Once upon a time, we were flipping through TV channels when suddenly… SpongeBob SquarePants and, uh, David Bowie? His voice is a great bit higher as Lord Royal Highness, almighty king of “Atlantis SquarePantis,” but you can’t fool us, Bowie — we’ve always known how much you love to play royalty. Inspired by the amusing discovery, we went on to unearth 16 strange cartoon characters voiced by 9 unexpected rock stars. Check ’em out after the jump, and hit the comments to let us know the others that you’ve found over the years. Oh, and we didn’t include musicians who have voiced cartoon versions of themselves, or else this thing would be 95% The Simpsons. Sorry, Keith and Mick.
David Bowie / Lord Royal Highness in SpongeBob SquarePants / Maltazard in Arthur and the Invisibles
In 2006, David Bowie took a role on good ol’ SpongeBob to please his six-year-old daughter, an avid fan of the show. He wrote in his blog, “We, the family, are thrilled. Nothing else need happen this year, well, this week anyway.” Coolest dad ever? That same year, Bowie provided the voice of the evil Emperor Maltazard, a greedy former war hero whose minions ride mosquitoes, in Arthur and the Invisibles. So, would you rather be held hostage by Lord Royal Highness, the wacky bubble king, Maltazard, the mosquito warlord, or Jareth, the goblin king? All three of those roles involve some sort of domination/captivity/jail situation, by the way. Bowie, you dog.