Since the first episode of Sponge Bob SquarePants airing on May 1, 1999, the animated sitcom has become an entertainment empire. Boasting numerous merchandise lines, multiple theme park attractions, and no less than three feature films, the series isn’t planning on stopping anytime soon. With such a long and checkered history, however, come ups and downs.
After the spongebob movie Released in theaters in 2004, series creator Stephen Hillenburg moved on to other projects. Losing him was a blow, and the show’s critical reception began to wane as its popularity continued to rise. A live-action hybrid, sponge out of water followed suit eleven years later. Now a third film, titled Sponge on the runis gearing up for Netflix.
Good kind of. You see, in a bit of a confusing situation, CBS All Access has US rights, while Netflix has international rights (except China). And as you can see from just a sampling of what people are saying on Twitter below, few people are happy with the arrangement.
And here it’s going to be released on CBS All Access, which, let’s face it, is a streaming service that not many people have.
Of course, “Sponge on the Run” can be a huge push for CBS All Access, and that can lead to a huge push.
Will it be, however?
— Tristan Michels (@MichelsTristan) July 16, 2020
I never understood why the zone shouldn’t be left out
— Chase Casto (@ChaseCasto2) July 16, 2020
w for everyone except america
— UnderQuarintineRN (@senpainaenae96) July 16, 2020
— CheesyMan2022 (@CheesyMan2022) July 16, 2020
— Irie Sori (@972_404) July 16, 2020
Well, that’s what VPNs were made for.
– Seth – Say his name, Elijah McClain. (@r_murdick) July 16, 2020
Spongebob Movie Sponge on the Run coming soon to Netflix?! ? pic.twitter.com/sH1LgdP6A0
— Rachel Kelly ❤️ #Sora4Smash (@AjleeKelly) July 16, 2020
I was going to make an effort to see this in theaters, even though I didn’t get to see the first 2 movies before they came out on TV. Anyway, I don’t want to pay a ton of money just to watch it on my TV at home. I would pay a movie theater for the experience I don’t have at home.
— Meteoonthe8s (@Weatheronthe8s) July 17, 2020
— BoyOHBoy (??BDay in? days!?) (@BoyOh123) July 16, 2020
— Ike E. Nwosu the Master Sketcher. (@IkeNwosu1113) July 16, 2020
Covid-19 and ViacomCBS are morons. they ruined 2021. 🙁
— Teddy BMO Furstman #BlackLivesMatter #ACAB (@TFurstman) July 16, 2020
it’s time to hack
— dylan… (@KremlingRodney) July 16, 2020
Freely inspired by an episode of the current series, Sponge on the run follows SpongeBob and Patrick as they travel to the lost city of Atlantic City to retrieve the Elder’s stolen pet snail, Gary. Written and Directed by Longtime Sponge Bob SquarePants creative Tim Hill, the film will feature Keanu Reeves and Awkwafina alongside the series’ regular voice cast and will arrive next year.
Tell us, though, are you happy with the studio’s chosen exit strategy? And are you frustrated that it’s not coming to theaters? Let us know by dropping a comment in the usual place below.