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


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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


When SpongeBob SquarePants's pet snail Gary gets kidnapped by Poseidon and taken to the Lost City of Atlantic City, he and his best friend Patrick Star must go on a rescue mission to save him from the dastardly plan of Poseidon before it is too late. Written by Cynical Irish

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


This movie was mainly inspired by SpongeBob SquarePants: Have You Seen This Snail? (2005). 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 »


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

While there are no opening credits, aside from the first few opening titles in white on the black background, the opening main title design dives down underwater with bubbles rising up. See more »

Alternate Versions

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


Dream Weaver
Written & Performed by Gary Wright
Courtesy of High Wave Music
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Clichéd and very forgettable.
7 November 2020 | by noahgibbobakerSee all my reviews

It's fair to say that I'm a fan of spongebob, at least I used to be. It's been a while since I watched it but there are some really memorable episodes that I consider to be great. It's really nostalgic for me and it has moments of genius as well. The Spongebob movie: Sponge on the run is not a moment of SpongeBob genius.

There are some good moments but I'm going to forget it in a day or less.

I thought the cinematography was good, it was a huge improvement from the television show from a technical standpoint. The animation was improved on heaps but I'm not really sure what they were going for. It's almost like the filmmakers wanted a more realistic look but they didn't fully commit. SpongeBob is at it's best when utilising animation to its fullest potential, so, again, I have no idea what they were thinking.

There is quite a lot of social and political commentary in this movie, sadly it's all very heavy handed and annoying. A few times a character would straight up say how clichéd and uninteresting the movie is, exactly like deadpool did. Just because you know that your movie is clichéd and unoriginal doesn't make it less clichéd and boring. I didn't like it much in deadpool and I like it even less here. There are many more themes that are tackled, but they are all very on the nose as well.

Despite being far worse than the show, there are still some great gags throughout, some of them really subtle which I respect a lot. I won't spoil the film, but my favourite gag comes early on during a scene where Plankton tries to negotiate with Mr. Krabs for the secret formula. I don't want to say what it is because it is really subtle but I found it hilarious.

Music is kind of a big part about Sponge on the run. Some of the songs were good, like the song during the zombie dance scene. But I found two of them to be intolerable. The first song that plays and the end credits song.

Finally one of my biggest issues is SpongeBob's character. This point actually applies for most characters, but SpongeBob is the biggest victim of this. He is a victim of lazy writing, he doesn't act like he does in any other SpongeBob property. If you are a huge fan of SpongeBob you won't understand half of the choices he makes in this film. Like I said I'm not even a huge fan and it still annoyed me a lot. I think his character is so bad that even if Spongebob didn't exist prior to this film, his action's still wouldn't make any sense to me and I'd think he's a really bad protagonist.

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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

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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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