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'SpongeBob SquarePants' Hits the Big 1-0

''SpongeBob SquarePants'' celebrates 10 years -- Patton Oswalt and Ernest Borgnine reflect on their voiceover work

ALTON BROWN (Nicholas Withers)
''It was a blast — I came up with this voice that didn't sound anything like me. I channeled this very strange person. Only three people I know figured out it was even me when they saw it.''

PATTON OSWALT (Jim the Fry Cook)
''The best part was that I sat next to Clancy Brown in the studio. I'm a big Highlander fan, so to see him do Mr. Krabs was really fun.''

DEE SNIDER (Angry Jack)
''I knew they must be fans [of mine] because in the SpongeBob movie, they took my song 'I Wanna Rock' and changed it to 'Goofy Goober Rock.' I flipped at the opportunity to be in the show. I have four kids, and everybody loved SpongeBob.''

MARION ROSS (SpongeBob's Gramma)
''A grown man comes up to me and says, 'You're very famous!' And I said, 'Yes, you know, Happy Days. And he said, 'No, you're SpongeBob SquarePants' Gramma!'''

ERNEST BORGNINE (Mermaidman)
''I had to talk to a bunch of little girls who didn't know me from Adam. But I said,'How many of you know SpongeBob?' Suddenly I was inundated with autograph requests, and everyone wanted their picture taken with me.''

TIM CONWAY (Barnacleboy)
''You record these things, and then a year later they happen. So one day my granddaughter said, 'Barnacleboy sounds exactly like you.' And I said, 'I'm gonna have to punch the guy who's taking my jobs!' But I remembered it was me.''

Originally posted Jul 21, 2009 Published in issue #1057 Jul 24, 2009 Order article reprints