Nickelodeon will debut the first full-length stop-motion animated special It’s A SpongeBob Christmas! on Sunday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
In the new half-hour special, which features John Goodman as Santa Claus, Plankton turns everyone in Bikini Bottom bad by feeding them his special jerktonium-laced fruitcake as he continues his quest for the secret Krabby Patty formula.
The special will also be accompanied by a SpongeBob SquarePants: It’s a SpongeBob Christmas! DVD created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution. It’s set to launch at retail on November 6.
For iTunes, Xbox Video, Amazon Instant Video, PlayStation Network and Vudu, an extras edition for the special launched on October 30 featuring behind-the-scenes footage and a sing along version of the hit SpongeBob song “Don’t Be a Jerk (It’s Christmas).”
Rounding out the offerings, the It’s A SpongeBob Christmas! album will be available for digital download on Amazon and iTunes from November 6, the Don’t Be a Jerk (It’s Christmas) eBook will launch November 15, and a limited-edition SpongeBob stop-motion holiday-themed t-shirt will hit select The Children’s Place stores across the US from November 26 to December 3.