More TV Memories – SpongeBob SquarePants Fact Or Fishy.

SpongeBob SquarePants Fact Or Fishy (2004)

Did you know that you can now play your favourite game on your DVD player? Well, it’s true. A while ago, an interactive DVD game of SpongeBob SquarePants was released, which is one of my favourite cartoons. This was Fact Or Fishy, which claimed to be “trivia with attitude!”. A game that’s all about SpongeBob trivia? Well of course I was interested.

This is a game that features over 450 questions. Make sure that you’ve got enough players, and their cards are ready. Get ready for FUN. A statement about this show (as voiced by the sponge himself) that is picked at random appears on the screen. The idea is to guess whether it “fact or fishy” (or indeed true or false). We then see a clip from a episode that reveals the answer.

Whoever gets the right answer wins some Krabby Patty tokens, not some actual Krabby Pattys of course, although that would be rather nice. The more statements that are asked, the more this gives you an insight into SpongeBob’s rather weird and wonderful world. There are a few twists in the game though, with some additional rounds.

There is Feeding Frenzy, where three non-SpongeBob related questions are asked against the clock. There are plenty more Krabby Patty tokens on offer for correct answers here. The Slam Song features the theme song being played. You don’t have to sing along as such, but you do have to guess when the music will stop by waving some more cards around.

But it’s worth it, because more tokens can be won this way. Also between questions, there are chances to win or lose more tokens. If you see Plankton, then it’s bad news. But if the Sea Captain appears, then it’s your lucky day. There are two ways that the game can end. Firstly, if all of the tokens have been taken, and whoever has the most wins.

Also, if there is only one player remaining with any tokens, then they win. This means that the game on the DVD doesn’t seem to have an ending sequence as such, presumably people just continued to play with as many statements as they needed until they reached one of the possible conclusions. So they had to turn him off before he could even say goodbye.

More TV Memories – SpongeBob SquarePants.

SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon, 1999-present)

Back in the On/ITV Digital days in the early-2000s, one of the channels that we could get was Nickelodeon. One of the cartoons that they showed was SpongeBob SquarePants. I must admit that I didn’t watch it that much so I didn’t realise at the time that a cartoon that would go on to be one of my favourites from that era was passing me by, and the way that I finally did get into the show was a little unusual.

I know that SpongeBob was also shown on CITV and various other channels but I never saw it there either. The way that I first really discovered SpongeBob was when it was shown rather late at night on Freeview music channel TMF in about 2004. I thought that it was a little odd that it would turn up on there, but because I vaguely remembered the name from the Nickelodeon days and there did seem to be something of a buzz around the show, I thought that I might as well have a watch, and after watching only one or two episodes I became hooked. vlcsnap-01095

It was a little odd to discover a great cartoon at an age when I’d stopped watching children’s TV, but SpongeBob contained just about everything that I like in a TV show, especially a cartoon, it was just so odd and silly, I wish that I had got into it earlier, and it definitely passed my “would I have liked this show if it had been around when I was eight years old” test, and soon I wanted to catch up on all the episodes that I could. vlcsnap-01092

The character of SpongeBob is rather odd, and, as the opening theme goes, he really does live in a pineapple under the sea. When I first saw the show one thing that struck me was that SpongeBob had a rather silly voice (including a bizarre laugh) and he was able to make a variety of rather unusual facial expressions. That was merely the start of it though, as I discovered all of the other characters and the roles that they play in the show. vlcsnap-01093

First of all, SpongeBob has a pet snail called Gary who can only say “meow”, and again, in this show this is seen as very straightforward. SpongeBob works at the hamburger restaurant the Krusty Krab, and his boss is Mr Krabs. His best friend is Patrick Star, and his neighbour is Squidward Tentacles, who is rather irritable and likes to play the clarinet. There were lots of other amusingly odd characters who turned up including Sandy Cheeks the squirrel, Plankton, and the superhero duo Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy. vlcsnap-01100

I remember watching one episode on TMF at some late time which concluded with SpongeBob saying “meow” just like Gary does which even I thought was really odd and was the moment when I realised that there was something a little unusual but rather funny about this show, and it is now been a success for a long time, with a big fanbase and new episodes still being shown on Nickelodeon 18 years later. vlcsnap-01096

Since I became a fan of the show I have tried to collect some SpongeBob merchandise, and this includes little figurines, the comic, some books, computer games and plenty of other things. The show is also popular enough for there to have been two successful films, and there have also been several episodes released on DVD. I do enjoy the show, and I still find it terrifically silly after all these years.