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Five vacation adventures from SpongeBob and the gang.

DVD Review: SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob’s Runaway Roadtrip

With school back in session across the country, the first thing most kids are being asked is “How did you spend your summer vacation?” SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends in Bikini Bottom have all been out on vacation too, and are sharing their adventures in the new DVD SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob’s Runaway Roadtrip.

We begin with SpongeBob sending out misleading invitations to the gang. For example, the one that Mr. Krabs is sent says “Please come to my house tonight. I’m having a free money party!” When Squidward, Mr. Krabs, Sandy, and the rest arrive, they quickly discover the real purpose of the gathering is for SpongeBob to show slides of his and Patrick’s vacation to the Great Barrier Reef.

Naturally enough, events conspire to prevent them from ever actually getting to their destination, but plenty of fun occurs anyway. They even manage to win the Basscar car races before being sidelined at a roadside service station. It is here that Patrick and SpongeBob are picked up by a random flying insect, while SpongeBob’s parents wait for the car to be fixed.

After “A SquarePants Family Vacation,“ Patrick takes over the slide projector to share his own story, “Patrick’s Staycation.“ Following this, it seems that the rest of the group have had second thoughts, and wish to share their own vacation adventures. Sheldon is next, with “Walking The Plankton.” Then comes Sandy’s “Mooncation,” and finally the boss himself, Mr. Krabs in “Mr. Krabs Takes A Vacation.”

These various vacation-themed episodes run together as the main feature, which is just over 66 minutes in length. There are also two bonus episodes: “Hide And Then What Happens?” and “Shellback Shenanigans,” which bring the entire package up to about 90 minutes.

As always, SpongeBob and his friends’ adventures in Bikini Bottom are great fun for pre-teens and their parents. SpongeBob’s Runaway Roadtrip is being released on DVD exclusively first, and will premiere on Nickelodeon in November.

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