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Spongebob:Spongeguard on Duty
Yet another compilation disc of Spongebob Squarepants cartoons from Nickelodeon, Spongeguard on Duty is a nice selection of episodes, even if does only have eight cartoons on it (as opposed to the ten that were on some of the earlier releases in this series). Either way, this disc just goes to prove with Spongebob Squarepants is one of the best, and most popular, cartoons currently on TV. The adventures of Spongebob and his friends in Bikini Bottom are great fun for kids and adults alike, and these DVDs are a great way to revisit some classic episodes.
Here's the lowdown on this volumes selection, all eight episodes here are from the first season…
SpongeGuard On Duty - Larry the Lobster figures that Spongebob would be a perfect candidate to help fill in as a lifeguard for a little while and asks him to lend a hand. Spongebob agrees but realizes that maybe that wasn't such a good idea, as he can't swim!
Naughty Nautical Neighbors - Spongebob and Patrick into are having a great time blowing bubbles under the sea, but sadly, dastardly Squidward becomes annoyed by their laughter. Squidward decides to send nasty messages to the two friends, pretending to be one or the other, to cause a rift between them. Spongebob and Patrick have to figure out what's really going on or risk losing their friendship!
Walking Small - Plankton wakes up on the wrong side of the bed one day and decides he's going to rid the Goo Lagoon of the people who show up there to use the beach. His reasoning? So that he can use the location to setup a new Chum Bucket Mega-Bucket restaurant. He tries to convince Spongebob to be mean and nasty to help him get rid of the unwanted visitors.
Pressure - Sandy is determined to prove to her friends Spongebob, Patrick, Squidward and Mr. Krabs that land creatures are superior to sea creatures. Of course, the four sea creatures disagree and Sandy asks them to prove it… by going onto the land!
Jellyfish Hunter - Spongebob comes up with a new recipe at the Krusty Krab, 'Jelly Krabby Patties.' These become a big hit and so Mr. Krab sends Spongebob out to catch as many jellyfish as he can manage. Spongebob has to rethink things though when it becomes clear that the jellyfish aren't going to be around forever if they keep this up!
Nasty Patty - Spongebob and Mr. Krab think that the health inspector who has shown up to review the Krusty Krab is an imposter, passing himself off as a health inspector only to get free food! To take care of this, they serve him the nastiest Krabby Patty that they can manage. This doesn't look so good for the two when the health inspector keels over dead after eating it.
Doing Time Spongebob tries once again to get his driving license from Mrs. Puff's instructional school. Being Spongebob, he is prone to crashing into anything and everything and this brings down some heat from the police. As the cops chase down Spongebob, Mrs. Puff starts daydreaming about going to jail because of what Spongebob has done.
Clams - Mr. Krabs has just made his one-millionth dollar in business. How does he celebrate? Why, he decides to take Spongebob and Squidward, his two loyal employees, on a fishing trip. Things are going pretty smooth until a giant clam steals the hallowed dollar from Mr. Krabs, and he wants Spongebob's help getting it back.The DVD
Seeing as this is a TV show, it makes sense that the image is presented in its original fullframe 1.33.1 format. Just like the rest of the releases in this series, this compilation looks quite nice. Colors are bright and crisp and there isn't any print damage to speak of. There is a bit of edge enhancement and some shimmering effects in a few of the episodes, but other than that, these cartoons look pretty good and none of the video issues take your attention away from the on-screen action.Sound:
The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix sounds pretty good. Once again, as with the earlier releases in the series, there's nothing to note in regards to hiss or audible defects. The directional effects are minor at best but the lefts and rights are distinguishable in the mix, and there aren't any problems following the dialogue and the background music is mixed and balanced to fit in with the dialogue and effects quite nicely..Extras:
Nickelodeon has supplied five trailers for a few of their other DVD offerings, as well as two episodes, Spongegaurd On Duty and Clams in storyboard format. This is essentially the rough sketch version of the show in black and white still format with basic voiceovers over top of the images. Other than that, there's scene selection available off of the main menu, and an insert inside the keepcase.Final Thoughts:
While it is unfortunate that there are only eight episodes here as opposed to the usual ten that we've been getting on previous releases, the selection here is above average and the audio and video quality are nice. Spongebob Squarepants – Spongeguard On Duty is recommended.
Ian lives in NYC with his wife where he writes for DVD Talk, runs Rock! Shock! Pop!. He likes NYC a lot, even if it is expensive and loud.