Emerson SpongeBob Consumer Electronics

In addition to gracing movie theaters with his absorbing presence this holiday season, SpongeBob SquarePants is also occupying shelf space in the electronics departments of major retailers. Emerson Radio Corp., in conjunction with Nickelodeon, has launched a new line of branded products just in time for the busy shopping period.

Emerson’s new line features a SpongeBob SquarePants compact DVD player that plays audio CDs, CD-R/CD-RW discs and CDs containing MP3 compressed audio files. The unit also includes a multi-language selectable on screen menu, a parental control function with user-selectable password and a 20-track programmable memory for CD playback. It lists for $69.95.

Young fans can play their DVDs on a new 13-inch color television made to look like everyone’s favorite sea sponge. The TV also offers a 181-channel frequency synthesized tuner, a programmable on/off sleep timer and a character-themed on-screen display for $109.95.

Other products in the line include a SpongeBob SquarePants Portable Karaoke CDG System for $59.99 and a personal CD/R-RW player for $34.99.

With the movie earning nearly $60 million at the box office and 20 all-new new episodes of the series set to air on Nickelodeon in 2005, SpongeBob is bigger than ever and should be a hot commodity with holiday shoppers.