Netflix: Spongebob film ‘As Gaeilge’

Parents challenged with home schooling will be delighted to hear that The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on The Run, is available to watch on Netflix ‘as Gaeilge’.

‘Spongebob an Scannán: Rith, Spúinse, Rith’ created by Macalla Teo, with the support of TG4 and Paramount Pictures, is the first Irish language version of a movie on Netflix.

SpongeBob SquarePants, his best friend, Patrick Star, and the rest of the gang from Bikini Bottom, star 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 film is voiced in English by Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Keanu Reeves (Sage) and Matt Berry (Poseidon) while well-known Irish actors, Marcus Lamb, Lochlainn O’Mearáin, Brian Thunder, Carmel Stephens, and TV presenter, Daithí Ó Sé, have taken on the roles in the Irish language version of the film.

Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies partnered with TG4 and Macalla, to create the Irish language version of the recently released The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on The Run.

Cúán Mac Conghail, Executive Producer from Macalla said:

“It’s a pleasure for Macalla to work on SpongeBob, a character we have been re-voicing for TG4 since 2006.  We were excited to work with TG4 and Paramount Pictures to create the Irish language version for the movie, ‘Spongebob an Scannán: Rith, Spúinse, Rith.   It’s fantastic that the Irish language version of the movie is now available on Netflix and accessible ‘as Gaeilge’ to young and old.

TV Presenter, Daithí Ó Sé, who voices King Poseidon in Irish, said:

“King Poseidon is an exuberant character who is somewhat full of himself. Thankfully, not like me at all, so I had to dig deep to act the part! He was a fun character to play. Because of Covid 19 restrictions, we recorded the character voice from home, and my young son was eavesdropping for some of the recording. He’s delighted his Dad has a starring role in the movie!”

For parents who may only have a ‘cupla focal’ and need a refresher, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on The Run can be watched ‘as Gaeilge’ with Irish voices and English subtitles,
to help with translation, or Irish voices and Irish language subtitles.  The settings can be changed easily in the Audio and Subtitles settings on Netflix.


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