I won’t deny it, I’ve been a fan of Spongebob for quite some time. And while I fell out of keeping up with some of his later adventures, I’ll always be a fan of everyone’s favorite chipper sponge and his crazy pals. That said, it’s hard to believe that it took this long for the series to have its own holiday special, but fans can finally rejoice as Spongebob and company finally celebrate the joys of Christmas in the stop-motion animated world of It’s a SpongeBob SquarePants Christmas! now on Blu-ray.
Fans of Nickelodeon’s series, as well as those who grew up with the the magical Charlie Brown and Rankin-Bass holiday specials, are bound to find something to love in this colorful, cheerful slice of underwater fun.
The lovable villain Plankton is at it again as he learns that he isn’t on Santa’s “good” list, meaning everyone will get gifts this year but him. So of course he sets out to fix this by creating a substance known as “Jerktonium” that will make all the good folks of Bikini Bottom act like, well you guessed it, jerks. Plankton hopes that placing this chemical in classic holiday fruit cake treats, that everyone will be meaner than he is, promoting him to being on the good list. After offering a piece to our hero Spongebob which turns out to be immune to the jerktonium, Plankton tricks him into passing out the treats throughout the town. When he learns what is happening, it’s up to Spongebob to save the holiday like only he can.
I thought this Christmas special was pretty awesome, especially seeing all the characters being animated in a classic, stop-motion style reminiscent of the old Rankin-Bass specials such as Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the red-nosed Reindeer. And thanks to the power of Blu-ray, watching the special in high definition make this holiday treat even sweeter. Everything looks and sounds perfect, as all the vibrant Christmas colors and detail come through without a hitch. The audio is also spot on, as every piece of dialogue and fun song come in crystal clear. There’s also a few bonus features to enjoy long after the special ends.
The biggest extra I found to be cool was the bonus ten episodes from the show included on the disc. While it is a letdown that these episodes haven’t been cleaned up for the Blu-ray, some of these are my favorites from the series. Ones such as “Texas” where Sandy the squirrel tries to leave to go back home to Texas while Spongebob and Patrick do everything they can to make her stay, or “SB-129” where Squidward accidentally travels too far ahead in time to a futuristic but bleak Bikini Bottom. Other extras include the Violent Femmes singing the Spongebob Squarepants theme-song, some animatics showing how certain scenes were made , a ten-minute behind the scenes featurette and more.
Fans of Spongebob and classic holiday treats like Charlie Brown and the Rankin-Bass specials are sure to get a kick out of the It’s a SpongeBob SquarePants Christmas! Blu-ray. With a great story brought to life through awesome stop-motion animation, along with some pretty cool extras like bonus episodes of the original show, this Blu-ray set oozes with more fun than even Spongebob can soak up. It’s a must-have for anyone who’s a fan of the show, and the best part is that you don’t have to wait for Christmas to celebrate with friends like these!
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