Case Number 20899: Small Claims Court


Nickelodeon // 2009 // 89 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Roy Hrab (Retired) // March 13th, 2011

The Charge

"Aren't you getting a little tired of this, Plankton?"

The Case

Hey, what's going on? I stated at the end of my review of SpongeBob SquarePants: Triton's Revenge that I "vow not to review another SpongeBob DVD. I mean it this time. Honest." What can I tell you? I don't really know what to say. Maybe my memory is going. Maybe I unconsciously want the show to redeem itself. Or perhaps I enjoy wasting my time watching this dreck. Who knows? No matter the answer, this release did nothing to change my view of this once funny show.

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Great Patty Caper is a collection of seven episodes from Season 7 of the now quite, very, totally exhausted, tired and burned out SpongeBob SquarePants franchise.

* "The Great Patty Caper"
Once again, Plankton attempts to steal the Krabby Patty recipe. This prompts Mr. Krabs to secure the recipe in a safety deposit box. Circumstances require the recipe to be retrieved, so Krabs sends SpongeBob to the bank via train. Plankton follows. The key goes missing. High jinks ensue!

* "Growth Spout"
Mr. Krab's daughter Pearl is going through a rapid growth spurt, and she's really, really, really hungry. Krabs goes off in the middle of the night, looking for food. High jinks ensue!!

* "Stuck In The Wringer"
SpongeBob gets himself stuck in his wringer. Patrick comes along and makes SpongeBob even more stuck. High jinks ensue!!!

* "Someone's In The Kitchen With Sandy"
Once more, Plankton attempts to steal the Krabby Patty recipe. This time he steals Sandy's fur in order to impersonate her to fool SpongeBob. High jinks...never mind.

* "The Inside Job"
Guess what? Plankton attempts to steal the Krabby Patty recipe, again...This time he literally gets into SpongeBob's head for the recipe. Sigh...

* "Greasy Buffoons"
Plankton and Mr. Krabs try to one-up each other by trying to serve the greasiest possible dish in this fast food war. Yawn...

* "Model Sponge"
SpongeBob decides to...zzz...attempt a career at...zzz...being an actual sponge...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

As is typical with SpongeBob releases, the full screen video is flawless, rich and colourful. The stereo audio is clear and crisp.

The extras are three shorts: "Spongeholmes," "The Porter Reveal," and "Gumshoe Bob."

Wow, this is probably the most boring set of SpongeBob episodes I've ever seen. In past reviews, I have remarked about the decline of the show. Specifically, I found the hyperactive series increasingly annoying and lacking any humor beyond juvenile comedy. This time around, the episodes just drag. The energy is gone. There are a few gross gags. The storylines have been seen many times before. There is a palpable weariness and going-through-the-motions feel to everything.

I think the series has completely run out of gas, but Season 8 is on the air. Do as you will.

The Verdict


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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 50

Perp Profile
Studio: Nickelodeon
Video Formats:
* Full Frame

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

* None

Running Time: 89 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* Animated Shorts

* IMDb

* Official Site