The latest SpongeBob movie may have been deprived of a theatrical release by the coronavirus pandemic, but luckily Netflix has swooped in to save the day.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is now heading to the streaming service, allowing UK and international fans of the Bikini Bottom inhabitant to watch his latest adventure from the comfort of their own homes.
There is a slight caveat to this, however. This international Netflix release excludes the US and China (the streaming service is currently unavailable in the latter).
Back in June, Paramount announced that the third SpongeBob movie in the franchise would be skipping cinemas entirely, instead being released on premium digital rental services in early 2021, before arriving on the streaming service CBS AllAccess in the US.
“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 at ViacomCBS, and president and 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.”
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is yet to have its UK and internationally release date on Netflix confirmed, while US audiences will be able to watch it on premium digital rental services in early 2021, and then CBS AllAccess.