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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 Springer
Aaron Paul Springer

(1973-09-05) September 5, 1973 (age 46)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materCalifornia Institute of the Arts
OccupationWriter, director, storyboard artist, layout artist, animator, voice actor
Years active1994–present
Known forBilly Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean Summer
Samurai Jack
Korgoth of Barbaria
SpongeBob SquarePants
Mickey Mouse


A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, 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,[1] 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.

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.



Year Title Role Notes
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[2] Billy Dilley creator/executive producer/writer/storyboard artist


Year Title Role Notes
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[citation needed]/story

Music videos and InternetEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Björk: I Miss You storyboard/layout/animator[3]
1997 Weekend Pussy Hunt storyboard/layout
1997 What Pee Boners Are For storyboard/layout
1997–1998 The Goddamn George Liquor Program storyboard/layout/animator


  1. ^ Bring Back Korgoth of Barbaria on
  2. ^ Amid Amidi (July 17, 2014). "Disney TV Inks Deals With Aaron Springer, Jhonen Vasquez, Jesse LeDoux, and Ryan Quincy". Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "Bjork Scrapbook - Page Six". Archived from the original on 1998-02-12. Retrieved 2019-07-04.

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