The unstoppable spongebob revolution
It's an obvious understatement to say that cartoons have changed dramatically since we were kids. Far be it from us to take sides and claim that one generation's animation holds sway over another's. However, we will go on record as stating that there never has been anything that can compare to Nickelodeon's current hit series, "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Fans of the 1980s' "Ren & Stimpy Show" will have to make their case some other time.)
As such, Nickelodeon's excellent lineup of holiday gifts offers consumers a number of SpongeBob selections, not the least of which is "The Complete 2nd Season" DVD ($40) from Paramount Home Video. The three-disc box set includes 39 episodes and special features such as audio commentaries, story-boards, etc. So join Squidward, Mr. Krabs, Patrick, Sandy, and the rest of the crazies from Bikini Bottom--you'll never look at TV the same again. (FYI, Nickelodeon and Paramount also are offering a collector's edition box set DVD of the first and second season of "The Ren & Stimpy Show"--unaltered, uncut, uncensored, and untamed! It features the banned episode, "Man's Best Friend," the once-censored Son of Stimpy, and the never-been-aired special feature, "Naked Beach Frenzy!")
To watch all these great episodes, just pull out Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants DVD player ($79) from Emerson Radio Corp. It's a compact, easy-to-use, top-loading unit that looks just like SpongeBob himself. The device features a remote control; 10-bit digital to analog video converter (DAC) for superior picture quality; on-screen menu icons for easy set-up; closed caption support; multi-language audio and subtitle capability; dual aspect ratio (normal/wide screen); and multi-language audio and subtitle capability (English, German, Spanish, and French). Moreover, this unit also plays audio CDs (including MP3 discs) and features a parental control function with user-selectable password.
Nickelodeon and Emerson also have teamed up to produce a SpongeBob Personal CD Player ($39.99) and Dora the Explorer Alarm Clock Radio ($14.95). The CD player has a 20-track programmable memory, 60-second anti-skip memory and repeat track, repeat disc, and random play functions--as well as a dynamic bass boost system, digital quality stereo head-phones, and a hold switch that prevents accidental battery drain.
The Dora Alarm Clock contains an AM/FM radio, sculpted star nightlight that doubles as a snooze button, and digital display.
Now, if you want to put your Nickelodeon knowledge to use, the Nick Trivia Challenge DVD game from Imagination Entertainment is just the showcase. Complete with six ways to play and 10 different game categories, the DVD is hosted by ... who else? ... SpongeBob.
Then, there is "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Video Game" from THQ--available in GameBoy Advance ($29.99) and Nintendo Game Cube and PlayStation 2 ($39.99 each)--where SpongeBob and Patrick venture on a perilous journey to a mysterious place from which no sea creature has ever returned. Man, there's always trouble in Bikini Bottom.
For access to a wide array of games starring your favorite Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. characters, visit www.nick.com/arcade, where you can purchase downloadable versions featuring SpongeBob, Blue, Dora, and the Wild Thornberry's, to name a few. This is easy to do with a Nick Arcade Game Card ($14.95 at Target stores), which can be used to buy one game that can be played on your computer offline, anytime. The entire Nickelodeon line of holiday gifts is available at retail stores or online at www.nick.com.
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