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SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Bikini Bottom crew visits dry land in funny TV special.

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For SpongeBob fans, this birthday bash is an appropriate celebration of twelve seasons of the ocean's most famous angular resident. It's filled with absurdist humor, physical gags, gross-out moments, and quirky characters both under the sea and above ground. The show's mix of animation and live-action, which gets a lot of play during the characters' trip to Surface Land, is what really sells this story. Much hilarity ensues as their water-filled aquarium motors about across the beach (and past David Hasselhoff!), encounters a thirsty dog, gets emptied (and slimed) in a Patrick-induced accident, and nearly goes completely off the rails in the local "fish prison."

SpongeBob remains a fairly hard-lined love-it-or-leave-it TV pick, with fans hopelessly devoted to its creative, if slightly manic, humor, and others just not getting the shtick. SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout is surprisingly successful at bridging that gap -- at least for a short time -- with its unique mixed-media format that gives viewers a laugh-out-loud outsider's view of the human world as they follow the aquarium tour through town. It probably won't sway many SpongeBob nonfans, but it does make for a tolerable pick for watching with your kids if they're in the SpongeBob camp.

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