It’s been an interesting week for Paramount Animation. Not only was there some news of several upcoming animated films from Paramount getting shuffled around, but we got two trailers for upcoming animated films.
On Tuesday the world was officially introduced to the redesigned Sonic the Hedgehog in the brand new trailer for the upcoming film. Spoiler alert: it looks amazing. Then the very next day Paramount releases a poster for the third SpongeBob SquarePants movie, unveils a new name for the film, and announces that the trailer will premiere on Thursday.
Insert excited Jonah Hill animated gif here!
The third Spongebob film will officially be called The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run and will arrive in theatres on May 20th, 2020.
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.
The third film looks like it retains some of the 3D style that was introduced in the back half of the last film, Sponge out of Water. The film has a look and feel of stop motion animation, somewhat akin to the way that the Aardman animated films transitioned from claymation to computer animation. The style actually looks pretty good.
In the other Paramount Animation news, according to Deadline upcoming animated feature Rumble, a co-production with WWE Studios and featuring voices of WWE Superstars, has been pushed back from July 2020 until January 29th, 2021. The studio has also pulled the planned Rugrats live-action pic with CGI characters from the release calendar, though didn’t cite the reason for the move. Another Untitled Paramount Animation picture that had been set for February 12th, 2021 has now switched to undated. The move is likely due to the move of Rumble to the month before this date. It’s unknown if this will move up the untitled film or push it back further.