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‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ to release on-demand

by Brittani Tuttle

ViacomCBS has announced that the latest feature film in the “SpongeBob SquarePants” franchise, “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run,” will make its debut digitally on-demand in early 2021 and then move to CBS All Access.

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“We are thrilled to have ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run,’ a premier, first-run movie from one of ViacomCBS’ biggest brands, join CBS All Access’ expanding slate of franchise content from across ViacomCBS,” said Marc DeBevoise, chief digital officer for ViacomCBS and president & CEO of ViacomCBS Digital. “This launch will be perfectly timed with our continued expansion and planned rebranding of the service in early 2021, as we welcome SpongeBob and the gang from Bikini Bottom to the service in the biggest way possible.”

In addition to the new film, all previous seasons of “SpongeBob SquarePants” will also be available on the expanded streaming service soon.

“I’m incredibly proud of this film, and the phenomenal cast and filmmaking team that made it happen,” said Mireille Soria, president of Paramount Animation. “Bringing this movie to life was a true collaboration and labor of love, and I’m thrilled for audiences to enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it.”

“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run” follows SpongeBob SquarePants, his best friend Patrick Star, and the rest of their Bikini Bottom friends in the first-ever all CGI SpongeBob motion picture. After SpongeBob’s pet snail Gary is snail-napped, he and Patrick set out on an adventure to The Lost City of Atlantic City to bring Gary home. As they travel through trials and tribulations along the way, SpongeBob and his friends prove that there’s nothing stronger than friendship.

Directed by Tim Hill, the voice cast includes Tom Kenny, Awkwafina, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence, Douglas Lawrence, and Reggie Watts. The film was originally scheduled for theatrical release on May 22, 2020.

“We’re happy to give kids and families a much-deserved lift in any way we can, and the PVOD release of the new SpongeBob theatrical and putting all seasons of the TV series on CBS All Access are two of the best ways I can think of to get immersed in the optimism and joy that this terrific character represents,” said Ramsey Naito, executive vice president of Nickelodeon Animation Production and Development.

Check out the trailer for the film below:

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