A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that although SpongeBob ultimately emphasizes the notion that good things come to good people, sometimes some of the characters can act in ways that can confuse younger kids. There's no educational content here, but there's also no violence or harsh language.
What's the story?
Joined by his two friends, Mr. Krabby and Patrick, SpongeBob SquarePants engage in goofy underwater adventures. SpongeBob is a quirky sponge who takes pride in being a fry cook. His boss is a frugal lobster named Mr. Krabby. Patrick is SpongeBob's aloof best friend. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: FEAR OF KRABBY PATTY is formatted into five separate episodes plus three bonus episodes. Each story line is different, yet all revolve around SpongeBob and his friends. Much of the plot involves deception, but always ends favorably for the good guys. The pace is very fast and is jam packed with jokes.
Is it any good?
The bright cartoon graphics are top-notch. The humor mimics '90s icons Ren & Stimpy, but targets a younger audience. The plots and visuals do move quickly, possibly making it confusing for preschoolers. With an almost cult-like following, Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants dominates children's programming.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the positive qualities of SpongeBob (friendly, caring). On the flipside, parents could talk to their child about Mr. Krabby's greedy qualities. What are the negative effects of greed? How do other character perceive Mr. Krabby's greed? Parents could also highlight SpongeBob's recurring theme that honest, caring people receive good things in return. Bad people receive bad things in return.
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