The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is now available to stream, but it all depends on where you live. Here’s where you can watch it online.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run couldn’t get a theatrical release due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it found a home in the world of streaming in most countries – and here’s where you can watch the latest SpongeBob SquarePants movie. Created by marine science educator and animator Stephen Hillenburg, SpongeBob SquarePants made its debut on Nickelodeon in 1999 and has since become the most successful Nicktoon, as well as one of the longest-running American animated series.
SpongeBob SquarePants follows the daily adventures of the title character alongside his friends Patrick Star, Sandy Cheeks, Squidward Tentacles, and Mr. Krabs in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The popularity of SpongeBob and friends has been such that the series has expanded to other media, such as video games and comic books, but their most successful adventure to date has been in film. The first SpongeBob movie arrived in 2004 and it was simply titled The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, and was very well received by critics and audiences. A sequel arrived in 2015, titled The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, and was also a critical and financial hit, so it was only a matter of time for Nickelodeon to announce a new big-screen adventure for SpongeBob and friends.
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Production on a third SpongeBob SquarePants movie began in 2018, and the title, The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge, was revealed, but in 2019 it was changed to Sponge on the Run. The movie is different from its predecessors as it’s a live-action computer-animated adventure instead of traditional animation, and it also went through a different post-production process as its release date was delayed a couple of times, and when it seemed it was finally going to be released, the coronavirus pandemic put an end to those plans. Luckily, it found a home in the world of streaming – so, where can you watch The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run?
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run Is Available On Netflix Internationally
Netflix acquired international distribution rights to The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, releasing the movie on November 5, 2020, so those residing in the UK, México, Spain France, Italy, Brasil, and Australia can now enjoy the movie. The deal doesn’t include the US, Canada, and China, though Canada was able to give it a theatrical release in August 2020.
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run Won’t Release In The US Until 2021
Unfortunately for SpongeBob SquarePants fans in the US, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run won’t arrive until 2021. As mentioned above, the movie went through various delays even before the coronavirus pandemic. It was originally scheduled to be released on February 9, 2019, and was later pushed back to August before being delayed to July 31, 2020. After that, and now as a result of the pandemic, Sponge on the Run went through four more delays before its theatrical release was canceled, with the exception of its Canadian release in 300 theaters.
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run Will Release On VOD & CBS: All Access In The US
SpongeBob SquarePants fans will have to wait until 2021 to watch Sponge on the Run, but they won’t find it on Netflix. First, the movie will be released on VOD before moving to a stable home in CBS All Access (which will most likely be Paramount+ by then). The platform will also be home to the SpongeBob SquarePants prequel series Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years, originally planned to air on Nickelodeon, so it makes sense that Paramount kept the distribution rights in the US in order to be able to add it to its own streaming services and allow Netflix to share it with the rest of the world. Surely, the release of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run has been unusual, but the film industry has had to find ways to adapt amidst the pandemic.
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