With the end of the academic year just around the corner, Recess was feeling a little nostalgic and decided to look back at some of the little known facts from our childhood TV shows.

SpongeBob SquarePants:

  • According to his driver’s license, SpongeBob will be turning 30 years old this July.
  • Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the show, is actually a real-life marine biologist.
  • The voice actor who voices SpongeBob is married to the voice actor who voices Karen Plankton in real life.
  • Amy Poehler, Johnny Depp, Victoria Beckham and David Bowie have all done voice-overs for the show.

The Powerpuff Girls:

  • The Powerpuff Girls all had different names when the show was aired in different countries; Chocolate, Bubble and Acorn (Bombón, Burbuja and Bellota) in Latin America, and Molly, Lolly and Dolly in Italy.
  • The actor who voiced Mojo Jojo also voiced the murderer in the Scream horror movies.
  • The girls’ appearances are based off of the works of artist Margaret Keane.
  • Although the original series ended in 2005, a reboot started airing this month.
  • The Powerpuff Girls got their start from a student film, where they were called the “Whoop-Ass Girls.”

The Rugrats:

  • All of the babies were voiced by women.
  • The babies, as a group, share a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • It was the first Nickelodeon cartoon show to have a movie.

The Fairly OddParents:

  • Timmy Turner’s hat was originally supposed to be blue, but the creator decided to make it pink after his blue marker ran out of ink.
  • The Crimson Chin was voiced by Jay Leno.
  • Mr. Crocker, The Mayor and Dinkleberg are all voiced by the same person.


  • All of the bunnies in the show are a species of giant rabbit, because they needed to look to-scale with the massive Teletubby costumes.
  • During the Christmas season of 1997, Teletubbies merchandise outsold all other toys twice over.
  • The owner of the land where Teletubbies was filmed got so annoyed with people trespassing she flooded the area to make a pond.

Dexter’s Laboratory:

  • Dexter was voiced by women.
  • Dexter’s Burrito Palace is based off an actual restaurant in Chicago.
  • Many fans believe Dee Dee is actually Dexter’s time travelling daughter.