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Rating
Video:   8/10
Audio:   7/10
Extras:   1/10

SpongeBob DVDPants
by Gord Lacey (All reviews)
11/30/2008

SpongeBob SquarePants premiered on Nickelodeon in July of 1999. The creation of a marine-biology teacher, SpongeBob SquarePants is the story of a likable, rather naive sponge living in Bikini Bottom with his friends. SpongeBob is a cook at "The Krusty Krab" where he works with his neighbor, and sometime-friend, Squidward the squid. Patrick, the starfish, and Sandy the squirrel join SpongeBob in his many adventures. SpongeBob SquarePants attracts 10 million kids between 2 and 11 each week, making it the most popular cartoon for that age group.

Disc 1 (2:28:09)
Atlantis SqurePantis (41:16)
Picture Day (7:00)
A Flea in Her Dome (10:52)
Mermaidman vs. SpongeBob (10:58)
Le Big Switch (10:58)
The Donut of Shame (7:00)
Blackjack (10:52)
Blackened Sponge (10:58)
Pest of the West (21:52)
The Krusty Plate (4:01)
Pat No Pay (12:22)

Disc 2 (2:08:08)
The Inmates of Summer (11:45)
To Save a Squirrel (10:59)
20,000 Patties Under the Sea (11:00)
The Battle of Bikini Bottom (11:01)
What Ever Happened to SpongeBob? (21:52)
Goo Goo Gas (10:52)
The Two Faces of Squidward (10:46)
Spongehenge (10:59)
Banned in Bikini Bottom (10:57)
Stanley S. SquarePants (17:57)

Video

The quality of the video on this release is fairly good, only exhibiting a bit of noise in the picture, and some jaggies here and there. These episodes are all less than a year old, so the quality is really good. The "Play All" feature is present in this release, as well as episode selections, but there aren't any chapters in the episodes.

Audio

The stereo track on this release is decent, but the surround track from earlier releases is better. There are some nice directional effects used in these episodes, something I'm a big fan of. There aren't any subtitles, but the show is closed captioned.

Extras - How we rate extras

Karaoke Music Videos (7:01)
Play these songs with, or without, vocals.
Bubble Song (1:24)
Good-Bye Atlantis (1:53)
Dead Eye (1:36)
Together (1:08)
If I Could Talk to Money (1:00)

Summary

With countless SpongeBob DVDs already out, I'm finding it harder and harder to wrap up these reviews. I'll admit I was a bit surprised by the lack of bonus material in the set. I enjoyed the days of behind-the-scenes material for the show, but with nearly 40 DVDs released, that must be difficult to pull off for every release, not to mention you simply run out of material that can be included.


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