The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Trailers, Release Date, and News

The Spongebob Movie 3: Sponge On The Run arrives in May, set to showcase a snail-napping and... Keanu Reeves.

SpongeBob Movie 3

Get ready for some real stakes in SpongeBob’s third big screen adventure. Gary’s gone missing in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run and everyone’s favorite aquatic creatures from Bikini Bottom band together to find “Gare-Bear.” 

The SpongeBob Movie 3, as the film is otherwise classified, is directed by Tim Hill, who co-wrote the first SpongeBob SquarePants feature film with the late series creator Stephen Hillenburg. The voice cast for SpongeBob 3 returns all the usual suspects: Tom Kenny, Awkwafina, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence, Douglas Lawrence, Reggie Watts.

The SpongeBob Movie 3 Trailer

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run has released its Super Bowl trailer, which makes no secret about its exorbitant advertising expenditure.

In the threequel’s first trailer, which you can watch below, SpongeBob and Patrick make a few detours in the search for their snail friend and get some sage advice from Keanu Reeves in a short scene we have little context for but are intrigued about nonetheless. 

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The SpongeBob Movie 3 Release Date

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run makes its arrival on Friday, May 22, kicking off a Memorial Day weekend.

The SpongeBob Movie 3 Details

As the official logline for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run reads:

SpongeBob SquarePants, his best friend Patrick Star and the rest of the gang from Bikini Bottom hit the big screen in the first-ever all CGI SpongeBob motion picture event. After SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary is snail-napped, he and Patrick embark on an epic adventure to The Lost City of Atlantic City to bring Gary home. As they navigate the delights and dangers on this perilous and hilarious rescue mission, SpongeBob and his pals prove there’s nothing stronger than the power of friendship.

read more: Tom Kenny on SpongeBob’s Enduring Popularity

Each previous big screen outing for SpongeBob has been a massive success for both Nickelodeon and Paramount Studios. The SpongeBob Movie (2004) grossed $140 mill against a $30 mill budget. The sequel didn’t hit theaters until 2015, but the wait was worth it; Sponge Out of Water grossed a whopping $325 mill. Hence why the wait time for the third film was much, much shorter. Nickelodeon celebrated the 20th anniversary of its flagship franchise with a year-long birthday for SpongeBob. Having Keanu Reeves stop by for a quick cameo in your movie isn’t a bad way to cap the celebration off.

Chris Longo is the deputy editor and print edition editor of Den of Geek. Read more of his work here. You can send him your favorite SpongeBob meme on Twitter @east_coastbias.