'SpongeBob SquarePants: Bikini Bottom Bash'
(Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, et al / DVD / NR / 2020 / PBS)
Overview: You're all invited to the biggest Bikini Bottom celebration ever - SpongeBob's birthday!
But it's a surprise, so SpongeBob and Patrick are going on a tour of the surface world while everyone else plans the birthday blowout below.
DVD Verdict: 'Bikini Bottom Bash' is a brand new 'SpongeBob SquarePants' DVD that contains one episode from season 3, three episodes from season 6, and one episode from season 12.
Up first is 'SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout,' and it is just oh-so lovingly embraced (as an older episode) with old school humor that has always made us laugh.
There are lots of Easter eggs and cameos from characters from the beginning of the series to Season 11 included too and there are even a couple of celebrity cameos!
Personally, watching most of the main cast make live action appearances made it ever so special to me, and so I can honestly say that in this tribute to Steve Hillenburg, this special episode was just super funny and highly entertaining -- for me and my kids!
Next up is 'SpongeBob's House Party,' where whilst out grocery shopping, our hero discovers a "how to throw a party" kit and decides to throw a big party and invites everyone he's ever known!
This story of SpongeBob throwing the big House Party has its moments, especially with Patrick mistaking Mr. Krabs for Patrick (yes, it really is that dumb) and Larry looking at himself in the mirror (which turns out to be an image of a real lobster!).
Also, SpongeBob comes up with the utterly boring idea of reading a comic strip out loud and Patrick gives the phone to an ice sculpture of SpongeBob in a punch bowl!
That said, the song at the end was actually a lot of fun, with some interesting visual animation thrown in so this is rather a good episode, in truth.
Then we get 'Sun Bleached,' which is where SpongeBob accidentally gets too much of a tan! Everybody who's anybody is going to a big party in Bikini Bottom, but you have to be a certain shade of tan to get in.
SpongeBob and Patrick decide to get tan so they can go to the party, but SpongeBob accidentally goes too far and turns sun-bleached white!
Now, not only is he the wrong shade, but he can barely move without cracking and turning to dust! And so, as you can see, it also comes with a big warning to the kids thinking that sunbathing is something not to be done in moderation -- or without lotion!
Next up is 'The Slumber Party,' where Mr. Krabs interferes with Pearl's slumber party. Inclusive of a few jokes repeated from 'No Weenies Allowed' (about a disguised person that looks just like SpongeBob) and one from 'Can You Spare A Dime? (about being allergic to newsprint), this episode still is funny enough to stand on its own.
Actually, I thought most of the jokes really worked in this one, particularly with how SpongeBob absorbed all the root beer! It even has kind and sincere ending, of course.
The final episode is 'Truth or Square,' and which is to me one of the funniest, is all about the flashback! Like the one where SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs travel to find a safe space to tell SpongeBob the Krabby Patty formula -- and they go so far back they end up where they started!
Funnily enough, and given that this particular episode is now nearly ten years old, the kids who watched this my age when it ran are now in college or beyond! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.