A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that SpongeBob and his aquatic friends offer a mixed bag of bad manners and good messages. It's hard to believe these two opposing elements could co-exist on one album, but if you're familiar with the animated series, you'll know what to expect from the CD. SpongeBob sings about his favorite kind of underwear ("Tighty Whiteys"), showing off his bottom ("Ripped Pants"), and having friends of, ahem lesser intelligence ("Idiot Friends"). But despite the insults and gross-out moments, the Pineapple-dweller also croons about caring for his pet snail ("Where's Gary") and being kind ("Don't Be a Jerk").
What's the story?
As its title implies, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: SPONGEBOB'S GREATEST HITS is a collection of old favorites. These are songs that most fans of the TV series will recognize as quickly as they'll know the answer to the eternal question, \"Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?\" In celebration of a decade of seaworthy shows, Nickelodeon has amassed a sampling of the best of the best of krabby patty flippin', jellyfish-catching music. This time the Krusty Krab crew get some help from some top names in the music biz, and no that doesn't include Squidward. Cee-Lo Green (half of the Gnarls Barkley duo) and Pink each offer a nautical-themed bonus track, with Green re-interpeting the oft-played theme song in a mellow funk fashion.
Is it any good?
It's hard not to like this ensemble of SpongeBob standards. Afterall, this CD brings together some of the best of the musical output from the cable television series. Granted, this is familiar territory and fans looking for fresh Sponge will be as satisfied as Mr. Krabs with an empty cash register. Still, if you want to bring back all the musical memories from Bikini Bottom, this CD is for you. Overflowing with the nice and naughty wit and slapstick comedy of the cartoon series, even old salts will enjoy humming -- and laughing along -- to the tunes about sandy buns and tighty whiteys.
Talk to your kids about ...
What does it mean when a favorite television character behaves badly? Does it make the behavior seem more acceptable? Would you be able to get away with saying things that SpongeBob and Patrick say?
SpongeBob began as a simple cartoon character. Now he is an easily recognizable image and the television series has grown to include merchandising, a movie, and multiple recordings. Do you think it's fun to listen to music by a TV character?
Does this album help promote the television show? Do you think this part of the reason why the album was made? Can you think of any other items that are used to promote a television show or movie, like toys, or school supplies?