Everybody’s favorite sponge is coming back to theaters in February with a brand new film that’s sure to be a great follow-up to the 2004 movie. Nickelodeon has taken it upon themselves to prep fans and newcomers alike for this new film with a primer DVD of sorts in SpongeBob SquarePants: The Pilot, A Mini Movie & The SquareShorts, which packs almost two hours of Spongebob showcasing his humble beginnings to some of his latest escapades.
To start things off, there’s the 1999 pilot episode “Help Wanted”, where viewers are introduced to our porous friend for the first time as he attempts to get a job at the Krusty Krab. It was fun going back and seeing how it all began here, though it feels a bit odd not hearing him talk much throughout the episode. Things really start to get exciting in the nearly hour long “Truth Or Square” feature, which has Spongebob and his friends becoming accidently locked in the Krusty Krab freezer. To help pass the time until they can get out, they play truth or dare which yields some very wacky results. Add in some cameo appearances by Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, LeBron James and even Robin Williams, and you have one heck of a Spongebob feature.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, there’s over forty Spongebob shorts to check out here, such as “Sandy’s Camera”, “SpongeBob’s Legendary Dance Party”, “Jellyfishing Safety Tips” and more that round out this fun DVD pretty well. It would’ve been nice to have a few extra features thrown in, but I’m pretty sure viewers will be too busy enjoying the spongy fun to even care.
The SpongeBob SquarePants: The Pilot, A Mini Movie & The SquareShorts DVD is a fun sampler disc that fans and those new to the series will get a kick out of. While it lacks any special features, the content here is already special enough for families to enjoy before the sequel film floats its way to the theaters and afterwards.