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New Spongebob Movie Heads Straight to Netflix

Spongebob and patrick
Credit: Paramount Animation

The movie industry is still recovering from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. While things seem to be relatively getting back to normal, the cinematic world is still trying to adapt to the recent changes happening in the world. Many movies intended to hit theatres around the world, but COVID-19 changed everything. Because of this, tons of films headed straight to digital platforms for users to stream for a fee. The newest Spongebob movie has instead chosen to take the film to Netflix!

Huge news for the streaming service, with millions of children excited to see The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run. Families will now be able to enjoy the latest animation from the comfort of their own home. This is because Netflix had to save the day as Spongebob could no longer be shown in cinemas…

There is one slight problem to this though. Although Netflix has purchased the movie, the platform is only showing the film to certain audiences. The US and China have been excluded from the international release. This is because another service will instead host the movie. Paramount recently announced that The Spongebob Movie will be skipping cinemas completely, choosing to head to digital platforms instead. While Netflix has the rights to the movie in most countries, CBS AllAccess will release the film in 2021 in the US.

The film company stated that “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. 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”.

Spongebob and patrick
Credit: Paramount Animation

It’s a crazy time for the entertainment industry, and it seems things aren’t dying down for the time being. Even though the newest installment wasn’t intended to be released until next year, the decision was still to bring it to Netflix. Keep your eyes peeled!

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