In this episode of In Search of the Crystal Skull, Arun and Patricia conclude Keanu Reeves Month with the 2020 Nickelodeon animated film, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, the third movie based on the 1999 animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. In order to get SpongeBob away from The Krusty Krab to steal the secret formula easier, Plankton kidnaps SpongeBob's snail Gary to give to King Poseidon. SpongeBob and Patrick embark on a journey to find Gary at Atlantic City where King Poseidon resides to rescue him before it's too late. Keanu Reeves plays as a tumbleweed named Sage who gives them advice on how to overcome their obstacles to rescue Gary.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the movie aired around August 2020 in theaters in Canada and then on March 2021 in the United States on Paramount+. Critics were mixed with the film saying that the story and humor was weak compared to the two previous films, but the new 3D animation and charm made up for it. Others felt it was an insult since it was produced after Stephen Hillenberg's, the creator of SpongeBob Squarepants, death and a promotional piece for the spinoff series Camp Coral that aired a few months later. What did Patricia and Arun think of the film? Listen and find out.


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