Since the first episode of SpongeBob SquarePants aired on May 1st, 1999, the animated sitcom has developed into an entertainment empire. Boasting numerous lines of merchandise, several theme park attractions and as many as three feature films, the series does not plan on stopping anytime soon. With such a long and turbulent history, however, come highs and lows.
After The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie hit theaters in 2004, series creator Stephen Hillenburg moved on to other projects. Losing him was a big blow and the show’s critical reception began to dwindle whilst its popularity continued to rise. A live-action animation hybrid, Sponge Out Of Water followed suit eleven years later. Now, a third film, titled Sponge On The Run, is getting ready for Netflix.
Well, kind of. You see, in a bit of a confusing situation, CBS All Access has the US rights, while Netflix has the international rights (except China). And as you can see down below by just a sample of what folks are saying on Twitter, not too many people are happy about the arrangement.
And over here, it's going to get released on CBS All Access, which, let's face it, is a streaming service that not many people have.
Sure, "Sponge on the Run" can be a huge incentive for CBS All Access, and it can lead to a huge push.
Will it be, though?
— Tristan Michels (@MichelsTristan) July 16, 2020
I never understood why shouldn’t area get left out on things
— 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
Welp, this is what VPNs were made for.
— Seth – Say His Name, Elijah McClain. (@r_murdick) July 16, 2020
Spongebob Movie Sponge on the Run coming soon on Netflix?! ? pic.twitter.com/sH1LgdP6A0
— Rachel Kelly ❤️ #Sora4Smash (@AjleeKelly) July 16, 2020
I was gonna make an effort to see this in theaters, despite not getting to see the first 2 movies until their TV releases. Either way, 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 get at home.
— Weatheronthe8s (@Weatheronthe8s) July 17, 2020
— BoyOHBoy (??BDay in ? days!?) (@BoyOh123) July 16, 2020
Goddam you, ViacomCBS.
— Ike E. Nwosu the Sketch Master. (@IkeNwosu1113) July 16, 2020
Covid-19 and ViacomCBS are jerks. they ruined 2021. 🙁
— Teddy BMO Furstman #BlackLivesMatter #ACAB (@TFurstman) July 16, 2020
tee hee time to pirate
— dylan… (@KremlingRodney) July 16, 2020
Loosely based on an episode in the actual series, Sponge On The Run follows SpongeBob and Patrick as they travel to The Lost City of Atlantic City in order to reclaim the former’s stolen pet snail Gary. Written and directed by longtime SpongeBob SquarePants creative Tim Hill, the film will star Keanu Reeves and Awkwafina alongside the series’ regular voice cast and will arrive next year.
Tell us, though, are you happy with the release strategy the studio has chosen? And are you frustrated that it won’t be coming to theaters? Let us know by dropping a comment in the usual place down below.