Paul Tibbitt
Paul Harrison Tibbitt IV

(1968-05-13) May 13, 1968 (age 54)
Alma materCalifornia Institute of the Arts
OccupationVoice actor, writer, storyboard artist, animator, director
Years active1997–present
Notable work
SpongeBob SquarePants
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
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Paul Harrison Tibbitt IV[1] (born May 13, 1968) is an American animator, television producer, writer, storyboard artist, songwriter, voice actor, and director, best known for working on the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. After SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg resigned in 2004, Tibbitt took the position of showrunner for the show.[2] He also took over as the voice of Potty the Parrot, whom Hillenburg had voiced until his resignation. Tibbitt made his feature film directorial debut directing The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. He studied in the Character Animation program at the California Institute of the Arts.

In 2015, Vincent Waller (a creative director) and Marc Ceccarelli (a writer and storyboard director) took Tibbitt's place as supervising producer and showrunner.[3] It was also announced that Tibbitt would leave the series after season 9 to work on The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (which was produced and released without the involvement of the show's crew by a separate crew), but he lent his directing and writing position to Tim Hill.[4][5] He now works at DreamWorks Animation.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Nightmare Ned Ned (segment "Chunks of life") Writer
Storyboard artist
Prop designer
Recess Storyboard revisionist
101 Dalmatians: The Series Storyboard revisions
1998 CatDog Character designer
Oh Yeah! Cartoons Prop designer
Histeria! Model designer
1999–2018[citation needed] SpongeBob SquarePants Mama Krabs (2001–2003) DoodleBob (2002–2018) Potty the Parrot (2007–2012)
Additional voices
Writer (1999–2012)
Storyboard director (1999–2004)
Director (2000–2002)
Storyboard artist (1999–2004)
Showrunner (2005–2015)[3]
Supervising producer (2005–2015)
Co-executive producer (2006–2008)
Executive producer (2008–2017)
Voice actor (2001–2018)
2002–03 Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? Layout artist
Storyboard artist
2020–present The Mighty Ones Consulting producer


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Loose Tooth Animation story developer
1999 Herd Fed #6 Writer
2002 Super Santa in South Pole Joe Property Designer
2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action Storyboard artist
2004 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Screenwriter and storyboard artist
2007 SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis Director of live action sequences, written by live action segments, producer
Diggs Tailwagger Additional writing
2009 SpongeBob's Truth or Square Written by live action sequences, producer
2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Kyle Director, producer and story by
2016 Trolls Creative Consultant (uncredited)


  1. ^ Williams, N (June 22, 2012). "First News readers interview SpongeBob SquarePants exec producer Paul Tibbitt!". First News. First Group Enterprises Ltd. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved July 21, 2019. Hey, my middle name is Harrison!
  2. ^ Fletcher, Alex (March 4, 2011). "Paul Tibbitt ('Spongebob Squarepants')". Digital Spy. Retrieved July 14, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Amidi, Amid (June 5, 2019). "10-Year-Old Spongebob Will Star In CG Spinoff Series 'Kamp Koral'". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved July 14, 2021.
  4. ^ Robinson, Will (November 10, 2015). "SpongeBob 3, Little Prince release dates". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 14, 2021.
  5. ^ Amidi, Amid (October 23, 2018). "'The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge' Will Be An Origin Story". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved July 14, 2021.
  6. ^ Tibbitt, Paul [@paultibbitt] (January 9, 2020). "Yo! I'm at Dreamworks now. Developing a couple projects. Nothing I can talk about yet. Hopefully soon. Happy new year!" (Tweet). Retrieved February 12, 2020 – via Twitter.