DVD
SpongeBob Squarepants
Tales From the Deep

Starring: SpongeBob Squarepants
Paramount
RRP: 12.99
PHE 8549
Certificate: U
Available 01 November 2004


Watch the loveable, optimistic sea sponge, known as SpongeBob, and friends in a host of episodes that follow their underwater escapades.
This collection kicks off with the double-length episode House Party in which SpongeBob throws his own party only to lock himself out. In I Had an Accident a careless fall makes SpongeBob vow never to leave the house again. In Just one bite, SpongeBob, desperately attempts to get his miserable co-worker, Squidward, to taste the delicacy of 'Krabby Patty'! Later it is this Krabby patty that lands the money grabbing Mr. Krabs in hospital and bargaining for his soul in the episode Born Again Krabs...

Other episodes in Tales From the Deep include: Hall Monitor in which it is SpongeBob's turn to be hall monitor at Mrs Puff's Boating school... much to her dismay; Valentine's Day - Patrick is not impressed with SpongeBob's gift of a 'handshake'; Mermaidman and Barnacleboy are TV heroes and SpongeBob and Patrick want them to come out of retirement and fight crime. Saying no could be their toughest challenge yet; Tea at the Treedome - Unfortunately tea at Sandy's home is not as straightforward as SpongeBob hoped since it is filled with air... not good for a sponge; The Paper - a worthless wrapper could prove to be a gold mine of entertainment.

As with modern cartoons, SpongeBob is just as entertaining for adults as it is for kids - although on a different level. Most of us (or maybe just me) will be able to identify with SpongeBob's miserable neighbour, Squidwad. Could you really live next door to such a cheery soul as SpongeBob without getting annoyed at every little thing he does?

The press release for this DVD stated that there were also some extras on this collection (the Underwater Sun music video, drawing the Goo Lagoon and the storyboard for SpongeBob's House Party). However if they are on the DVD I couldn't find them and they aren't mentioned on the back of the DVD sleeve.

But, who cares whether there are any extras? Nine episodes (one a double length one too) of SpongeBob Squarepants is surely worth £13 of anyone's money.

Ray Thompson

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