DVD Review: SpongeBob ScaryPants Collection

Our favorite cartoon characters get a little bit more frightening as Halloween gets closer. Ghosts and ghouls lurk in the background and spring out to cause more animated insanity. Those that aren’t out to scare enjoy dressing up their friendly characters for the holiday. SpongeBob ScaryPants Collection brings together the best of the spooky season episodes that haunted Bikini Bottom. The set is a combo pack of two previously released collections. Halloween was originally released in 2002 at the start of SpongeBob-mania. Ghouls Fools came out a decade later.

Halloween has 10 episodes from the early days with SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward. “Scaredy Pants” has SpongeBob dress up for Halloween as the Flying Dutchman. Nobody seems impressed or scared. But things do get frightening when the real Flying Dutchman appears. He’s not happy. “Imitation Krabs” puts Plankton in a disguise so he can snag the Krabby Patty recipe. “Frankendoodle” is a Harold and the Purple Crayon moment. SpongeBob finds a magic pencil and draws a new friend. All is fun and games until his creation runs wild. “Squidward, the Unfriendly Ghost” makes SpongeBob and Patrick think they’ve killed the guy. The other five episodes aren’t so Halloween related. They include “The Secret Box,” “Band Geeks,” “Welcome to the Chum Bucket,” “My Pretty Seahorse” and “Idiot Box.”

Ghous Fools is a collection focusing on the ghostly Flying Dutchman.” “Ghoul Fools” crashes a haunted houseboat near SpongeBob’s pineapple house. Patrick thinks it’s a cheap haunted house intended to scare only little children. Turns out it’s real and operated by Lord Poltergeist (Get A Life‘s Chris Elliot). He steals SpongeBob and Patrick’s soul and forced them to go to town to get a new head gasket for his boat. He needs to get moving since he’s the Flying Dutchman’s first mate and left with his old boss’s property. “The Curse of Bikini Bottom” starts with Patrick and SpongeBob horsing around with a lawnmower. The duo chop off the Flying Dutchman’s beard before his big date. He curses the duo by turning them into ghosts. “Ghost Host” (season four) wrecks the Flying Dutchman’s ship. While he’s waiting for it to get repaired, he sleeps on SpongeBob’s sofa. The ghost really overstays his welcome.

“Born Again Krabs” kills Mr. Krabs when he eats a bad Krabby Patty. The Flying Dutchman comes to throw his soul into Davy Jones locker. He escapes death by promising the Flying Dutchman that he’ll be generous with his employees and customers. How long can he keep this promise and what will happen if he breaks it? “Arrgh!” turns into a treasure map hunt. Mr. Krabs thinks the map in SpongeBob’s game about the Flying Dutchman leads to a real treasure chest. Can he really get the ghost’s hidden gold? “You Shoe’s Untied” involves the Flying Dutchman in a small role teaching SpongeBob a variety of knots. “Money Talks” grants Mr. Krabs the ability to hear money talk. The Flying Dutchman only takes his soul in exchange. Mr. Krabs has a soul?

Brian Doyle-Murray (Caddyshack) provides the voice of the Flying Dutchman. He also speaks for Captain K’nuckles on The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack so he has his sea tongue down. He’s had a better career in animation than his brother Bill Murray (Garfield). SpongeBob ScaryPants is a fine combo for aquatic chills this scary season. Although somehow it really scared my daughter:

The video is 1.33:1 full frame. The transfers are the same ones from the previous solo releases. The audio is Dolby Digital Stereo. You’ll get to enjoy the dulcet tones of Brian Doyle Murray. The episodes are Closed Captioned.

SpongeBob Scaredy Pants Music Video will get the kids dancing.

SpongeBob ScaryPants Collection brings the haunting holiday to Bikini Bottom. The two collections pay tribute to disguises and the Flying Dutchman. This is currently a Walmart exclusive.

Nickelodeon & Paramount present SpongeBob ScaryPants Collection. Starring: Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown and Brian Doyle Murray. Boxset Contents: 17 episodes on 2 DVDs. Released: September 9, 2014.