Currently retired critic Mike Jackson of the DVD Verdict was positive on his review: "Spongebob Squarepants [sic] is perfect entertainment for kids and for the young at heart with a sense of humor. Paramount has done a great job bringing these episodes home on DVD. Now I only hope they release another disc with "The Idiot Box," [sic] the best piece of anti-television propaganda ever aired on television…because all you need is imagination!"
The backside of this DVD contains pictures from the following episodes:
The screenshots used on the back of this DVD are promo art images and not actual episode images. Here are those promo art images and what episodes they represent:
This is the only SpongeBob DVD to use the Paramount logo from 1990 in the opening.
This is the only SpongeBob DVD to be made by the Metropolis DVD company. As a result, the Metropolis DVD logo is used at the end of the credits on this DVD and is seen on the disc label. Despite this, the Paramount logo still appears in the opening.
This is the only SpongeBob DVD to have the Paramount warning screens from 1999-2002, plus, it was no longer used later in 2002 before the next DVD came out.
This is the only SpongeBob DVD to be produced in 2001.
There are no previews on this disc.
This is the first SpongeBob DVD to say "Nickelodeon DVD" on the cover.
In all Nickelodeon USA airings of the episode "Something Smells" and the iTunes version, SpongeBob walks up to a building and says, "Hi, building!" which causes the building to flee from SpongeBob's breath. He goes up to Patrick and says, "I just don't get it!" and Patrick says, "I don't either."
On this DVD release, the Nautical Nonsense and Undersea Antics Volume 1 VHS tapes, the Nick Scene It? DVD game, Canadian airings on YTV and Nickelodeon Canada, Polish airings, UK airings, and Australian airings, the scene instead goes like this:
SpongeBob: (walks up to a building and waves) I just don't get it! (the building flees)
Patrick: (off-screen) I don't, either. (SpongeBob walks up to Patrick; the rest of the scene goes as normal, resulting in the same lines being repeated). According to the audio commentary on the Season 2 DVD, this was a sound mixing error. The music also repeats itself incorrectly at that point. It is made obvious since SpongeBob's mouth still clearly says the intended line. However, the closed-captioning on this DVD still uses the original correct line.
In "Ripped Pants," SpongeBob wears underwear under his swimsuit, but on the cover of this DVD, he does not have underwear on.
"Graveyard Shift" is listed as "The Graveyard Shift" on the episode selection screen and the back of the DVD.
The episode selection screen for the first five episodes has a strange sand border on the far right of the screen.
This was fixed in the French version of the DVD.
The Paramount logo appears on the DVD, even though it was made by the Metropolis DVD company.
On the cover the DVD is stated to be 124 minutes, but it is actually 120 minutes, this mistake is probably due to the 124 minutes being multiplied from the Sponge Buddies and Nautical Nonsense VHS tapes which are both 62 minutes, unlike the VHS tapes, the DVDs don't have a theme song for both of the separate 5 episode segment themed VHS.
The Philippine version of this DVD has the title swapped into "Sponge Buddies and Nautical Nonsense".