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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"
• "Mermaidman And Barnacle Boy"
• "Culture Shock"
• "Karate Choppers"
• "The Algae's Always Greener"
• "Just One Bite"
• "Graveyard Shift"
• "No Weenies Allowed"
• "Roller Cowards"
• "Christmas Who?"
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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