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'SpongeBob SquarePants: Legends of Bikini Bottom'

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SpongeBob SquarePants Legends of Bikini Bottom

SpongeBob SquarePants Legends of Bikini Bottom

Paramount Home Entertainment
SpongeBob SquarePants: Legends of Bikini Bottom, released November 16, 2010, may seem like a frivolous purchase because if you just wait ten weeks you'll be able to see these episodes on Nickelodeon. However, that will be lost time when you could be laughing out your blowhole right now. These new, never-before-seen episodes are hilarious, bringing back the old craziness of the world of Bikini Bottom, along with snappy new one-liners and funny new characters.

Episodes

I was wary of watching SpongeBob SquarePants: Legends of Bikini Bottom because the cartoon hasn't been true to its original spirit in the last few seasons. Episodes have been missing that special ingredient, if you will, that they had in early seasons. Recent specials, such as "Mystery with a Twistery" and "Clash of the Tritons" were too slick, over-reaching and had only moments of the old brilliance. However, the episodes on Legends of Bikini Bottom are hilarious and destined to become favorites.

Firstly, you know an episode will be funny when it's titled "Bikini Bottom Triangle." My children had no idea why I was laughing at the title frame. In this episode, SpongeBob and the others lose valuable possessions to a mysterious force. Favorite scenes include seeing Gary's booty, watching the old sea dog spit his story and figuring out why Patrick wears cuff links.

In another episode, "The Main Drain," SpongeBob and Patrick go in search of the ocean's drain plug after Mr. Krabs tells them a cautionary tale. I won't ruin the set up because it's just so funny, but my favorite line is, "It's now or never." You have to see it to know why.

Patrick makes friends with a monster he creates in "The Monster Who Came to Bikini Bottom." The two of them hook up with SpongeBob for some mayhem and mischief, ending in a new occupation for the monster. The entire sequence about the ice machine reminded me of old episodes. Best line comes from Patrick asking the monster if he wants to play tag. The monster declines and Patrick says, "Oh, right. That game is kind of hard to explain."

Extra Features

Fans can enjoy a few juicy tidbits on the extras menu. The animated shorts passable, but I enjoyed the behind-the-scenes featurette much more. A promotional episode of Penguins of Madagascar is also included.
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