NO­BODY’S TOO A-LIST FOR SPONGEBOB

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DAVID BOWIE

The late pop icon por­trayed the Lord Royal High­ness of At­lantis, a dol­phin-like char­ac­ter whose brain ex­ists in a glass dome atop his head, in an episode that first aired in 2007. “Art is what hap­pens when you learn to dream!” Aladdin Sane him­self tells Spongebob and Squid­ward. Sadly there was no tie-in track called ‘Sponge Odd­ity’.

JOHNNY DEPP

At the peak of his nau­ti­cal pow­ers (he’d just shot two back-to-back Pi­rates Of The Caribbean se­quels), Depp cameoed as Jack Kahuna La­guna, a golden-skinned, bon­go­play­ing surf guru who teaches Spongebob the way of the waves — in a 2009 episode that also fea­tured Davy Jones.

JON HAMM

There was al­ways some­thing a lit­tle fishy about the ad­ver­tis­ing world sleaze Hamm played in AMC drama Mad Men. In Sea­son 9, he took that fishi­ness to lit­eral new ex­tremes with par­ody char­ac­ter Don Grouper, a dor­sal-finned smooth-talker who tries to con Mr Krabs dur­ing the launch of a new line of frozen crab pat­ties.

J.K. SIM­MONS

Spongebob par­o­died Whiplash in 2017, with help from Sim­mons, play­ing an irate, green-gilled band leader (sound fa­mil­iar?). The episode plays out ex­actly like Damien Chazelle’s 2014 movie, if Chazelle’s film were a ter­ri­fy­ing body hor­ror in which Miles Teller’s body is in­hab­ited by two sea crea­tures wreak­ing havoc on his in­ter­nal or­gans.

SCAR­LETT JO­HANS­SON

The first Spongebob movie snagged Jo­hans­son for the role of Princess Mindy, the daugh­ter of King Nep­tune and fu­ture queen of the sea. No wonder Pa­trick de­vel­oped a crush on her, wooed in the film by her “mer­maid magic”, which turns out to be com­pletely fake. What would daddy Nep­tune say?

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