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Remember When David Bowie Was On "SpongeBob Squarepants?"

The Thin White Duke voiced a blue Atlantean Lord on "Atlantis SquarePantis."

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David Bowie, who died on Sunday at age 69, can be counted as one of the most influential forces in pop culture in the last century. His bold contributions to music, fashion, and showbiz are unquantifiable. Among Bowie's many screen credits, the rock star also lent his voice to a 2007 episode of SpongeBob Squarepants, titled "Atlantis SquarePantis," a 45-minute musical special.

The Thin White Duke voiced Lord Royal Highness, the emperor of the Atlanteans of Atlantis: keeper and protector of riches, power, the arts, scientific achievement... and the world's oldest bubble.


Despite this episode featuring an ocean's worth of tunes, Bowie's character does not sing. However, he lands the best line, for SpongeBob and Patrick: "I'm just going to leave you two friendly strangers alone with our most beloved ancient and fragile Atlantean relic." (You can imagine how that all plays out.)

But LRH also poses an important question, "What is art?", to his underwater visitors.

So as David Bowie -- er, Lord Royal Highness urged -- go ahead. Dream a little.