SpongeBob SquarePants: It's a SpongeBob Christmas!

  • Review Date: November 9, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 22 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Comical holiday featurette has glad tidings, some insults.
  • Review Date: November 9, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 22 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The movie intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive messages

Kids see the follies of resorting to sabotage for your own gain, as Plankton's plans backfire and he's left empty-handed for another Christmas. SpongeBob's unfailing positive attitude accounts for his immunity to the effects of the jerktonium, but his naivety isn't something to be envied. The movie relies on the same silly content and unlikely scenarios that make the original cartoon so humorous but also a bit iffy for young kids.

Positive role models

There are a lot of insults and physical exchanges among the characters, though none ever seem the worse because of it. Plankton's naughty behavior is central to the story's humor, but he gets his come-uppance in the end. SpongeBob is incredibly positive, but also naive and oblivious.

Violence & scariness

When the effects of jerktonium take hold, Bikini Bottom residents take out their frustrations on each other, in some cases hitting and punching them, and breaking objects over each other's heads. A robot breathes fire that destroys its surroundings. A mailman is bound and held hostage in his own There's a moment of peril during which a character's truck spins out of control, but he quickly rights it.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Numerous incarnations of "jerk" in insults, with relation to the characters' mean-spirited actions under the influence of jerktonium, and in one of the show's songs ("Don't Be a Jerk -- It's Christmas"). Other insults include "idiot."

Consumerism

SpongeBob is a huge marketing presence in toys, clothing, accessories, and food products. This movie's release coincides with a Christmas album.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that SpongeBob SquarePants: It's a SpongeBob Christmas! is filmed in a stop-animation style that gives the characters and scenery a slightly different look than in the original cartoon. Expect some physicality among the cast when they're under the influence of a substance that makes them grumpy and mean to those around them, all because of a scheming antagonist who's looking to trick Santa into giving him what he wants. Kids will hear the word "jerk" multiple times in the dialogue and in a song, as well as other insults like "idiot," but the movie's jolly messages about holiday spirit carry through to the end.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Christmas is just around the corner, SpongeBob's (voiced by Tom Kenny) pineapple is abuzz with preparations for Santa's (John Goodman) arrival, and Plankton (Mr. Lawrence) is hard at work plotting a way to get something besides coal in his stocking this year. What he really wants is the Krabby Patty secret formula, but since it would take a miracle to get his name from the "naughty" list to the "nice" one, Plankton decides to turn everyone else bad by passing out jerktonium-laced fruitcake. With Santa due to arrive any minute, will Plankton's scheme mean he's the only one whose Christmas wish comes true this year?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The first thing viewers will notice about SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: IT'S A SPONGEBOB CHRISTMAS! is that it foregoes the TV show's animated style for stop-animation inspired by classics like Santa Claus is Comin' to Town and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. How this change influences your opinion of the movie depends on your loyalty to the friendly sea sponge in his original form.If the new outer trappings don't bother you, then you'll find a lot of silly laughs and holiday tidings at the hands of this spongier SpongeBob and crew.

But in the season of giving, the movie doesn't stop at comedy alone. Behind Plankton's plot is the desire to get something he didn't rightfully earn, and kids will see how his selfishness proves to be his downfall. By contrast, SpongeBob is motivated by spreading joy to others, which makes him immune to the jerktonium and able to save the spirit of the holiday, ensuring plenty of warm fuzzies for your family.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the characters' behavior. Whose actions warrant a place on Santa's "nice" list? Which characters made mistakes but learned from them?

  • Kids: What did you think of this movie's animation style? How does it change the way the characters and the scenes look? Why do you think the movie's creators made this change?

  • How do holiday movies relate to your family's traditions? Are there any that you always watch together? What other special things do you do around the holidays?

Movie details

DVD release date:November 6, 2012
Cast:John Goodman, Mr. Lawrence, Tom Kenny
Director:Paul Tibbitt
Studios:Nickelodeon, Paramount Home Media Distribution
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Holidays, Ocean creatures
Run time:22 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Kid, 12 years old December 22, 2012
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6
QUALITY
 

Unmemorable Spongebob Adventure Is Enjoyable

This Spongebob story was enjoyable, but nothing memorable. The whole movie revolves around a fruit cake that makes people jerks. The term jerk is used a lot in the movie because of this, also Sandy calls Spongbob an idiot. People fight at random and the city is in chaos, nothing that violent is shown other than some snowball throwing. Spongebot causes lots of destruction and tries to kill Santa, this may upset young children. Spongebob is a good role model because he has a big heart and loves giving to others and being nice.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 9 years old January 31, 2013
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7
QUALITY
 

Excellent Special but some slight language and violence

Overall, I think this was a great special and I'll go over the content. In education, this special was more to entertain than educate, but there is one lesson taught...don't act like a jerk and have the holiday spirit. Next, is positive messages, the special's content did show the silliness of the show itself. Then, positive role models, there were lots of humor and insults in the special, Plankton's evil scheme did add some humor as well. Now about the violence, there were some scenes that had some mild violence which usually frighten children under 7, that is one of the reasons the special is rated TV-Y7. Now about the language, there is some slight language in the special. Just words like "Jerk" and "Idiot". About consumerism, the special is selling lots of products.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Teen, 17 years old Written byadvocatewhat'sright December 26, 2012
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

The animation isn't good

It's so weird looking. Obviously created with clay like in the low budget TV specials. Why would they do that? It's so not normal for SpongeBob. SpongeBob's a great show, and this special was okay, but if only it were animated THE RIGHT WAY! Overall 3.5/5
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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