DVD Review: SpongeBob & Friends: Patrick SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants has been a massive hit for Nickelodeon for nearly 15 years. But the little yellow guy didn’t become a superstar on his own. He’s had a great supporting cast that puts up with his nautical nonsense. His prime partner in the Bikini Bottom weirdness is his neighbor Patrick Starfish. The pink fellow in the flowery baggie swimsuit is TV’s ultimate goofball character. He’s perfect bait for fun since his logic is all over the place. SpongeBob & Friends: Patrick SquarePants pays tribute to the cohort with 14 shorts that let him share the screen with SpongeBob.

“The Gift of Gum” gives an exchange between SponeBob and Patrick of amazing presents. “Big Sister Sam” introduces us to Patrick’s sibling. She thinks she’s a decorator, but she’s more like a terminator. “I’m With Stupid” forces SpongeBob to play dumb so Patrick can look smarter for his parents. “The Googly Artiste” turns Patrick into an artistic genius. This should be an episode of Portlandia. “Dunces and Dragons” sends the guys back to medieval times. “Driven to Tears” puts them in driving school. Only one of them will pass the test. “Squidward’s School for Grown Ups” lets Patrick grow a beard. He’s going to move to Brooklyn. “Karate Star” is a Kung Fu masterpiece. “Patrick SmartPants” makes him a genius. Can the residents of Bikini Bottom deal with his big brain?

“Pet Sitter Pat” destroys another house with good intentions. “The Secret Box” is a secret that drives SpongeBob nuts. “Big Pink Loser” makes Patrick desperate to be a winner like SpongeBob. “New Student Starfish” is more fun in driving school. “That’s No Lady” is a cross dressing comedy.

Here’s my daughter’s review of the DVD:

The Shorts
“The Gift of Gum,” “Big Sister Sam,” “I’m With Stupid,” “The Googly Artiste,” “Dunces and Dragons,” “Driven to Tears,” “Squidward’s School for Grown Ups,” “Karate Star,” “Patrick SmartPants,” “Pet Sitter Pat,” “The Secret Box,” “Big Pink Loser,” “New Student Starfish” and “That’s No Lady”

The video is 1.33:1 full frame. The animation looks fine. Patrick’s pink body shines on the screen. The audio is Dolby Digital Stereo. The sound reflects Patrick’s way of thinking outloud. The shorts are Closed Captioned.

No bonus features.

Patrick SquarePants lets SpongeBob’s pal get a chance to shine. His goofball ways add so much to the popular cartoon.

Nickelodeon and Paramount present Patrick SquarePants Starring: Patrick, SpongeBob, Squidward and Plankton. Rated: G. Boxset Contents. 14 Shorts on 1 DVD. Released: January 14, 2013.