DVD Review: SpongeBob’s Frozen Face-Off

Winter is considered a slow time for aquatic wildlife since freezing water brings things to a standstill. Thankfully that’s not true in Bikini Bottom with only the ocean floor turning to ice. SpongeBob’s Frozen Face-Off includes a special wintry special that aired during during the balmy month of July and three other episodes that launched season eight of the hit Nickelodeon series.

“Frozen Face-Off” is a great race sled race involving all the characters of Bikini Bottom. Why are they mushing along using worms and snails instead of sled dogs? It’s for a million dollar prize given away by a mysterious rich guy. While all the citizens are off racing, Plankton sneaks back into town to steal the Krabby Patty recipe from the Krusty Krab. The race gets wild when they encounter the Abominable Snow Mollusk. The monster attacks them with ice spikes. This might be a bit frightening for the smallest of SpongeBob fans.

“Accidents Will Happen” injures Squidward on the job. Since Mr. Krabs doesn’t want to report this workplace related accident and get a fine, he’s conned into being Squidward’s personal slave. This gets gross when Squidward wants the zits on his back popped. “The Other Patty” brings a third player into the Bikini Bottom fast food game. Flabby Patty upsets both Mr. Krabs and Plankton. The two cooperate to destroy the competition. But how long before they turn on each other? “Drive Thru” turns a disaster into a positive. Instead of repairing a hole in the Krusty Krab wall, Mr. Krabs transforms it into a drive thru window. All is going well until the city gets upset at the traffic jams from slow service at the overwhelmed hole.

“The Hot Shot” continues SpongeBob’s time at boating school. Except his new driving partner is a racecar legend’s son. The kid tempts SpongeBob to ignore the speed limit. SpongeBob at the wheel with the pedal all the way down is dangerous. “A Friendly Game” turns SpongeBob’s house into a putt putt course when they can’t go outside. This is all good until they have to play through Squidward’s place. “Sentimental Sponge” focuses on how tough it is to spring clean when you have warm memories of your stuff. SpongeBob can’t dump anything including old grease. It’s a spoof of Hoarders as his pineapple house is filled to the ceilings. SpongeBob’s Frozen Face-Off is goofy enough to keep your spirits warm during these winter months.

The video is 1.33:1 full frame. The transfer is fine with all the underwater details shining. The audio is Dolby Digital Stereo. The mix isn’t too complicated. The episodes are Closed Captioned.

Fanboy & Chum Chum episode (23:40) includes “Last Strawberry Fun Finger” (11:47) and (11:53) “Power Out.”

T.U.F.F. Puppy episode (23:40) includes “Snappy Campers” and “Lucky Duck”

SpongeBob’s Frozen Face-Off contains the first four episodes of season eight. Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants maintains its squishy fun with more weirdness around the Krusty Krab. The best is “Drive Thru” since it shows how innovation happens in the fast food industry.

Paramount presents SpongeBob’s Frozen Face-Off. Starring: Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Jill Talley and Clancy Brown. Running Time: 94 minutes. Released on DVD: January 3, 2011. Available at Amazon.com.

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