Aaron Paul Springer (born September 5, 1973) is an American cartoonist and animator. He is the creator of the Disney XD original series Billy Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean Summer, in which he voices the main character Billy Dilley. He is best known for his work on the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, for which he contributed to as a writer and storyboard artist for seven seasons.
Aaron Paul Springer
September 5, 1973
|Alma mater||California Institute of the Arts|
|Occupation||writer, director, storyboard artist, layout artist, animator, voice actor|
|Known for||Billy Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean Summer|
Korgoth of Barbaria
Springer has collaborated with various animation veterans such as Genndy Tartakovsky, Paul Rudish, Rumen Petkov, Rob Renzetti, Maxwell Atoms, C. H. Greenblatt, Chris Savino, Stephen Hillenburg and John Kricfalusi. Besides Billy Dilley, he has created numerous pilots for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim that, although never made into full series, have developed cult followings. Springer's cartoons are unique for their inclusion of extended gags, anthropomorphism and off-model poses. Springer has cited Richard Scarry, Sergio Aragonés, Frank Frazetta, Vaughn Bodē, Akira Toriyama, Hideshi Hino, Shigeru Mizuki and Hugo Pratt amongst his influences.
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A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, Aaron Springer began his career in animation working for Spümcø. He was best known for creating pilots at Cartoon Network Studios that were never picked up as full series, but have developed cult followings. His most recognizable pilot was Korgoth of Barbaria for Adult Swim in 2006, which was originally picked up for a full series, because of its critical and commercial success with garnering high ratings. Later events, including a formal petition to revive the show, would indicate that it was dropped before production began, due to high production costs. Springer also created Periwinkle Around the World back in 2004 for Cartoon Network, that was divided into five separate two-minute shorts, produced and directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. Refusing to pick it up as a full series, Cartoon Network instead was going to release five shorts from the pilot as mobile phone content, but ended up putting them in their Sunday Pants anthology series in 2005. Springer's last pilot for Cartoon Network was Baloobaloob's Fun Park in 2009, which was produced as part of The Cartoonstitute.
Springer gained notoriety through his efforts as a writer and storyboard artist on various movies and television series. His notable efforts include Samurai Jack (2002–2003), Dexter's Laboratory (2003), The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (2005–2007) and SpongeBob SquarePants (1999–2012). More recently, he has contributed to Gravity Falls (2012–2013), Wander Over Yonder (2014) and the Mickey Mouse (2013–2015) television series.
Springer created Billy Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean Summer for Disney XD, where he voices the main character, Billy Dilley. The show was first announced in 2014 as a potential pilot. In March 2016, it was confirmed that Disney XD has greenlit the show for a full series, and it officially premiered on June 3, 2017.
|SpongeBob SquarePants||various; Drummer ("Pre-Hibernation Week" episode)||writer (Season 1–4; Seasons 5–8)|
director (Season 2)
storyboard director (Seasons 1–4; Seasons 5–8)
storyboard artist (Season 1)
|1999||A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith||storyboard/layout|
|2001||A Kitty Bobo Show||layout artist|
|2002–2003||Samurai Jack||writer/storyboard artist|
|2003||Dexter's Laboratory||storyboard artist/writer|
|2004||Periwinkle Around the World||creator/director/storyboard artist/layout artist|
|2005–2007||The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy||story/storyboard artist|
|2006||Korgoth of Barbaria||creator/writer/director/storyboard artist/character designer/executive producer|
|2009||Baloobaloob's Fun Park||creator/director/storyboard artist|
|2012–2013||Gravity Falls||director (season 1)|
|2013–2015||Mickey Mouse||various||writer/director/storyboard artist|
|2014||Wander Over Yonder||additional voices||writer/director/storyboard artist ("The Helper")|
|2017||Billy Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean Summer||Billy Dilley||creator/executive producer/writer/storyboard artist|
|1997||A Sunday Stroll||Student film|
|1997||Baby's New Formula||Student film|
|1997||Cats Don't Dance||intern artist|
|2004||The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie||Laughing Bubble||storyboard artist/writer/character design|
|2020||The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge||head of story/story|
Music videos and InternetEdit
|1997||Björk: I Miss You||storyboard/layout/animator|
|1997||Weekend Pussy Hunt||storyboard/layout|
|1997||What Pee Boners Are For||storyboard/layout|
|1997–1998||The Goddamn George Liquor Program||storyboard/layout/animator|
- Bring Back Korgoth of Barbaria on petitionhosting.com
- Amid Amidi (July 17, 2014). "Disney TV Inks Deals With Aaron Springer, Jhonen Vasquez, Jesse LeDoux, and Ryan Quincy". Retrieved June 12, 2018.