The Spongebob Squarepants Christmas Special is an hour-long holiday special that aired on Nickelodeon on December 6th, 2000. The special follows Spongebob and his friends as they go on a quest to find Santa Claus and save Christmas. Along the way, they encounter Patchy the Pirate, a live-action character who serves as the show’s narrator.

The special starts off with Patchy introducing himself and the special. He then introduces Spongebob and his friends, and the quest to find Santa begins. After a few misadventures, the gang eventually finds Santa and his workshop. Santa explains that he has been too busy to deliver presents this year, so Spongebob and his friends offer to help.

The gang then sets off to deliver presents to all the children of Bikini Bottom. After they finish, they return to Santa’s workshop to find it in disarray. It turns out that Plankton had stolen Santa’s magic bag of presents. With the help of Patchy, Spongebob and his friends are able to retrieve the bag and save Christmas.

The special ends with Patchy wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and saying that Spongebob and his friends have taught him the true meaning of Christmas. The special was a huge hit with viewers and received positive reviews from critics. It has since been released on DVD and is available to watch on streaming services.

Christmas Who?

8th episode of the 2nd season of SpongeBob SquarePants
Christmas Who?
SpongeBob SquarePants episode
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Title card
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 8
Directed by Walt Dohrn
Paul Tibbitt
Chris Headrick (storyboard)
Erik Wiese (storyboard)
Tom Yasumi (animation)
Alan Smart (supervising)
Written by Walt Dohrn
Paul Tibbitt
Mr. Lawrence
Featured music “The Very First Christmas”
Production code 5571-155
Original air date December 7, 2000 (2000-12-07)
Running time 22 minutes
Guest appearance
Mike Bell (animator) as Santa Claus
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Christmas Who?” (also known as “Patchy The Pirate Presents The SpongeBob Christmas Special“) is the eighth episode in season two of SpongeBob SquarePants and the 28th episode overall, which serves as the first double-length episode of the series. The episode aired on Nickelodeon in the United States on December 7, 2000. The episode marks the first appearance of both Patchy the Pirate and his pet parrot, Potty in the main show. The episode follows SpongeBob as he learns what Christmas is about, and as he creates excitement for everyone in Bikini Bottom.

Plot

In Encino, California, the French Narrator introduces the president of the SpongeBob SquarePants fan club, Patchy the Pirate, along with his “pet,” Potty the Parrot. Patchy receives a fan letter, asking if SpongeBob likes Christmas as much as he does. Patchy explains that they did not always celebrate Christmas in Bikini Bottom, and decides to show how they were introduced to it.

While heading to Sandy’s treedome for a surprise visit, SpongeBob SquarePants is horrified to see her electrifying the tree with Christmas lights, perceiving it as a house-fire. Sandy informs SpongeBob that she is preparing for the holiday season, and explains customary Christmas traditions to him. SpongeBob becomes excited of a visit from Santa Claus, and spreads the news to the rest of Bikini Bottom. However, Squidward refuses to participate in the celebrations, claiming that Santa does not exist. The citizens of Bikini Bottom enthusiastically prepare for the upcoming holiday, but their faith is shattered after Santa fails to arrive on Christmas Eve. Furious with SpongeBob, they reject him and declare that Santa doesn’t exist.

After being presented with a homemade gift from SpongeBob, Squidward tries to compensate for his rudeness by masquerading as Santa Claus to SpongeBob; however, he later winds up distributing all his possessions to the residents of Bikini Bottom as Christmas gifts. Squidward encounters a note from Santa Claus, graciously thanking him, and sees his sleigh soaring overhead. Dismissing Santa as a sign of his insanity, Squidward goes inside his house to play his clarinet.

After the SpongeBob episode ends, Potty gives Patchy a little present. Patchy then steps under a mistletoe, hoping to be kissed by a woman, only for Potty to start chasing after him with the intention of kissing him. Seeing that Patchy is busy at the moment, the French Narrator wishes the audience a happy holidays.

Release

Broadcast

“Christmas Who?” was originally broadcast Thursday, December 7, 2000 at 8:30pm. As of 2020, it is still rebroadcast on Nickelodeon during the Christmas season. On December 6, 2012, almost 12 years after “Christmas Who?”, another SpongeBob Christmas episode was released on Nickelodeon called “It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!“.

Home media

“Christmas Who?” was released on the DVD compilation called Christmas on September 30, 2003. The episode was also included in SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 2nd Season DVD released on October 19, 2004. On September 22, 2009, “Christmas Who?” was released on the SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes DVD, alongside all the episodes of seasons one through five.

Reception

The special received generally positive reviews; a reviewer on Reviewstream.com calls it “a great story of the holiday spirit”. In the DVD released by Nickelodeon, the episode was ranked at number 10 as one of SpongeBob SquarePants’s 10 Happiest Moments.

References

External links

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