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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020)

PG | | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 2021 (USA)
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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.


Tim Hill


Tim Hill (screenplay by), Tim Hill (story by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Hill ... Documentary Narrator (voice)
Clancy Brown ... Mr. Krabs (voice)
Bill Fagerbakke ... Patrick (voice)
Rodger Bumpass ... Squidward (voice)
Mr. Lawrence ... Plankton (voice)
Carolyn Lawrence ... Sandy (voice)
Awkwafina ... Otto (voice)
Tom Kenny ... SpongeBob / Gary / French Narrator (voice)
Jill Talley ... Karen (voice)
Reggie Watts ... Chancellor (voice)
Matt Berry ... Poseidon (voice)
Antonio Raul Corbo ... Young SpongeBob (voice)
Keanu Reeves ... Sage
Veronica Alicino ... Zombie / Croupier
Robert Ambrose Robert Ambrose ... Zombie


Set before the events of the television series, SpongeBob goes on a trip to Kamp Koral and meets some new friends. However, when his pet snail Gary gets kidnapped by Poseidon and taken to the Lost City of Atlantic City, he and his new best friend Patrick must go on a rescue mission to save him from the dastardly plan of Poseidon before it is too late. The movie will also reveal the first time our beloved characters (as kids) met at Camp...a magical moment that brings meaning to the power of true friendship. Written by Cynical Irish

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it wasn't his story that made him special. it's how it all started. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for rude humor, some thematic elements, and mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


King Poseidon is voiced by Matt Berry, who previously voiced Bubbles the Magical Talking Dolphin in the previous film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015). See more »


There's a flashback of SpongeBob telling Mr. Krabs he should open his own restaurant. 'Hooky' shows that the Krusty Krab has been around since at least 1959. A flashback in 'Truth or Square' shows SpongeBob visiting it as a baby, in around 1986 or 1987. See more »


SpongeBob SquarePants: Aww, don't worry, Gar-bear. I'll be back before you can say "Why did he cruelly abandon me like that?"
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Crazy Credits

This is the first film to open with the Paramount Animation logo. The closing Paramount logo is that of the original. See more »


Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Elsa's Enchanted Event (2019) See more »


Flight of the Bumblebee
Written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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User Reviews

A poor shadow of Spongebob of the past
6 November 2020 | by cbirtySee all my reviews

This just doesn't have the same humour and wit it used to. The characters are there but they seem to be 2d versions and don't heat the same beats they used too. My kids liked it but it just felt slightly off the whole way through for me. The flashbacks were weird too

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Release Date:

2021 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Sequel See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$865,824, 16 August 2020

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS: X)| Auro 11.1 | Dolby Atmos (Dolby Atmos+Vision)| Dolby Surround 7.1



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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