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Our reviews of Spongebob Squarepants: Season 5, Volume 1 (published December 12th, 2007), SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete First Season (published November 10th, 2003), Spongebob Squarepants: Season 5, Volume 2 (published November 27th, 2008), Spongebob Squarepants: The Complete Third Season (published February 8th, 2006), SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Seventh Season (published December 11th, 2011), SpongeBob Squarepants: 10 Happiest Moments (published September 19th, 2010), Spongebob Squarepants: Friend Or Foe? (published August 29th, 2007), Spongebob Squarepants: Home Sweet Pineapple (published January 19th, 2005), SpongeBob SquarePants: Legends of Bikini Bottom (published December 12th, 2010), Spongebob Squarepants: Nautical Nonsense / Sponge Buddies (published March 19th, 2002), Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge For Hire (published February 9th, 2005), Spongebob Squarepants: Spongebob Vs. The Big One (published March 16th, 2009), Spongebob Squarepants: Spongebob's Pest Of The West (published April 25th, 2008), Spongebob Squarepants: Spongicus (published April 9th, 2009), Spongebob Squarepants: The Great Patty Caper (published March 13th, 2011), SpongeBob SquarePants: The Seaside Capers (published March 13th, 2004), Spongebob Squarepants: To Love A Patty (published February 6th, 2008), Spongebob Squarepants: To Squarepants Or Not To Squarepants (published July 27th, 2009), SpongeBob Squarepants: Triton's Revenge (published September 11th, 2010), Spongebob Squarepants: Truth Or Square (published November 20th, 2009), Spongebob Squarepants: Where's Gary? (published December 14th, 2005), Spongebob Squarepants: Who Bob What Pants? (published November 13th, 2008), and Spongebob's Runaway Roadtrip (published September 25th, 2011) are also available.
High seas hijinks with everyone's favorite absorbent hero!
SpongeBob SquarePants is at it again in eight nautically nutty adventures featuring his best starfish friend Patrick, the grumpy and often molting Mr. Krabs, the anal-retentive Squidward, and a host of other underwater goofballs just as wacky as SpongeBob. Included on this disc are the following episodes (as described on the DVD):
• "Fear of a Krabby Patty"
• "Shell of a Man"
• "Neptune's Spatula"
• "One Krab's Trash"
• "Mermaidman and Barnicleboy V"
• "Karate Choppers"
• "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic"
I will not claim to be a SpongeBob SquarePants aficionado. In fact, I can safely boast that before watching SpongeBob SquarePants: Fear of a Krabby Patty, I didn't have a clue what the show was about. Oh sure, I knew it had something to do with a yellow sponge-like character with buck teeth the size of Chiclets—multiple rows of bed sheets, bath toys, toothbrushes, video games, DVDs, boxer shorts, soap holders, and shower curtains sporting the character's image at Bed, Bath & Beyond told me that. Otherwise, I was in the dark.
Friends, I am in the dark no more! I now know who these characters are over whom children and adults drool! And frankly, I don't get it. After watching these cartoon shorts I don't really understand how the show is discernible from the many others running on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. Is it humorous? Sure, in a few spots, but no more and no less than any other tyke programming on television these days (if you really want some funny animated entertainment, pick up Cartoon Network's irreverent Aqua Teen Hunger Force on DVD).
Some of the cartoons made me smile. One involving SpongeBob pulling a magic spatula from an ancient vat of grease was amusing—especially after he challenged a magic underwater God to a burger creating contest. Others just showcase SpongeBob and Patrick's witty banter, which I presume is funnier to ten-year-old children than nearly thirty-year-old men. However, I have to admit that SpongeBob's laugh—something that I've heard in dreams involving evil clowns on a bender of helium—is the stuff nightmares are made of.
Of all the characters, I enjoyed Mr. Krabs the most (voiced to perfection by actor Clancy Brown, The Shawshank Redemption). Brown delivers a goofy and abstract personality that fits the salty lobster perfectly. Other supporting characters on the show—including a slightly dorky starfish named Patrick (voiced by Coach star Bill Fagerbakke)—make the show better than it ought to be. Kids will most certainly get a kick out of these episodes, as will adults who like their humor with a dose of the bizarre.
Each episode on SpongeBob SquarePants: Fear of a Krabby Patty is presented in 1.33:1 full frame, the show's original aspect ratio. The animation on the show is mediocre at best, and these transfers show every imperfection and piece of grain on the animation cels. That said, overall, these transfers are adequate for a Saturday morning TV show—in other words, your kids won't know the difference.
The soundtrack for each episode is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Much like the video transfer, there isn't a heck of a lot exciting in these mixes—each is very front heavy without any major hiss or distortion in the mix. No alternate soundtracks or subtitles are included on this disc.
Extra features are slim. Included on this disc are a few storyboards for the episodes "Fear of a Krabby Patty" and "Mermaidman and Barnacleboy V," as well as the SpongeBob interactive comic "Super Suspicion" from Nick Magazine.
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