Does Kamp Koral live up to its porous predecessor?

On May 1, 1999 the very first episode of SpongeBob Squarepants, “Help Wanted”, aired on television. Since then, over 200 episodes of SpongeBob Squarepants made and aired. The show has been a great success, as the SpongeBob franchise is worth more than $8 billion, and the show has been ingrained in pop culture for years.

 

Fast forward to June 4, 2019, an animated SpongeBob spin-off titled Kamp Koral was announced, and it finally came to Amazon video in 2021. The show, which currently only has six episodes, is both familiar and a departure from the original show. All six episodes are set in the titular Kamp Koral, a summer camp where the young versions of SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy get into mischief. Other familiar characters like Pearl, Mr. Krabs, Squidward, and Plankton also show up throughout the episodes.

 

Honestly, Kamp Koral falls short of what you’d expect from a SpongeBob-related show, at least for me, someone who grew up watching the original. The animation style didn’t really appeal to me, I felt that the charm of the original animation didn’t transfer over. The entertainment value wasn’t there for me either.

 

The original SpongeBob wasn’t my favorite show by any means, but it had great moments and solid jokes throughout. Kamp Koral did have some moments, but they weren’t on the same level. The best episode of the season was “Quest for Tire/Cabin of Curiosities”. In this episode, “Quest for Tire” segment, the animation hits its peak. Combined with some classic live-action bits and an entertaining storyline, it stands out among other episodes.

 

The purpose of the show, other than it being an obvious “cash cow”, isn’t apparent. I was under the impression that it was a canon prequel when I first started watching. The Krabby Patty is introduced, and Sandy even communicates with her future self. Then again, the creators have come out and said that it isn’t canon, so it’s a bit ambiguous.

 

Overall, if you’re a diehard SpongeBob fan, this may be worth a watch. Otherwise, I would recommend just sticking to the original show and saving yourself the time.