Paramount Canada made a surprise announcement this morning that The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run will open in theaters across Canada on August 14.
The release date is a significant departure from the plans for its release in the U.S., where ViacomCBS has announced that the film won’t be released until early 2021, and even then, only on premium video on demand. After its PVOD window, the film will be available on ViacomCBS’s CBS All Access streaming service.
Netflix has picked up international rights to the Paramount Animation-produced film, and will release in all territories it operates excluding the United States. The streamer had previously indicated that it would also make the feature available in Canada after its theatrical run by Paramount Canada.