Nickelodeon // 2009 // 133 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Paul Pritchard (Retired) // September 19th, 2010
"So this is what it feels like. The big time! With this mop, I shape my destiny!"
Containing 10 episodes spanning the first five seasons of SpongeBob Squarepants: 10 Happiest Moments offers an excellent "Best Of" for those people after a quick fix of SpongeBob and not interested in collecting season-long boxsets. And, by jettisoning material from the later, and notably weaker seasons, SpongeBob Squarepants: 10 Happiest Moments is able to pick from the cream of the SpongeBob back catalogue, and throws up a number of classic episodes.
* "Tea At Thee Treedome"
Sandy the land squirrel invites SpongeBob to her home. Unfortunately for SpongeBob, Sandy's home is a watertight glass dome -- not the ideal place for a sponge.
* "Mermaidman And Barnacle Boy"
SpongeBob and Patrick discover their heroes Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy living at a retirement home, and set out to get the two former heroes up and fighting evil once more.
* "Culture Shock"
In an attempt to help raise the Krusty Krab's profits, and perhaps launch his own bid for fame in the process, Squidworth throws a talent show. But SpongeBob and a mop undo his best-laid plans.
* "Karate Choppers"
SpongeBob finds his employment at the Krusty Krab threatened by his sparring with Sandy.
* "The Algae's Always Greener"
Plankton and Mr. Krab swap lives for one day.
* "Just One Bite"
Despite having worked at the Krusty Krab for years, it transpires that Squidworth has never tasted a Krabby Patty -- something that SpongeBob is desperate to remedy.
* "Graveyard Shift"
SpongeBob gets the creeps during a late night shift at the Krusty Krab.
* "No Weenies Allowed"
The Salty Spittoon is the hardest hangout in all of Bikini Bottom, and SpongeBob has made it his mission to get in.
* "Roller Cowards"
SpongeBob, and best friend Patrick, prepare themselves to ride the scariest roller coaster ever!
* "Christmas Who?"
SpongeBob and the other inhabitants of Bikini Bottom are distraught when Santa fails to turn up at Christmas.
Blessed with the trademark offbeat humor that saw SpongeBob become a pop culture phenomenon, Season One classic "Mermaidman And Barnacle Boy" stands as the choice cut from this set. The episode is the perfect encapsulation of everything that makes SpongeBob great. SpongeBob and Patrick are, as always, totally unaware of how they are aggravating Barnacle Boy, while Mermaid Man, who has long since lost his marbles thanks to the ravages of old age, gets some of the funniest lines in SpongeBob history. Retaining vague fragments of his superhero past, particularly his penchant for bold exclamations, Mermaidman is prone to shouts of "To the meatloaf!" or "If you don't get out of here, then by the power invested in me, I now pronounce you man and wife."
While the aforementioned episode may be the standout, all ten episodes are ripe with classic SpongeBob moments; and whether it's SpongeBob drying up in Sandy's dome, or Plankton's continued attempts to steal a Krabby Patty -- the highlight of this being his magic show during the episode "Culture Shock" -- there's plenty of fun for both children and adults alike.
The full frame transfer is a little mixed due to the differing ages of the episodes, but overall is fine. The stereo soundtrack is consistent, and lacks any real flaws without being anything special.
The sole special feature is the pilot episode of SpongeBob Squarepants, "Help Wanted," which ensures over 2-hours of quality family fun.
For the more casual SpongeBob fan, this set comes highly recommended.
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Spanish)
Running Time: 133 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Bonus Episode