“Sponge on the Run” Splashes Down on Home Video

It's crazy to me that SpongeBob SquarePants has been airing for more than 20 years, racking up more than 250 episodes and billions in merchandise sales. Even the first movie is more than 15 years old now. The latest entry – the first since creator Stephen Hillenburg died – didn't get nearly as many glowing reviews, nor the same level of success. Due to the pandemic, the film bypassed theaters in the U.S., available on PVOD and Paramount+. Now fans can bring it home, whether they have kids or remain a kid at heart.

The disc features an array of special features, including deleted storyboards, a new short, music videos and activity lessons.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on July 13. Fans can buy it separately or as part of the SpongeBob 3-Movie Collection.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.