Brownlee’s article explores the relationship between live action and animation, and adult maleness with ‘boyhood’ as they are represented in the Spongebob movie. I am going to watch the film tomorrow so I shall reserve judgement on it until then. The article explores several areas that the representations of masculinity in the film raise beginning with the film’s alleged homosexual reading. This is despite the fact that the creator of the series and director of the film, Stephen Hillenberg, is on record as saying that the character is asexual. Brownlee references Hillenberg’s quote in her article. It seems to me that if Hillenberg has explicitly denied that the character has any sexuality whatsoever then to insist that he does is tantamount to calling into question Hillenberg’s honour, integrity and/or competence. If Spongebob is asexual then any ‘reading’ of the film that insists upon a sexuality is in fact a projection.
BROWNLEE, S. (2011) Masculinity Between Animation and Live Action, or, SpongeBob v. Hasselhoff. Animation Studies Online Journal [Online] 6 (September). Available from: https://journal.animationstudies.org/shannon-brownlee-masculinity-between-animation-and-live-action-or-spongebob-v-hasselhoff/. [Accessed 23.03.2017]