And Bruce Willis as Sandy Cheeks!
February 23, 2003 6:57 PM   Subscribe

If you worship SpongeBob Squarepants as much as I do, then you know that superb voice talent is one of the things that makes this particular cartoon so wonderfully entertaining. But what you might not realize is just how much top-drawer showbiz talent the show's executive producer, Stephen Hillenburg, has assembled to bring his cast of wacky undersea characters to life: film actors like Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs), Ernest Borgnine (Mermaid Man), and John Rhys-Davies (The Evil Man Ray), along with teevee legends Tim Conway (Barnacle Boy) and Charles Nelson Reilly (The Dirty Bubble). Who knows, maybe they'll they cast Gary Oldman in the role of Plankton for the upcoming film?
posted by MrBaliHai (13 comments total)
And I'd just like to mention that by just focusing this post on the big names in the cast, did I in no way intend to slight the prodigious talents of Tom Kenney (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), and Carol Lawrence (Sandy Cheeks).
posted by MrBaliHai at 7:00 PM on February 23, 2003

Tom Kenney, according to this page, also did the voice for Heffer on Rocko's Modern Life. Geez, I miss that show...

(He was also the Mayor on the PPG's, apparently)
posted by betheon at 7:09 PM on February 23, 2003

"What would Spongebob do?" - new ethical slogan.
posted by troutfishing at 7:37 PM on February 23, 2003

Tom Kenney was also an important part of Mr. Show.

Man, I miss Mr. Show so much!
posted by Mayor Curley at 7:57 PM on February 23, 2003

SpongeBob Rocks!
posted by moses at 8:20 PM on February 23, 2003

A RealAudio archive of WNYC's Brian Lehrer talking to Slate tv critic Virginia Heffernan about why Spongebob is popular with adults.
posted by Armitage Shanks at 8:35 PM on February 23, 2003

Spongebob really, really sucks...Powerpuff girls all the way!
posted by Orange Goblin at 12:30 AM on February 24, 2003

Damn...I was going to do a post just like this last week, but I forgot!

The fact that Clancy Brown, one bad-ass actor, is Mr. Krabs...that tickles me pink.
posted by taumeson at 6:16 AM on February 24, 2003

I just don't get this show for the life of me. Simpsons forever!
posted by tgrundke at 6:52 AM on February 24, 2003

Powerpuff girls all the way!

Simpsons forever!

Why turn this into a my-cartoon-is-better-than-your-cartoon pissing match? I love those shows too.
posted by MrBaliHai at 7:18 AM on February 24, 2003

Because nothing matters more than which cartoon is better than another.

But seriously, I don't get the appeal of Spongebob...the only funny thing I ever saw on it was when he was crying face down, and sucked back his own tears...
posted by Orange Goblin at 8:21 AM on February 24, 2003

OG: yeah, silly me. I keep forgetting that.

Actually, I didn't get SpongeBob at first either, but after a while I realized how clever it was, then it really began to grow on me. I also like the fact that, unlike the Simpsons, I can always watch it with my kids without having to wonder about whether or not a particular episode will be age-appropriate.
posted by MrBaliHai at 9:41 AM on February 24, 2003

Tokyo Pig! Tokyo Pig!
The heartwarming story of a boy named Spencer Weinberg-Takahama and his magical pet pig. And is "The Weather Lady" a babe or what?
You gotta respect a Saturday Morning cartoon show from the makers of "Gangs of New York" and "Chicago"... (11AM on the Dysfunctional Family Channel)
posted by wendell at 8:51 PM on February 24, 2003

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