SpongeBob SquarePants has been entertaining families since he debuted in 1999. Airing two 10 minute stories per episode, the show has gone on to become a phenomenon for Nickelodeon and enjoyed big screen success in 2004. In fact a new SpongeBob movie is due for release in 2015 proving that the loveable character’s popularity is still as strong as ever. Recently Paramount released SpongeBob On Tour, the latest DVD release featuring a selection of episodes from the series.
SpongeBob On Tour features 7 episodes taken from the show’s seventh and eighth seasons. With a loose musical theme running through some episodes, the DVD opens with the double-length episode Hello Bikini Bottom where SpongeBob and Squidward find themselves unwittingly touring the town with a musical collaboration. After being spotted by a concert promoter, the hapless duo is forced on the road by greedy Mr Krabs and of course all hell breaks loose.
Elsewhere on the disc Gary helps SpongeBob learn to say ‘no’ in The Abrasive Side, Patrick is left to look after Gary whilst SpongeBob visits his Grandma, and Squidward is distraught when he loses his tickets for the Kelpy G concert. Bubble Troubles had us laughing our socks off as SpongeBob and Patrick discover the joy of blowing chili bubbles into each other’s eyes (we kid you not) before having to save a near airless Sandy the Squirrel.
Our favourite episode on the release is Earworm. Reminiscent of Family Guy’s fixation with Bird is the Word, the episode finds SpongeBob addicted to Musical Doodle by The Sonars. With the tune firmly stuck in his head, and in ours by the end of the episode, it’s one of the funniest (and annoying) episodes of the show we’ve ever seen. We bet you’ll be humming the song for days after.
The wonderful thing about SpongeBob is that the series works on a variety of levels. Children can watch the show and enjoy it but so can adults too. Once or twice we found ourselves holding in a shocked laugh at the realisation that some of the things the characters say or do can be construed in two ways. Obviously for kids it will go straight over their heads but adults should get the subtle humour.
As a bonus on the disc there’s an episode of Fanboy & Chum Chum to enjoy. The show centres around two hyperactive and odd best-friends who are obsessed with superhero comics. If you like SpongeBob you’ll love it!
SpongeBob On Tour is another quirky and hugely enjoyable release. It seems that after 14 years SpongeBob SquarePants is still as entertaining as ever. Thankfully there are a couple more SpongeBob releases before the year is out so keep your eyes peeled. We’ve got the dates already marked in the diary.