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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » SpongeBob Squarepants - Halloween
SpongeBob Squarepants - Halloween
Paramount // Unrated // August 27, 2002
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Review by Mike Long | posted September 5, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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Nickelodeon's wildly popular anitmated series "Spongebob Squarepants" makes its second foray to DVD with "Spongebob Squarepants -- Halloween". Technically speaking (and isn't that what we like to do here?), only one of the ten episodes included on this disc deals with Halloween. There are four additional shows that have "spooky" aspects, and then five bonus shows that have nothing at all to do with Halloween.

For those of you who aren't familiar with SpongeBob and his antics, the title character is a sea-sponge (who just happens to be shaped like a kitchen sponge!) that lives in the ocean, in a neighborhood called Bikini Bottom. He works as a short-order cook in a restaurant called The Krusty Krab. SpongBob's best-friend is a somewhat dim starfish named Patrick, and he loves to annoy his neighbor Squidward the squid.

The ten episodes are:

"Scaredy Pants" -- It's Halloween and for once, Spongebob (voiced by Tom Kenny) wants to be scary. So, with the aid of his friend Patrick the starfish (voiced by Bill Fagerbakke), Spongebob goes to extreme lengths to frighten his friends and neighbors.
"Imitation Krabs" -- Plankton (voiced by Mr. Lawrence) will go to any lengths to see the secret of the Krusty Krab restaurant's famous "Krabby Patties". So, he impersonates Mr. Krabs (voiced by Clancy Brown) to steal the recipe.
"Frankendoodle" -- When Spongebob and Patrick find a pencil, they soon learn that anything they draw will come to life. But, Spongebob's doodle of himself turns out to be quite a handful.
"I Was a Teenage Gary" -- Gary, Spongebob's pet snail, becomes ill and Spongebob accidentally takes some of Gary's medicine. This causes Spongebob to mutate, forcing Squidward (voiced by Rodger Bumpass) to deal with the mess.
"Squidward, the Friendly Ghost" -- Spongebob and Patrick become convinced that they've accidentally killed Squidward, who takes advantage of the situation by making the hapless duo his slaves.
"The Secret Box" -- The friendship between Spongebob and Patrick is jeopardized when SpongeBob becomes obsessed with peeking into Patrick's secret box.
Band Geeks -- Squidward decides to put together a band, using his friends and neighbors, to show-up an old rival. As Squidward is involved, the results are disatrous.
"Welcome to the Chum Bucket" -- Plankton wins the services of SpongeBob in a bet with Mr. Krabs. However, he soon learns that working with SpongeBob isn't much of a prize.
"My Pretty Seahorse" -- When SpongeBob adopts a seahorse, it wreaks havoc on The Krusty Krab.
"Idiot Box" -- SpongeBob and Patrick order a big-screen TV, but only because they want the box to play in. This infuriates Squidward, who can't understand how anyone can have fun with a box.

The animation on "SpongeBob Squarepants" is done in an exaggerated style, which is reminiscent of "Ren & Stimpy". The humor is designed to appeal to a large audience, as there is silly things for the kids, and more sly humor for adults, some of which reminds me of "The Simpsons". One of the best attributes of the show is that it features a large cast of characters, therefore giving the writers a plethora of story options. Granted, the show is far from cerebral, but it is undeniably funny and this DVD definitely offers some great episodes.

Video

The episodes on this DVD are presented in a full-frame format and look quite good. The image is sharp and clear, showing no grain or defects from the source print. Basically, these episodes are pristine and certainly rival (or better) digital broadcast quality.

Audio

This disc contains a Dolby digital stereo audio track which provides clear dialogue with no hissing. The stereo seperation is very good, giving the track a feeling of depth. The dynamic range is fine and the track is well-balanced.

Extras

This DVD is rather lite in the extras department, as it features only a music video by the band The Ghastly Ones, for the song "SpongeBob Scaredy Pants" (made up of clips from the show) and a preview for an upcoming "SpongeBob" video game,which will be landing on PlayStation 2 and GameCube.

The "SpongeBob Squarepants -- Halloween" DVD is a feast for fans of the show and will serve as a nice introduction to SpongeBob and his friends for the uninitiated. This DVD actually offers a better selection of shows than the first "SpongeBob" DVD (the over-riding theme helps), and the transfer is very good.
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