SpongeBob, that little yellow sponge from Bikini Bottom, is back with a double episode that takes him back to the old west. For those unfamiliar, SpongeBob SquarePants is the wildly successful TV cartoon character that "lives in a pineapple under the sea". Kids love him.
The title episode, Pest of the West, has SpongeBob researching his family history, and while doing so, he discovers that his ancestor, SpongeBuck, was the town saviour many years ago.
There are six other episodes on this DVD: The Krusty Plate - SpongeBob battles a spot on a plate; Pat No Pay - Patrick eats at the Krusty Krab, but can't pay for it; The Inmates of Summer - SpongeBob and Patrick are sent to a prison instead of a summer camp by mistake; To Save a Squirrel- survival in the wilderness; 20,000 Patties Under the Sea - SpongeBob SquarePants uses a newly found submarine to sell Krabby patties; and The Battle of Bikini Bottom - SpongeBob and Patrick fight about being clean and dirty.
I am really one for messages, and this Pest of the West kind of delivers. The title episode helps kids see that bullies aren't always that scary. The Battle of Biking Bottom shows kids how silly disagreements can sometimes get out of hand, but in reality they are still just that - SILLY!
Don't get me wrong, my kids loved this DVD, because they are kids and this is Sponge Bob. For me, however, it was little more hit and miss (how DO you discuss survival, and possible cannibalism with your kids?), with some of the episodes more appropriate than others. Could it be that the creators of SpongeBob are running out of things to say? I hope not.
I am lukewarm on this DVD, but my kids loved it. If you want some happy kids this is the disc for you.