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They're not in Bikini Bottom anymore...
Patrick: This is gonna be like... a buddy movie!
SpongeBob: Oh, I love your sense of irony, Patrick.
[Cue Patrick ironing a sweater]
Patrick: Thank you, haha. I love my sense of ironing, too.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is an upcoming CGI-animated movie scheduled for 2020, and the third movie based on the series SpongeBob SquarePants. It is the first movie in the SpongeBob series to be entirely CGI-animated, unlike the series itself and the prior two movies which utilized primarily traditional hand-drawn animation. Following this movie, Nickelodeon will launch a CGI spin-off named Kamp Koral where SpongeBob is still the main character but with a younger voice.

The synopsis states that SpongeBob's pet snail Gary was "snailnapped" by Poseidon, so he has to journey to Atlantic City with his best friend Patrick in tow to get him back. The movie is also going to tell the story of how SpongeBob and Gary first met.

Previews: Trailer, Super Bowl TV spot.


The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run contains examples of:

  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: When SpongeBob and Patrick arrive at Atlantic City in the trailer, Patrick worries about losing focus on the mission at hand, to which SpongeBob highly doubts they will. Moments later, both their eyes glaze over at the sight of all the glittering lights and food vendors selling ice cream, cotton candy, and churros.
  • Buddy Picture: Patrick helps SpongeBob track down Gary because "Friends don't let friends go on dangerous quests alone!" Patrick also lampshades this trope at the end of the trailer (see the quote at the top of the page).
  • The Bus Came Back: Literally. The Patty Wagon from the first movie returns, but SpongeBob and Patrick are using a generic boatmobile instead. Rather, Sandy is driving it (taking Krabs and Squidward with her). The Patty Wagon has also been redesigned to resemble more of a submarine sandwich than a hamburger.


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