When we heard that David Bowie was to compose music for the new SpongeBob Squarepants Musical our office erupted in a collective ‘WHAT?!’ The man formerly known as Aladdin Sane will join famous faces including rapper T.I., Cyndi Lauper and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler on the star-filled soundtrack, set to make its debut in Chicago next June.
While we struggled to get our heads round the idea of The Thin White Duke chalking up ditties for SpongeBob, Patrick and friends, our heads were put into yet another tailspin when we found out Bowie actually voiced a character called Lord Royal Highness in season 4. SAY WHAAAAT?!
We know. This is probably going to take a bit of getting used to, so we’ll leave it at that…ahh, except we won’t. Because it turns out that Bowie isn’t the only celeb who’s lent his voice to the SpongeBob show. Here are just some of the strangest SpongeBob cameos that have taken place over the years.
While Amy Poehler is currently riding high as a comedian/actor/writer, it seems she can also add ‘grandma impressionist’ to her CV after starring in season 4’s ‘Have You Seen This Snail?’
Kiss’ co-lead singer and bass guitarist isn’t necessarily someone you would associate with a Nickelodeon kids’ favourite. Nevertheless, it was in season 5’s ‘20,000 Patties Under the Sea’ that Simmons’ famous scream came in as good practice when the star voiced a sea monster.
Nice guy Johnny Depp took on the voice of hunky surfer Jack Kahuna Laguna in season 6’s ‘SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One’ – purely because he and his children were such big fans of the show.
In fairness, SpongeBob’s 2009 made-for-TV film ‘Truth or Square’ featured a handful of equally-baffling celeb cameos. Funnyman Robin Williams was just one – he was also joined by Rosario Dawson, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and P!nk. Weirdest cast list ever?
Johnny has reportedly said that his cameo on SpongeBob gave him loads of street cred in his Dickhouse office – yes, the place where folk get their kicks from filming people repeatedly doubling over in pain. Luckily, Knoxville didn’t have to look too far for inspiration for his SpongeBob part: he played the role of an extreme sports-loving Krill.
Who knew that Vicky B could act? Well, that point’s probably still debatable, but that didn’t put the ex-Spice Girl off putting in a turn as Queen Amphitrite in season 6.