This is an eclectic mix of SpongeBob shorts, with no real common theme. So there’s a humorous safety bit about boating with SpongeBob wreaking havoc on the streets, SpongeBob and Patrick trying to find the nerve to ride a terrifying roller coaster (this is a highlight), Squidward undergoing a personality shift, and so on. All good fun, but not as many hysterical home runs as on some other collections. There are seven pieces altogether, totalling 83 minutes.
T…e audio is very much par for the course for this line of releases. The audio is limited to 2.0, but both music and sound effects have a decent surround presence. The sound is lively, and completely free of distortion. A thorough job, then, but still no 5.1 in sight.
Some earlier releases were a bit rocky in this department, but that seems to be very much a thing of the past now. The colours are simply brilliant and do not suffer from any fluctuation. There is no grain, aliasing, or other such problems, and the image is as sharp as all animated releases should be. Well done.
If this is a SpongeBob disc, there must be an animatic included. Sure enough, there it is (for “A Fresh Breath of Squidward”). There’s also a trivia contest, which will insult the intelligence of any viewer over the age of six months.
Oh sure, this is a cash grab when combined with the season sets. But who cares. Bring on the Fiery Fist O’ Death!
Special Features List
- “Getting to Know the Bikini Bottomites” Game