greece Lorenzo Frangoulis (seasons 3, 8-11 and the second movie)
Patrick Star (SpongeBob SquarePants) - head Πάτρικ Αστέρης Flag of Greece Alkis Zervos
[ˈpatɾik a.ˈste.ris]
Squidward Tentacles (SpongeBob SquarePants) - head Καλαμάρης Πλοκάμης Flag of Greece Alkis Zervos (seasons 1-3 and 8-11)
[kalaˈmaˈɾis plokamis] Flag of Greece Thanasis Kourlambas (first movie)
Flag of Greece Ntinos Soutis (seasons 4-7 and the second movie)
 
Eugene Krabs (SpongeBob SquarePants) - head Ευγένιος Καβούρης Flag of Greece Nikos Kyriakides (seasons 1-3)
Greek phonetics missing Flag of Greece Yannis Stefopoulos (seasons 4-7 and both movies)
Flag of Greece Christos Thanos (seasons 8-11)
 
Sheldon Plankton (SpongeBob SquarePants) - head Σέλντον Πλανγκτόν Flag of Greece Alkis Zervos (seasons 1-2)
Greek phonetics missing Flag of Greece Nikos Kyriakides (season 3)
Flag of Greece Kostas Apostolidis (the first movie)
  Flag of Greece Ntinos Soutis (seasons 4-7)
Flag of Greece Christos Thanos (seasons 8-11 and the second movie)
 
Sandy Cheeks (SpongeBob SquarePants) - head Σάντυ Φουντούκη Flag of Greece Stella Nikolothanasi (seasons 1-7 and the first movie)
Greek phonetics missing Flag of Greece Maria Zervou (seasons 8-11 and the second movie)
RECURRING CHARACTERS
104px Πάτσι ο Πειρατής Flag of Greece Nikos Kyriakides (season 2)
Greek phonetics missing Flag of Greece Lorenzo Frangoulis (season 3)
Flag of Greece Alkis Zervos ("Friend or Foe")
  Flag of Greece Ntinos Soutis ("Atlantis Squarepantis")
Flag of Greece Yannis Stefopoulos ("Truth or Square")
  Flag of Greece Christos Thanos (seasons 8-10)
MINOR CHARACTERS
104px Μόντι Π. Χρηματοπούγκης Flag of Greece Yannis Yfantis
Greek phonetics missing
104px Τζακ Καχούνα Λαγκούνα Flag of Greece Thanasis Tsaltambasis
Greek phonetics missing
PRODUCERS
Director
Flag of Greece Renia Kouvatsou (seasons 1-3)Flag of Greece Tasus Masmanidis (seasons 4-8)
Translator
Flag of Greece Paris Theofanidus (seasons 1-3)Flag of Greece Katia Protogeropoulou (seasons 4-8)
ADDITIONAL VOICES
Flag of Greece Vasilis Milios (seasons 10-11)

Subtitled version

The special "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!, alongside two episodes of Seasons 6 and 7, would air on MTV Greece with subtitles, between 2013-12-24 and 2013-12-26, on 6pm.[7]

The promo for the airings is done by Athens-based company XYZ Profuctions,[8] and Sandy Cheeks is played by Georgina Razack,[9] the female narrator for most Nickelodeon Greece promos.

References

  1. ALPHA KIDS. alpha-digital.gr. Archived from the original on 2002-08-02. Retrieved on 2018 September 16.
  2. 2.0 2.1 SpongeBob goes to Greece - ToonBarn. ToonBarn Rob (2007-05-14). Retrieved on 2018 November 3.
  3. Ραδιοτηλεοπτική Εταιρία Αλφα Λίμιτεδ - TV Programme. alphatv.com.cy. Archived from the original on 2002-02-22. Retrieved on 2018 September 16.
  4. http://news.in.gr/culture/article/?aid=851183
  5. Ολοκαίνουργια επεισόδια "Μπομπ ο Σφουγγαράκης" στο Star! - VipNews. VipNews (2011-09-21). Retrieved on 2018 August 27.
  6. ΜΠΟΜΠ ΣΦΟΥΓΓΑΡΑΚΗΣ. star.gr. Archived from the original on 2013-10-16. Retrieved on 2018 August 27.
  7. O SpongeBob έρχεται στο MTV!!! | MTVGreece. mtvgreece.gr. Archived from the original on 2013-12-16. Retrieved on 2018 September 16.
  8. https://vimeo.com/86591341
  9. https://vimeo.com/250016948


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