Case Number 13503: Small Claims Court

SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: SPONGEBOB'S PEST OF THE WEST

Nickelodeon // 2007 // 75 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Roy Hrab (Retired) // April 25th, 2008

The Charge

"I never realized how sad and empty my life was until my friends pointed it out." -from "Pest Of The West"

The Case

SpongeBob needs no introduction, so I won't bother with one. On this release, we get seven episodes from Season 5 of the ultra lucrative SpongeBob SquarePants franchise:

"Pest Of The West": In this mostly flashback episode, our little yellow friend discovers that he is the descendent of the famous SpongeBuck SquarePants. Buck brought justice to Bikini Bottom (formerly Bikini Gulch) by taking down the malevolent Dead-Eye Plankton. The old-west themed episode contains nods to Sergio Leone, Ennio Morricone, and a touch of Blazing Saddles. It also features the extremely idiotic (and not in a funny way) "Idiot Friends" song.

"The Krusty Plate": SpongeBob becomes obsessed with removing a stain from a plate. His increasingly extreme cleaning attempts lead to a variant on the famous "Don't cross the streams" line from Ghostbusters.

"Pat No Pay": Mr. Krabs thinks he can make a ton of cash by feeding the starving Patrick. Unfortunately, Patrick lacks the cash, so Mr. Krabs puts him to work. This turns out to be a big mistake. What a surprise!

"The Inmates of Summer": SpongeBob and Patrick accidentally board a boat full of felons heading for an island prison. The duo seem to think the experience is really fun, much to the chagrin of the warden, voiced by Full Metal Jacket's R. Lee Ermey in gunnery sergeant mode.

"To Save A Squirrel": SpongeBob and Patrick are jealous that Sandy is going on a survival-training camp. So, they sneak aboard her jeep, but accidentally fall off and find themselves lost and hungry. Paranoia and attempted cannibalism ensues.

"20,000 Patties Under The Sea": SpongeBob and Patrick find a buried submarine. Mr. Krabs has them turn it into a mobile Krusty Krab. As they try to sell food they encounter Plankton and a hungry Sea Monster, voiced by Gene Simmons (Gene Simmons Family Jewels: The Best Of Seasons 1 and 2).

"The Battle Of Bikini Bottom": SpongeBob and Patrick fight over whether it is better to be clean or dirty.

Oh, my. What can I say about this? There was a time when I would run across an episode of SpongeBob while channel surfing and find myself laughing pretty hard. Those days are long gone. However, I don't think it's because I have lost my sense of humor. No, it's not that. SpongeBob has changed, not me.

In my review of SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 5, Volume 1, I commented that "adults will be disappointed, but the latest installment of SpongeBob SquarePants delivers a lot of silly and good-natured fun for the kids and there's nothing wrong with that." This time around, adults will be disappointed further, but, more importantly, I think kids (except for the very young) will be less then impressed. Without question, the energy and imagination level of the show has dropped precipitously. The random surreal and silly comedy that appealed to children and adults alike has given way to tedious repetition and uninspired stories. I can recall less then a handful of memorable lines over the seven episodes on this release and most of them come from Plankton in the "20,000 Patties Under The Sea" episode.

The minimal extras included are the animatic for "Pest Of The West" and four western-themed shorts. They are all forgettable.

The video is flawless. The bright and multi-colored Bikini Bottom looks excellent. The audio is clear and crisp.

Your kids will probably hate you for not satisfying their desire for instant gratification, but I suggest that, if you must make a purchase, you save yourself some money and wait until the inevitable release of SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 5, Volume 2.

Guilty. Whither SpongeBob?

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 73

Perp Profile
Studio: Nickelodeon
Video Formats:
* Full Frame

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

Subtitles:
* None

Running Time: 75 Minutes
Release Year: 2007
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* "Pest of the West" Original Animatic
* "Pest of the West" Shorts

Accomplices
* IMDb
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0206512/combined

* Official Site
http://www.nick.com/shows/spongebob_squarepants/index.jhtml

* DVD Verdict Review - Season 1
http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/spongebobseason1.php

* DVD Verdict Review - Season 3
http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/spongebobsquarepantsseason3.php

* DVD Verdict Review - Season 5.1
http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/spongebobs5v1.php

* DVD Verdict Review - To Love A Patty
http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/spongebobpatty.php

* DVD Verdict Review - The Movie
http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/spongebobsquarepantsmovie.php