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SpongeBob Atlantis SquarePantis DVD

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SpongeBob SquarePants - Atlantis Squarepantis

SpongeBob SquarePants - Atlantis Squarepantis

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The Bottom Line

I was a bit disappointed with this special episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, Atlantis SquarePantis. Not since Where's Gary? has there been a SpongeBob special or even episode that has the same brilliant silliness of the early episodes. The songs in Atlantis SquarePantis just aren't as good, either. Their music is best when it's a parody of something else, not straight on singing. Kids will enjoy this DVD, but adults, who love the crazy antics, tongue-in-cheek humor and naive blunderings of early SpongeBob will be disappointed.
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Pros

  • Seven episodes and two extras for a great price.
  • David Bowie guest stars.
  • Some fun antics with SpongeBob and Patrick.

Cons

  • Songs aren't terribly funny or catchy.
  • David Bowie doesn't sing!
  • Lacks the spontaneity of early SpongeBob episodes.

Description

  • Seven episodes.
  • "Inside the SpongeBob Animation Studios" bonus feature.
  • "Behind the Pantis: The Making of Atlantis SquarePantis" bonus feature.

Guide Review - SpongeBob Atlantis SquarePantis DVD

Where is the SpongeBob I know and love? Recent seasons and special episodes have left me scratching my head, rather than holding my mouth to avoid a spit-take from laughing.

Atlantis SquarePantis seemed epic in scope, much like Dunces and Dragons (Lost in Time). SpongeBob finds the missing half of an anicent relic that, when reunited with the half kept in the Bikini Bottom museum, leads the gang to the lost city of Atlantis. Atlantis is much like Oz; each member of the party finds their dreams fulfilled. And Atlantis is ruled by none other than David Bowie playing Lord Royal Highness.

Here and there were funny moments, mainly involving SpongeBob and Patrick and the oldest living bubble. Occasionally Squidward's superiority and thrill with the Atlanteans wonderful art provided laughs. But other than that, the clever wackiness of Where's Gary? and the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was missing.

The musical numbers were dull. And here's a head scratcher: David Bowie guest stars, but doesn't sing. I watched the entire show waiting for Lord Royal Highness to break into song, only to be left wanting.

The other episodes included on the DVD are of the same ilk. "Slimy Dancing" is pretty good, having SpongeBob show up Squidward during dance practice. "Picture Day" is also pretty funny, but I'm a sucker for anything involving SpongeBob and Mrs. Puff's Boating School.

Children, and possibly teens, won't mind (or even notice) the lack of silly but clever humor, but I sure did.

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