Judge Dave Packard retired all of his remaining squarepants to make room for the new octagonal models.
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: Fear Of A Krabby Patty (published August 31st, 2005), 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.
"Burgers aren't for rulin' worlds!"—Mr. Krabs
SpongeBob fans craving new episodes beyond the four seasons already available on DVD and unable to wait for the fifth season's upcoming release can find a bit of respite with SpongeBob SquarePants—Friend or Foe?. Highlighted by the titular two-part episode that delves into the past friendship between rival restaurateurs Plankton and Mr. Krabs, this compilation serves up seven episodes from the beginnings of the fifth season of Nickelodeon's massively-successful animated series, SpongeBob SquarePants.
The episodes on the DVD include:
• "Friend or Foe"
• "The Original Fry Cook"
• "Night Light"
• "Rise and Shine"
• "Fungus Among Us"
• "Spy Buddies"
While SpongeBob completists or die-hard fans chomping at the bit to add new episodes to their DVD library will have no problem forking over the roughly fifteen bucks it'll take to put SpongeBob SquarePants: Friend or Foe? on their shelves, the question for others becomes, "Do I pick this up or wait for the inevitable release of SpongeBob SquarePants Season Five on DVD to get these episodes?"
The good news is that you won't go wrong if you decide to plunk down the cash and pick up this compilation, as SpongeBob SquarePants: Friend or Foe? packs a lot of zany, classic SpongeBob fun within its 84 minutes.
I've always enjoyed a good back story or learning just what it is that makes a character tick, and SpongeBob SquarePants: Friend or Foe? doesn't disappoint. Of course, the real draw here is the "Friend or Foe" episode. It's a nice change of pace to see Plankton and Krabs as chums pre-Chum Bucket and finding out what led to their friendship's eventual demise. Viewers also get to see Mr. Krabs introduced to "the love of his life" as he develops the secret formula to the Krabby Patty that Bikini Bottom's residents know and love today. "The Original Fry Cook" shows us that SpongeBob's skills with a spatula fall short of those wielded by Krusty Krab's original master, Jim. Even the "Employee of the Month" wall (full of framed pictures of a grinning SpongeBob) holds a secret homage to the restaurant's past. "Rise and Shine" introduces viewers to a typical morning under Patrick's rock, proving once again that SpongeBob's best friend is dimmer than you thought.
In typical SpongeBob SquarePants fashion, adults will find gags sprinkled here and there that will whiz right over younger viewers' heads. James Bond and the Mission: Impossible films are ripe for spoofing in "Spy Buddies." Grown-ups familiar with the '70s will enjoy the flashback in "The Original Fry Cook," which is chock-full of bad slang, worse music, and fake sideburns. "Friend or Foe" features a young SpongeBob attending school in an overturned shipwreck named "Poseidon Elementary." And while I don't know if it was intentional, I couldn't help but think that "Fungus Among Us" was inspired by "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill" segment from George A. Romero's 1982 horrorfest Creepshow.
Invariably, it all comes down to the humor, and a few episodes in particular had me laughing it up just as much as my 7-year-old son. "Night Light" is SpongeBob at his wacky, manic best. He screams at every hint of darkness, be it a turned-off light, the split second he blinks, or the darkness he discovers in his own noggin after rolling his eyes back into his head. Repeated middle-of-the-night trips to the store to buy night lights leave the inside of his home—even his toilet—plastered with the things. Patrick's futile attempts to understand and deal with an alarm clock and make breakfast are among the highlights in "Rise and Shine." I've always loved laughing at the goofy guy, and he gave me plenty of reason to chuckle in this one. But it's the scene between Plankton and Patrick in "Spy Buddies" that had me rolling, in which an uncomfortable Patrick struggles desperately to hold in his "butt laser" as Plankton offers him bran muffins and prune Danishes.
The two extras (unless you consider previews and credits as "special features") on the disc are a mixed bag. The "Plankton and Krabs Photo Gallery" is sparse, featuring just 10 photos from the "Friend or Foe" episode. Luckily, the "Original Uncut Animatic: Friend or Foe" offers up something with much more substance. As the fully-animated "Friend or Foe" episode plays in a small window, a larger window displays the rough pencil sketches corresponding to the animation. Anyone interested in how animated segments are storyboarded should check this fun behind-the-scenes extra.
Overall, SpongeBob SquarePants: Friend or Foe? is a fun, albeit small, collection of largely-solid episodes. If you've burned through Seasons One through Four and just can't wait until season five hits DVD, you'd do well to check into this one.
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