Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years
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Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years is an American CG-animated television series that premiered on Paramount+ on March 4, 2021. The series is a spinoff of SpongeBob SquarePants, featuring the main cast as aged-down children attending a summer camp.
A 10-year-old SpongeBob goes to a summer sleepaway camp called Kamp Koral, with younger versions of his friends.
Why It Rocks
- Great voice acting, just like the main series it's based on.
- The theme song is catchy.
- Despite some lighting issues, the animation is solid and captures the expressiveness of the main show's recent seasons.
- The characters are still lovable as always.
- In fact, the show introduces two new characters (Nobby and Narlene), who are great additions to the cast.
- SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy have extra charm to them. For example, SpongeBob still has his love for jellyfish when he tries to catch them for good grades, Patrick has funny behavior such as when he takes one of SpongeBob's jellyfish to make toast with jelly, and Sandy is a little dumb and clumsy to make her funnier.
- The show even introduces a baby version of Pearl Krabs which is cute.
- The designs of the characters look cute.
- Hilarious, well-done gags.
- Kevin C. Cucumber has a recurring role, and his first major role since the SpongeBob second season episode "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic".
- The time cards are carried over from the main series, and are as hilarious as ever.
- As with the main series, the APM tracks are used here, and the show still has a fitting Hawaiian-esque soundtrack.
- Some minor retcons such as Sandy meeting SpongeBob as kids when they actually meet each other as adults in "Tea at the Treedome", which was explained in the episode "Kitchen Sponge" as Sandy's adult self sending her younger self to Kamp Koral to prevent Plankton from stealing the Krabby Patty formula.
- Another inconsistency is that in the regular series Squidward is older than SpongeBob and Patrick and is a similar age to Mr. Krabs. This can be proven in “The Curse of Bikini Bottom” when SpongeBob and Patrick refer to him as “Old Man Squidward” and Squidward having worked at the Krusty Krab long before SpongeBob.
- Sometimes, it may be too similar to Camp Lazlo.
- Despite the character designs being cute, they don't really match up to their Sponge on the Run designs. Also, the lighting is quite off due to bad light rendering.
- Speaking of bad light rendering, the animation (while solid) can be a little off, dim, and uncanny, and can give people a negative impression on the look of the animation.
When it was announced, a lot of people did not take this well and expected Kamp Koral to be bad due to rumors saying Hillenburg supposedly not wanting any spin-offs to be made or connected with SpongeBob, to the point where the show received many negative reviews on IMDb before it was ever released. The complaints mostly subsided once it was revealed that Hillenburg knew about the series, and what he actually said in one of his reviews is that "he didn't see any potential spin-offs for SpongeBob", not that he has a dislike against spin-offs in general, which proves this whole "Hillenburg was against spin-offs" rumor was all a big misunderstanding from the start. Since then, the show received mixed to positive reviews from Critics and fans of the original series.