The world of Bikini Bottom

Oh, who lives in a pineapple under the sea? If you don’t know the answer to that question, you need to start watching more quality television.

The answer is, of course, Bikini Bottom’s own Spongebob Squarepants.

This cartoon is seriously good fun and proving popular with young and old alike and our resident Southland Times TV reviewer Maree Scott even gave the show a plug in her column on Saturday.

However, I did wonder how it was possible to write about this awesome little half-hour of entertainment without mentioning Spongebob’s trusty companion Gary. Yes, I know it’s a little far-fetched — snails don’t meow, have teeth or wear shoes — but all that aside, Gary is Spongebob’s pet snail and in that dramatic episode where Spongebob had forgotten how to tie his shoelaces, it was Gary to the rescue.

spongebobSpongebob World is a site dedicated to serious fans all around the world and includes the programme’s theme song. Fans should also check out the official site for all the latest news and info along with some extra goodies.

The big news on the Spongebob front is the release of the Spongebob Squarepants movie. I’m not sure when it’s hitting screens here in New Zealand but you can bet your last crabby patty I’ll be going to see it.

Be sure to visit the website, where you’ll find four trailers along with some snippets from the soundtrack. It looks set to be an action-packed drama, with the evil Plankton unleashing plans to take over the world and Gary (gasp) getting enslaved.

It’s up to Spongebob and neighbour Patrick to save the planet.

There’s also a special guest star — an actor who has been out-acted by a car, is known for his red Speedos and hairy chest, gave the impression of being as dumb as a stick when he appeared on Whose Line is it Anyway a year or two ago and, apparently, helped end the Cold War. Yes folks, it’s David Hasselhoff.

I’d like to say his one redeeming feature is that his music career was short-lived but sadly, he’s still making CDs. His latest album is at No 11 in the Austrian charts.

It seems someone loves him, and it’s not just the Austrians. The official David Hasselhoff site of worship  (note: used to be knightfoundation.org but this site appears to have dropped off the net since the writing of this column) describes him as a living legend and goes on to say no other man has done so much for big chest hair and smooth chatup lines.

So there you have it, Mr and Mrs Squarepants’ little lad Spongebob is a star of the big screen. Incidentally, I’ve never worked out how the boy himself came to be so angular when his parents are almost spud-shaped.

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