THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN (2020) Reviews and final trailer

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‘A huge journey to find a tiny friend’

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is a 2020 American-Korean animated feature film about an epic quest to rescue Gary the snail.

Written and directed by Tim Hill from a story co-written with Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, based on the SpongeBob SquarePants TV series.


” …the things that make SpongeBob human (you know what I mean) are always on display. He’s loyal, caring, values his friends and is always optimistic. Those qualities are baked into The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on The Run and that, along with the absurd situations make it enjoyable for fans old and young. ” Brights Hub

“While it’s nice to see the series’ regulars reprised their respective voice roles, the movie lacks a memorable, let alone worthwhile villain voiced by Matt Berry as King Poseidon. The decision of wholly embracing The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run into a full-fledged CG animation gave me a mixed feeling, even though they do look vibrant and colourful.” Casey’s Movie Mania

“The whole movie feels oddly restrained because of the animation switch. It never gets as weird or hilarious some of the show’s funniest moments, or even from the last two movies. There’s no moment that gets as delightfully insane as the time-travel sequence from Sponge Out of Water or the Goofy Goober Rock scene from the original movie.” CGM Backlot 

“Funny, solid storyline, and it didn’t run the same as a lot of other films do – where the best friends split up and whatnot. The film stayed super positive and funny, despite still having some sad elements. I enjoyed watching this and found myself laughing way more than I expected to.” CRP Writes

“It could well be that there’s a generation of SpongeBob fans who stopped watching when they got older. Sponge on the Run being released on Netflix makes it more likely they’ll give it a chance, and if they do, they’ll remember exactly what they loved about the show and how things in Bikini Bottom remain as winningly chaotic as ever.” Digital Spy

“Late in the game, the movie shifts gears into a SpongeBob origin story, revealing how the main character met each of his friends and revelling in what he means to them. But like everything else, these bits feel like an afterthought. That kind of irreverence is admirable. But it can’t convince me to care.” The Georgia Straight

“The same wacky humour, the same bright colourful world, a great, if a little generic quest plotline, and a really important message about friendship, there really was a whole lot to love about SpongeBob, and I say that as someone who was never a really huge fan of cartoon.  There are some great, musical numbers throughout to keep things interesting if a little odd.” Trailer Trashed


The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run movie was originally scheduled to be theatrically released on February 9, 2019, by Paramount Pictures. It was then pushed back to August 2, 2019, before being delayed to July 31, 2020. It was then moved four more times. In June 2020, it was announced that the film’s theatrical release had been cancelled and it would instead be released through video on demand and CBS All Access in early 2021.

In July 2020, Netflix acquired international distribution rights to the film, excluding the United States, Canada, and China. On July 30, 2020, it was announced that the film would be released in Canada on August 14, 2020. Between the Netflix and CBS All Access deals, Paramount recouped the entire production cost of the film.

From March 4, 2021, the movie is released on Digital platforms and will stream on Paramount+

Cast and characters:

Tim Hill … Documentary Narrator
Clancy Brown … Mr Krabs (voice)
Bill Fagerbakke … Patrick Star (voice)
Rodger Bumpass … Squidward (voice)
Carolyn Lawrence Carolyn Lawrence … Sandy Cheeks (voice)
Mr Lawrence … Plankton (voice)
Awkwafina … Otto (voice)
Tom Kenny … SpongeBob SquarePants / Gary / French Narrator (voice)
Jill Talley … Karen (voice)
Reggie Watts … Chancellor
Matt Berry … Poseidon (voice)
Antonio Raul Corbo … Young SpongeBob
Keanu Reeves … Sage
Veronica Alicino … Zombie / Croupier (voice)
Robert Ambrose … Zombie
Michael Froton … Zombie
Tom Sheeter … Zombie
Snoop Dogg … The Gambler (voice)
Rick Pasqualone … Dealer (as Richard Pasqualone)
Danny Trejo … El Diablo
Tyler Peterson … Poseidon Concierge
Presley Williams … Young Sandy
Jack Gore … Young Patrick (voice)
Mary Jo Catlett … Mrs Puff (voice)
Jason Maybaum … Young Squidward (voice)
Tiffany Haddish … Master of Ceremonies (voice)
Dee Bradley Baker … Perch Perkins
Aaron Smith De Niro … Security Guard

Technical details:

91 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1
Audio: Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS: X) | Auro 11.1 | Dolby Atmos (Dolby Atmos+Vision) | Dolby Surround 7.1


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