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DVD Review: SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Eleventh Season

March 31, 2020

By John Corrado

Created by the late Stephen Hillenburg, the talking yellow sea sponge named SpongeBob SquarePants first made his debut on TV in 1999, and the wildly popular cartoon is still going strong over twenty years later. Now the complete eleventh season of the show is being released on DVD this week, in a three disc set that includes all 26 episodes from the season that first aired on TV between 2017 and 2018.

The first disc features the nine episodes Cave Dwelling Sponge/The Clam Whisperer; Spot Returns/The Check-Up; Spin the Bottle/There’s a Sponge in My Soup; Man Ray Returns/Larry the Floor Manager; The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom; No Pictures Please/Stuck on the Roof; Krabby Patty Creature Feature/Teacher’s Pests; Sanitation Insanity/Bunny Hunt; and Squid Noir/Scavenger Pants.

The nine episodes on the second disc include Cuddle E. Hugs/Pat the Horse; Chatterbox Gary/Don’t Feed the Clowns; Drive Happy/Old Man Patrick; Fun-Sized Friends/Grandmum’s the Word; Doodle Dimension/Moving Bubble Bass; High Sea Diving/Bottle Burglars; My Leg!/Ink Lemonade; Mustard O’ Mine/Shopping List; and Whale Watching/Krusty Kleaners.

Finally, the third disc holds the eight episodes Patnocchio/ChefBob; Plankton Paranoia/Library Cards; Call the Cops/Surf N’ Turf; Goons on the Moon; Appointment TV/Karen’s Virus; The Grill is Gone/The Night Patty; Bubbletown/Girls’ Night Out; and Squirrel Jelly/The String. I was able to watch through the entire season over the past few days, and it’s a lot of fun, filled with the usual manic energy, offbeat sensibility and moments of wonderful visual humour that are a staple of SpongeBob SquarePants.

Some of the highlights here include a trio of freeloading hippies living behind the Krusty Krab who take up residence in a pot of soup (There’s a Sponge in My Soup), a parody of The Twilight Zone dubbed The Tidal Zone (No Pictures Please), a black and white riff on the film noir genre (Squid Noir), Gary taking on the voice of Keith David through a translator collar (Chatterbox Gary), and the return of DoodleBob (Doodle Dimension). Other highlights include the two double episodes Goons on the Moon and The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom, a nicely done stop-motion Halloween special which had previously gotten its own standalone DVD release.

The DVD set also includes the bonus mini episode Plankton’s Color Nullifier on the third disc, which is the sole special feature on this release.

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Eleventh Season is a Paramount Home Media Distribution release. It’s 591 minutes and rated G.

Street Date: March 31st, 2020

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