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SpongeBob Square Pants Presents The Tidal Zone

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Absurdist special lacks SpongeBob's signature sweetness.

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This special is an unexpected Twilight Zone parody for kids, but its lack of heart really hurts the overall quality. SpongeBob SquarePants Presents The Tidal Zone takes the signature absurdism of SpongeBob and cranks it up to level 10. There's a frenetic energy in constantly switching from one chaotic situation to another, with lots of characters taking getting hurt as well as a smattering of surrealist imagery. It also features plenty of gross-out comedy, with gags about stinky socks, bug-killing breath, and a distended eyeball. While older elementary kids will undoubtedly find this funny, the special is missing the show's usual redemptive quality of focusing on friendship and teamwork.

The emotions throughout the special are, in fact, resoundingly negative, with anger, fear, and disgust with others at the center of each story. Sadly, the result is a special with limited redeeming qualities that young kids may find unsettling.

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