Learning the 'cupla focal' just became a lot more fun as The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on The Run is now available to watch on Netflix 'as Gaeilge'.

Parents challenged with home schooling will be delighted to hear that Spongebob an Scannán: Rith, Spúinse, Rith - created by Macalla Teo, with the support of TG4 and Paramount Pictures - has become the first Irish language version of a movie on the streaming service.

The scene is set when 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.

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.

Dáithí Ó Sé voices King Poseidon

Well-known Irish actors Marcus Lamb, Lochlainn Ó Mearáin, Brian Thunder, Carmel Stephen and RTÉ TV presenter Dáithí Ó Sé are among the voices who have taken on the roles in the Irish language version.

Dáithí, who voices King Poseidon, 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 ‘cúpla 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.