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Mainstream - SpongeBob Squarepants - Atlantis Squarepantis

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SpongeBob's Atlantis Squarepantis
SpongeBob Squarepants, Patrick Star, Squidward Tentacles
8 Episodes 1 DVD
Nickelodeon 2007

It was bound to happen - SpongeBob discovers Atlantis on SpongeBob's Atlantis Squarepantis DVD.  For those not in the know, SpongeBob is a good intentioned, little, yellow animated sponge that lives in Bikini Bottom and has many adventures with his friends and co-workers.  In this double episode of SpongeBob Squarepants (that features David Bowie as the voice of Lord Royal Highness from Atlantis), SpongeBob discovers the missing half of the Atlantean medallion and is able to travel, via special bus, to Atlantis with his gang of friends (Patrick, Sandy, Mr. Crabs, Squidward, and even Plankton manages to stowaway). 

This double episode on SpongeBob's Atlantis Squarepantis DVD is really a lot of fun.  It is really a typically silly SpongeBob episode. Atlantis is presented as a wondrous place full of technology and inventions that we can only imagine.  SpongeBob is his usual good natured, helpful self, wanting to right any unintentional wrong that he has done.  That is really the merit of SpongeBob - he always wants to do the right thing, and he does it.  Some in the adult crowd may find his voice a little grating to begin with, but it grows on you after a while.  The only down side to this episode is the intrusion of live action.  "Patchy the Pirate" just doesn't seem to fit, even if it is just the introduction, and neither my four SpongeBob loving kids nor I understood why Patchy was there.

The SpongeBob Squarepants Atlantis Squarepantis DVD also includes six other episodes of SpongeBob.  Money Talks, SpongeBob vs. The Patty Gadget, Slimy Dancing, The Krusty Sponge, Sing a Song of Patrick, and Picture Day.  Although they are all entertaining, some of the episodes are missing an obvious message.  One of the reasons I allow my kids to watch SpongeBob is so we can talk about it, and figure out the lesson together - this is a little hard to do with some of the episodes.

A ‘special features' behind the scenes look of the animation studios and "the making of" was really quite interesting - both my children and I were intrigued with this glance at the way the cartoon is made.

On the whole, Atlantis Squarepantis is a fun, enjoyable DVD that SpongeBob fans young and old will enjoy, if not for the moral of the story, at least for the entertainment value of it.

Carolyn Genge

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