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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: Fear Of A Krabby Patty (published August 31st, 2005), Spongebob Squarepants: Friend Or Foe? (published August 29th, 2007), 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.
Little. Yellow. Different.
(Jacques Cousteau voice on)
Ah…zee Paramount Pictures studio. Eef eet is Janvier, eet must be time for zee powers-zat-be at Paramount to eessue ah-no-there deesk featuring zee adventures of zee SpongeBob…
(Jacques Cousteau voice off)
And here it is: Home Sweet Pineapple, the latest and greatest from the small yellow filter-feeder who lives in a pineapple under the sea. (He is also absorbent and porous.) Everyone's present and accounted-for: SpongeBob (Tom Kenny, Mr. Show), his dimwitted but loyal friend Patrick Star (Bill Fagerbakke, Coach), his non-dimwitted but loyal squirrel friend Sandy Cheeks (Carolyn Lawrence, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius), his grumpy neighbor/coworker Squidward Tentacles (Rodger Bumpass), and his stingy boss Eugene H. Krabs (Clancy Brown, The Shawshank Redemption, Starship Troopers).
In typical Paramount fashion, the disc features five episodes as the main feature, and three "bonus" episodes as part of the extras. In other words, it's an eight-episode disc. Why they just can't say that…Well, anyhow, Home Sweet Pineapple is a fairly average set of episodes. There aren't any real clunkers here, but neither are there any of the classic Bugs Bunny-level episodes that the show has produced. Here's what you get:
• "Home Sweet Pineapple"
• "Band Geeks"
• "Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm"
• "Ripped Pants"
• "Sandy's Rocket"
• "Culture Shock"
• "MuscleBob BuffPants"
• "Employee of the Month"
I'm a fairly recent convert to SpongeBob Nation, but thanks to the fact that it's on Nickelodeon about 100 times a day, I've caught on pretty quick. This batch of episodes is a generally representative sample of the show—not the worst collection, but not the best. At its best, SpongeBob SquarePants is the kind of cartoon that has plenty of silly fun for the kiddies, but lots of extremely witty humor for parents. (I love lines like SpongeBob's "Squidward has always come through for us when it was convenient for him!" That's from "Band Geeks," by far the best of the bunch here.) Sometimes, though, it's just a straight-out kids' cartoon, full of Jerry Lewis-like slapstick and pretty colors. But either way, it's charming. SpongeBob manages to be earnest and child-like without ever crossing into "I want to put pencils through my eyes after five minutes of this" territory—like, say, Elmo. I don't think comparisons to the classic Warner Brothers cartoons of the Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck era are far off base. Admittedly, the artistry of the Warner Brothers cartoons was superior, and they also managed to slip a great deal of culture into their looniness (how many kids have been introduced to Richard Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries by "Kill the Wabbit"?). But to this reviewer it's clear that SpongeBob and Bugs Bunny are the rare cartoons that both parents and children can watch without boredom.
Picture and sound are adequate—competent but nothing special. Hey, it's still better than VHS. Other than the "bonus episodes," the only extras included are cast biographies taken from the book SpongeBob Exposed!: The Insider's Guide to SpongeBob SquarePants. They're cute, occasionally witty (Patrick's favorite activity: "Whatever SpongeBob is doing"), and kids will enjoy them. Heck, I enjoyed them.
So there you have it: SpongeBob SquarePants: Home Sweet Pineapple is a solid eight-episode collection of an entertaining children's cartoon. It's a decent addition to any SpongeFan's collection. What more need be said?
Okay, I'm off to flop on the deck like a fish. Enjoy!
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