SpongeBob Christmas special goes stop-motion

November 22, 2012 • Entertainment

This undated publicity photo provided by Nickelodeon shows the SpongeBob Squarepants holiday special, “It’s a SpongeBob Christmas.” The special will debut Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, on CBS and then air Dec. 9 on Nickelodeon. (AP Photo/Nickelodeon, Christopher M. Lynch)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — How does “It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!” squeeze even more fun out of our porous little hero and the Bikini Bottom gang? By turning the animated characters three-dimensional for their holiday special.

In a tribute to classic fare such as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the “SpongeBob SquarePants” crew has been re-imagined as puppets and put through their comedy paces for stop-motion photography.

The story line as dreamed up by Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob, and his musical collaborator Andy Paley: The denizens of Bikini Bottom are suddenly rude because of exposure to jerktonium, a plot by naughty Plankton to get on Santa’s (voiced by guest star John Goodman) nice list.

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