It's a SpongeBob Squarepants Stop-Motion Christmas

Behind the scenes at the stop-motion studio that brings Christmas magic to a beloved character.
3:00 | 12/07/12

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In an -- where computers can edit your home videos while doing your taxes and sending sushi delivered to your front door it is surprising to find someone doing anything. The time consuming low tech way especially when that something. Is creating a sponge Bob square pants Christmas special so here's ABC's Neal Karlinsky. -- -- -- -- If you ever watch that iconic 600 Rudolph the red nosed reindeer Christmas special and thought. I can do that -- my mind. -- Hold that thought these are the grownups who turned -- childhood obsession with stop motion films into what this. You're able to shoot me -- 150 screens in the day -- treatments and it's 24 frames per reception. It's. It's slow but when you're in -- meeting you're just kind of in the zealots like this in. Justice and I hope so there is business tedious and like the definition of tedious -- Walsh -- -- arrow and Chris Finnegan are the founders of screen novelties. A company that specializes in stop motion -- And which has been tapped to turn one of the most successful cartoons in history into -- walking. Jumping. Singing. Puppet show for TV. Some motions basically done the same today as it was a hundred years ago for the most part. You can we do have computers now in digital cameras at the core approaches the same as it's been done for over century. Consider this in mind boggling fact it takes them an entire -- -- to make just. Five seconds of moving video characters are moved had her at a time by hand including facial expressions. Then shot with a standard digital SLR camera and then moved again. Lawyers used to hold them in place are erased later by -- computer he's. Lightning bolts are actually just cut out pieces of what exactly it's -- white paper kind of animated on -- on a multi -- system and then. The glow that you see is just something that we can act here in the computer to -- a little bit more -- -- this sets that characteristic clothing. All of it is -- from. Scratch each sponge Bob -- it had. At least fifty parts not counting -- to put him together is very much and mr. potato head it's. Orange Bob is no sponge he's phone home and has nearly 100. Different mouths -- trade out to make his expression change. Patrick is made of wool and has his own tiny little scarves needed by hand. No -- -- is too small. -- you brushing her tooth yet they had a screening after getting ready for. Our Karen Tom -- -- the voice of sponge Bob. There's something kind of dream like about this that I think. You know -- much as I -- to. This may because you're not used to seeing the characters like that it's kind of -- mind blower. Wow the entire Christmas special is based on a song Kenny wrote sort of his own sponge Bob -- take on the grinch. Brain until light here the way around it's that they do do because the well did not revolve around you down the -- gang. Yeah. It's low tech in a high tech world don't blink. Someone might have spent the whole -- on that I'm Neal Karlinsky for Nightline. In Los Angeles.

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