Thursday, November 05, 2020

Netflix to Bow 'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run' Internationally on Thursday, November 5, 2020

Netflix is reportedly planning to release The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run on its streaming service internationally on Thursday, November 5, 2020!

Update (10/11) - Netflix has confirmed plans to release The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run on Thursday, November 5, 2020!:

Update (8/25) - It has been confirmed that Netflix is currently planning to debut The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run on Thursday, November 5, 2020. This date may change nearer the future. An interesting tidbit is that Netflix currently lists the expiration date for the movie as 2030. Its unknown whether this is the actual case or just a placeholder date they've put into the system. Time will tell.

The news follows the streaming giant acquiring the international rights to the third theatrical movie inspired by Nickelodeon's beloved animated series SpongeBob SquarePants movie earlier this summer, after the film had to forego its theatrical release in most countries due to the on-going COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

In the U.S., the film will debut digitally via premium video on demand in early 2021 and then move exclusively to CBS All Access. The movie will be joined by SpongeBob prequel series Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years.

The only country where the movie has been released theatrically (so far) is in Canada, where it opened on in 300 theaters on Friday, August 14, pulling in $900,000 for its opening weekend. The film will move to Netflix Canada in the near future.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run sees best friends SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star venture out of Bikini Bottom and head to the Lost City of Atlantic City on a rescue mission to save SpongeBob’s trustee snail Gary. Its the third SpongeBob film, after 2004’s The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and 2015’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Those movies were commercially successful, earning over $450 million globally combined.

In Sponge on the Run, after SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary is snail-napped, he and Patrick embark on an epic adventure to The Lost City of Atlantic City to bring Gary home. As they navigate the delights and dangers on this perilous and hilarious rescue mission, SpongeBob and his pals prove there’s nothing stronger than the power of friendship.

Sponge on the Run will see the cast of SpongeBob SquarePants reprise their respective roles: Tom Kenny (SpongeBob and Gary), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy), Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs), Douglas Lawrence (Plankton), Jill Talley (Karen), Mary Jo Catlett (Mrs. Puff), and Lori Alan (Pearl). An actor named Antonio Raul Corbo will be voicing young SpongeBob.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run will feature a raft of guest stars, including: Keanu Reeves (as a tumbleweed named Sage), Awkwafina (as Otto), Matt Berry (as King Poseidon), Reggie Watts (as the  Chancellor), Danny Trejo (as El Diablo), Tiffany Haddish (as Master of Ceremonies) and Snoop Dog (as The Gambler; a Zombie Cowboy). Cyndi Lauper (The SpongeBob Musical) has written original songs for the film.

Based on the TV series created by Stephen Hillenburg, The SpongeBob Movie is written and directed by Tim Hill, and produced by Ryan Harris, with Stephen Hillenburg exec producing. Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies present, in association with MRC A United Plankton Pictures production.

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Latin America: Bob Esponja: Al Rescate

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Originally published: Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 21:57 BST.

H/T: Anime Superhero Forum /@SweepShop209 for the news!; H/T: Special thanks to Kasey Moore at What's on Netflix!; Additional sources: La Verdad, Decider.
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