Hey, guys. RedheadXilamGuy here. Now, I know what you're gonna say: "Why are you talking about Atlantis SquarePantis
?? It's the only SpongeBob
episode worse than any other!! It is THE bad SpongeBob
episode!!" Well, that's what I'm gonna talk about right now.
Now, several people consider Atlantis SquarePantis
to be the #1 WORST episode of SpongeBob SquarePants
. While I agree that it's a very bad episode, I wouldn't consider it to be the WORST episode of all time, that spot goes to "A Pal for Gary" ("One Coarse Meal" is actually #3 according to Jem Reviews). In fact, I know you may think I'm crazy, but Atlantis SquarePantis
would've actually been a GREAT episode. I mean, think about it. SpongeBob and his friends going to Atlantis? That sounds awesome!! What could possibly go wrong?? Well...... the fact that it's a forced musical. I'm sure I'm not the only one who thought Atlantis SquarePantis
would've been a great episode, so were HaroldCheese
, and even BPDisneyFan
. Similar to "Oral Report", Atlantis SquarePantis
had a great idea, but I too wish pre-movie SpongeBob SquarePants
did episodes like that, because it's about SpongeBob and his friends going to the lost city of Atlantis, which kinda sounded like an original idea. But POST-movie SpongeBob SquarePants
did the episode, and all of a sudden, they botched it up in a lousy execution. While this episode may not be AS bad as "A Pal for Gary" or Truth or Square
, I can see why people hate this episode. So, here are ways what WOULD'VE made Atlantis SquarePantis
a very exciting episode of SpongeBob SquarePants
, proving that "Oral Report" isn't the only episode that originally had a great idea, but ended up with poor execution.
So the premise of the episode is SpongeBob and his friends visit Atlantis. Several attractions at Atlantis have charms to each of the group, including Sandy, Mr. Krabs, and Squidward. However, after popping the Oldest Bubble, they are chased by the guards. Plankton appears and is adored by the king, who makes Plankton as the replacement attraction of the bubble. SpongeBob and the gang return to Bikini Bottom. And that's probably the premise. But here's what would've made the episode great. Not just the concept, but.....
What if this episode WASN'T a forced musical? That would've been good. BUT if they wanted to make it a musical, they need to have a REASON to make it a musical. First of all, the episode's songs, I will say, were poorly written and forced. Yes, even Squidward's and Plankton's. If they wanted to have an opening musical number, then the first song of this episode should be ABOUT Atlantis instead of bubbles. The writers, I will say, should've done more research on Atlantis. Atlantis isn't about art, bubbles, money, science, OR weapons. If you wanna know what it IS about, look up Atlantis on Wikipedia for example, and you'll find out. A lot of the songs here are very poorly written. Here are the songs from the film:
- The Bubble Song (sung by SpongeBob and Patrick)
- Fueling the Bus (sung by SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Sandy, Plankton, and Squidward)
- Mr. Krabs' Song (sung by Mr. Krabs, BECAUSE)
- Sandy's Song (sung by Sandy, BECAUSE)
- Plankton's Song (sung by Plankton, BECAUSE)
- Squidward's Song (sung by Squidward, BECAUSE)
- Back in Encino (actually sung by Nicolas Carr and Steve Marston)
- Good-Bye Atlantis (sung by SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Sandy, Plankton, and Squidward)
Yeah, all of these songs are poorly written, and have no relation or connection with Atlantis. There are only two song that are close to relating to Atlantis; and those two songs are Fueling the Bus and Good-Bye Atlantis, but even Fueling the Bus doesn't know what Atlantis is about. Good-Bye Atlantis probably doesn't much either. If you're gonna make Atlantis SquarePantis a musical, you need to have ALL or MOST songs that are about Atlantis. This episode also could've used humor. Oh, and let's not forget about guest star David Bowie. Yes, I know he died back in 2016, but it would be very nice for this episode to let him sing just at least one song. He does voice Lord Royal Highness, but I agree, why can't Lord Royal Highness sing? They probably should've wrote a song about Atlantis for him.
The Bubble Song shouldn't be the first song in the episode, because this episode is about Atlantis.
Also, if you're gonna use the Patchy the Pirate subplots, make his house Atlantis-themed, or have him and Potty visit Atlantis, while wearing underwater suits. Oh, and also, don't forget to use the narrator as well.
Take a few examples of musical episodes from popular cartoons that came before (and/or after) Atlantis SquarePantis came out.:
Boat Show, a Space Ghost Coast to Coast musical episode, which consisted of 11 numbers. Yeah, the episode is 15 minutes long, but the songs were very hilarious. I know the show is for adults, but watch and see to find out.
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. I know that was actually an R-rated theatrical film based on a TV-MA-rated TV show, BUT it DOES count as a feature-length episode of a popular TV show. And the songs in Bigger, Longer & Uncut were very well-written and perfectly orchestrated.
See Me, Feel Me, Gnome Me, an episode of the original Powerpuff Girls. This episode was one of Chris Savino's biggest highlights in seasons 5 and 6 of the original show. And the songs weren't so bad.
What does Atlantis SquarePantis do? Shove their songs down our throats for no reason, just because it's a musical. What is this? Rock-A-Doodle??!!
"Hello Bikini Bottom!" may be a better musical episode of SpongeBob, but I wish Atlantis SquarePantis was too.
And yeah, even WatchMojo.com hates this episode. Also, what's up with the filler?? That's one more thing about this episode I wanted to talk about. DON'T EVER USE FILLER!!!
And those are why I think Atlantis SquarePantis would've actually been a great episode, because it's about SpongeBob and his friends going to Atlantis. BUT this is also why I wish PRE-movie SpongeBob SquarePants did something like this. Yes, they did a mediocre episode like "The Sponge Who Could Fly", which was ALSO a musical episode, BUT it wasn't as bad as THIS episode. Pre-Movie SpongeBob has shown us what being a pirate is like (Aargh!), what going above water is like (Pressure), and so many others, and have even tackled self medicating (Suds), procrastinating (Procrastination), swearing (Sailor Mouth), and many other interesting topics, and handled them in a very creative, funny, and subtle manner. I feel like doing an episode about Atlantis would've been another episode they could've excelled at, besides public speaking. But no, POST-movie SpongeBob did the Atlantis episode, and all they did was use Atlantis just for songs and most things that actually DON't relate to Atlantis. Just a complete waste of opportunity in my opinion.
And that's why I wish Atlantis SquarePantis would've been a great episode. I'm the RedheadXilamGuy, and I'll see you guys next time.