SpongeBob SquarePants: It's a SpongeBob Christmas!

Movie review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
SpongeBob SquarePants: It's a SpongeBob Christmas! Movie Poster Image
Comical holiday featurette has glad tidings, some insults.
  • NR
  • 2012
  • 22 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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
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

What 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.

User Reviews

Adult Written byLowe's man February 13, 2016

niceness prevails

Spongebob's kindness more than makes up for his naivety. It's because of his kindness that he's immune to the effects of this fictitious element... Continue reading
Adult Written byadvocatewhat'sright December 26, 2012

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. Spong... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byFallPumpkin December 24, 2013

Not That Bad

A Spongebob Christmas, while being shallow in the story department is entertaining and jolly, such as the season itself. The stop-motion animation I personally... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old January 19, 2014

Sorry, Plankton

Good interesting movie but I kinda feel sorry for Plankton

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?

This movie ensures plenty of warm fuzzies for your family. 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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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