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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020)

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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?


Confirmed to be dedicated to the memory of series creator Stephen Hillenburg, who died on November 27, 2018 of ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease. See more »


While imprisoned, Patrick plays a musical keyboard which has a random additional white key between E and F which wouldn't be there on a real-life piano keyboard. See more »


[the gang peers out from a hiding place]
Mr. Krabs: Do you think we should have stayed in there with Squidward?
Patrick Star: Nah, he's got it.
[Squidward stumbles around inside the suit of armor]
Squidward: Where is everybody?
Soldier: Charge!
[the soldiers attack, knocking the armor into a fire pit. The metal heats up and Squidward screams in pain. The armor jumps up, clutching its behind, slips on Patrick's food and falls out a window]
Patrick StarSandy Cheeks: Squidward!
[the gang rush down a spiral staircase]
Sandy Cheeks: We've got you! Hold on!
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Crazy Credits

Prior to the closing credits, after we see Bikini Bottom one last time in a closing shot, a memorial card of Stephen Hillenburg is displayed with his original design of SpongeBob SquarePants and is accompanied by the last fourth of the show's theme song, which then surges into the original song "Agua". See more »

Alternate Versions

The Netflix version makes the logos shorter and adds in "NETFLIX PRESENTS" to the opening credits. See more »


Hey Pachuco!
Written by James Achor, Mando Dorame (as David Mando Dorame) & Eddie Nichols (as Edwin Nichols)
Performed by Royal Crown Revue
Courtesy of RCR Records
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User Reviews

It is complicated
11 November 2020 | by augmattosaguiarSee all my reviews

The character development is ok, and the history of the film isn't that bad, but still, this film shouldn't even exist, the creator of the series said that he doesn't wanted a spinoff of any kind, and this is honestly offensive to the memory of the creator.

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Release Date:

4 March 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:


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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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