Best SpongeBob SquarePants Characters in the Legend of Boo-Kini BottomNow that I've given my full review on The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom, I feel it would be nice to dedicate an entire list to it. So without further ado, I present to you a list of the best SpongeBob SquarePants characters in what is perhaps Screen Novelties's greatest stop-motion masterpiece since It's A SpongeBob Christmas! Feel free to vote and add to this list. Happy Halloween as I type this!
I think we can all agree that The Flying Dutchman stole the show in this special. While he has had quite a numerous amount of antagonistic roles in previous episodes, this easily has to be his most villainous role yet since the Revenge of The Flying Dutchman video game. He's had his encounters with SpongeBob and his friends before, but he was at best mostly just a recurring antagonist in episodes revolving around him. He even only encountered all of them at once as a last-minute villain in "Ghoul Fools". But here, he's featured as the Big Bad of The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom. Fully enjoying the screams and terrors of All Hallow's Eve, The Flying Dutchman is particularly very fond of the Halloween holiday. However, once he hears SpongeBob incorporating the doctrine of "scary equals funny", The Flying Dutchman takes the center stage and sends SpongeBob and his friends on the scare of their life. Ranging from putting SpongeBob and Patrick on a sing-a-long mine ride and even SNATCHING the ...more
I know I shouldn't probably be putting The Flying Dutchman's dastardly pirate crew this high since they're just here as singers for "The Scare Song", but I can't help but really love what they gave us in the special! I loved how Screen Novelties animated The Flying Dutchman's ghost pirates as sock-puppets that make them stand out from the usual claymation-styled characters in The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom. It truly adds to the appeal of The Scare Song as the sock-puppet style enhances their ghostly animations and it's fun to see them sing in sync with "The Scare Song" as they show SpongeBob and Patrick a good time! If not for them and their captain, this special wouldn't have been as incredible as it is. So I give a lot of props to Screen Novelties for this.
Looks like SpongeBob isn't going as a ghost whose bed sheet is covering his entirely exposed brain this Halloween! Rather, he's going as a lovely flower, OO-OOH! Anyways, this All Hallow's Eve, SpongeBob must brave the terrors of Halloween. And what better way than to do so with Patrick's instilled philosophy of "scary equals funny"? The philosophy does manage to keep SpongeBob from being afraid and for me in retrospect, it does feel quite charming and heartwarming as SpongeBob is actually enjoying the joys and scares of All Hallow's Eve through his laughs rather than being a Scaredy Pants. However, the peak of his role in this special would have to be when The Flying Dutchman traveled inside his brain. It's there that we get to see what appears to be a cute world of love and happiness that everyone's favorite sponge would supposedly have consciously in his brain. But to see even something like that frighten The Flying Dutchman himself just as much as it frightened Plankton in Sponge ...more
One thing I loved about Patrick in this special is how he continues to be closer to his Pre-Movie characterization. In here, while he certainly isn't the most books-smart invertebrate in the world, he does actually have a form of common sense and comes off as a lovable idiot rather than a Too Dumb to Live Jerkass like he usually is in the Post-Movie era. And for me, Patrick never failed to deliver at least one gag that made me laugh my pants off. A few moments I found to be quite humorous were when his head was inside one of Sandy's jars and SpongeBob kept playing around with it. Plus, his philosophy of "scary equals funny" did manage to get SpongeBob through most of the special, so you got to give Mr. Star a little credit for his help.
Personally, out of all the Halloween exhibits SpongeBob and Patrick went to, Plankton arguably had the best out of all them in terms of creativity, innovation, and involvement. Sheldon really doesn't hold back on the flashiness and flare of his exhibit as he puts on a devilishly daunting presentation of the horrors of the Krusty Krab. In addition, one can't help but think that Plankton might have watched the Robot Chicken skit where SpongeBob finds out Krabby Patties are made out of crabs since Plankton proclaims that Krabby Patties are made out of people. As for his role in the later half of the special, he's mostly just there to be the butt-monkey as he flatteringly fails to convince The Flying Dutchman to join him and take over the world and instead gets turned into his minion. But, if there's one useful thing he did in the later half, it would have to be him prompting The Flying Dutchman to fly into SpongeBob's brain to see how scary it is. Guess we got to give Plankton some ...more
Now presenting Sandy Cheeks as Dr. Victor Frankenstein, creator of Berserker of Black! Just kidding, not that Frankenstein. Anyways, so Sandy Frankencheeks has a mild role in helping cement SpongeBob instill his newfound philosophy of "scary equals funny". She does this by putting him and Patrick through a series of spooky lab experiments. The first one involves her having SpongeBob reach his hand into jars to have him wonder if he's touching something truly terrifying. SpongeBob thinks the first jar has worm guts, but Sandy just reveals that it's just plain noodles. The second jar is a little more complicated, as SpongeBob thinks it feels like a brain, but might be in reality a head of lettuce. Surprisingly, Sandy reveals this to not be the case, as instead of a head of lettuce, it's actually... Patrick? Well, guess that answers the question of why SpongeBob thought he felt a brain. But the climax of her role would be when she finally brings on Fran- no wait, not Fran, but a ...more
I got to say, Squidward's not bad at scaring the living barnacles out of trick-or-treaters. Prior to watching the special, I was wondering where the whole "made with 8-something pounds or whatchamacallit of onions" came from. My question was answered when Squidward used those exact onions to scare a trio of trick-or-treaters from his house while proclaiming he has no candy. He certainly pulled off the ominous tone of his voice combined with red lighting in his house very well! Also, I was really glad they didn't do any torture porn on him, which only makes the quality of this special more light-hearted and even better. It's not every day Squidward appears in an episode or special and doesn't get scapegoated or cruelly injured or beaten and manages to come out okay at the end.
Wow, it seems Eugene isn't a huge cheapskate for once! The crustacean himself managed to actually craft together (though, with the help of Squidward) a worthwhile Halloween exhibit displaying the horrors of the Chum Bucket. Granted, the exploration of the gallery that SpongeBob and Patrick went through was a bit too quick, but I at least got a feel for what the exhibit was all about and what tone and appeal it gave off. Also, it was a bit hilarious when his soul got stolen and then trick-or-treaters threw an egg at this eye much to his rage! That, and there's a bit of some of his greedy tendencies that come into play at the resolution with his offhand comment of how the Halloween party he's throwing will come with a reasonable fee. Now all we need is a kid-friendly episode version of Mr. Krabs's Unquenchable Bloodlust (actually, let's forget that I brought up that idea...).
Eh, I got to try and at least put something on this list. But Karen does at least have some decent screen time. Her using vintage footage of cats and women screaming made quite a lot of sense for a W.I.F.E. like her. And there's quite something to relate to with her cantankerous and callous personality as Plankton's wife. I wish I could write more about her role in this episode, but I can't really say much with what the special's got. Eh, on the bright side, at least if she's a computer, she can't have her soul stolen! Wait, do computers HAVE a soul?
Laugh out loud, I'm putting in a completely random and inanimate mechanical puppet on this list. But hey, if Plank can be put on the list of Best Ed, Edd n Eddy characters, who says I can't put this gigantic puppet on here? Anyways, reiterating what I said about the puppet in my comment regarding Sandy Cheeks, I thought it was pretty innovative that they used a robot puppet in Sandy's bid to instill the philosophy of "scary equals funny" onto SpongeBob. It's even all the more visually spectacular given that it's literally a wooden puppet complete with strings attached to it from above. It gets even funnier from there when SpongeBob uses the Acorn Monster to attempt to barge into The Flying Dutchman's ship and intimidate him before failing to successfully tackle him. Too bad it got broken into nuts and bolts. And now we have a candidate for the #1 spot of Top 10 Anime Deaths of 2017 next to Sumanai-san.
Um, dude? Gary only appears on screen for like a few seconds with the rest of SpongeBob's friends when The Flying Dutchman trapped their souls in cages.