Musicians have a way of popping up in the most unexpected places. Whether it’s on your favorite TV show, a video game, or even your grocery store. They even invade the world of cartoons. While some artists had their own cartoons, others felt a brief appearance was good enough for them. And as you would expect most of them turned to The Simpsons for their cameos. But others have graced different cartoons both kid and adult oriented. These aren’t necessarily the best or worst cartoon cameos from musicians. Rather these are just 13 interesting or unexpected cartoons celebrities have guest starred in.
13. B2K on Static Shock
Does anyone remember this show? For the fourth episode of the last season, Virgil Hawkins AKA Static Shock, takes his love interest Daisy to the B2K concert. The boys don’t have too much time on stage since rival Eddie uses his powers to kidnap Daisy. The clip is pretty lame. Ten seconds of their song “Pretty Young Thing” plays and it seems none of the animators actually knew what the band looked like since the cartoons don’t resemble them in the slightest. It also has some of the laziest animation for a newer show. Them appearing in the show is pointless and is hardly memorable.
12. Jay-Z on Secret Millionaires Club
Again, has anyone heard of this show? Premiering on the Hub Network and available as a webseries, the Secret Millionaires Club follows Warren Buffet as a secret mentor to a group of kids interested in business. As with any cheesy kids cartoon they learn several life lessons along the way. On the episode “Be Cool to your School” the kids get to meet Jay-Z, who clearly did his lines in one take. His appearance is brief and his delivery is flat out lazy. Sentences run together and he can barely muster any enthusiasm even as he’s congratulating the kids for helping their school. His cameo is just about as lame as the show is.
11. James Hetfield on American Dad
This was one appearance that many didn’t know about until it happened. On the episode “The Life Aquatic with Steve Smith,” Hetfield makes an appearance as a water polo coach named James Hetfield. The joke of his appearance is even though he looks and sounds like the metal star, he claims he’s not THAT Hetfield from Metallica. He makes several references to the band and clips of their songs play throughout the episode. There’s not much to it, but him constantly denying being in Metallica is pretty funny and it’s cool that Hetfield has a sense of humor to do something like this.
10. Sonny and Cher on The New Scooby-Doo Movies
There were a number of special guests on The New Scooby-Doo Movies, like the Three Stooges and Mama Cass. I actually used to like the series as a kid, even though it’s horribly cheesy. For the episode “The Secret of Shark Island,” Sonny and Cher are on their honeymoon when they run into the Mystery gang at a run down beach resort. Blah blah blah, guys dressed in shark suits, blah blah blah meddling kids. You get the idea. Like most Scooby-Doo cameos, this one is pretty dull. Sonny and Cher don’t sound excited at all to be reading their lines. Cher doesn’t even sound like herself. It’s cheesy as hell, but then again what do you expect from Scooby-Doo? Also, why is Sonny dressed up like Santa Claus?
9. Eminem on Family Guy
Family Guy has poked fun at Eminem a few times, but the rapper actually made an appearance in 2009 to promote his then new album Relapse. Though he wasn’t in an episode, he appeared alongside Stewie Griffin during Fox’s Animation Domination block between commercial breaks. There’s one point where the rapper asks Stewie “Are you a gay baby?” to which he replies “We’re just trying to have fun here.” This isn’t the first time the rapper has been animated. Back in 2001, a webseries starring an animated Eminem popped up called The Slim Shady Show. It was actually produced by the rapper and after making waves online all episodes were released on DVD. It’s a weird show starring Slim Shady featuring the infamous Ken Kaniff. It’s like a weird South Park spoof. If you want to experience the weirdness for yourself check out episodes on Youtube.
8. Snoop Dogg on Sanjay and Craig
Remember the days of gangsta rap when Snoop Dogg was considered threatening? Now, Snoop’s more lighthearted and pokes fun at himself. He’s made several absurd cameo appearances on shows and commercials, but the oddest has to be him guest starring on an episode of Sanjay and Craig. Even though he plays a character named Street Dogg, he’s pretty much playing himself. Street Dogg moves to Sanjay’s block to escape from the celebrity lifestyle. And yes, Snoop does rap in the episode. The rest of the episode is focused on Samjay and Craig trying to reunite Street Dogg with his group Remington Tufflips. It’s kind of weird, but seems pretty normal for the rapper these days. I mean he’s narrating clips of wildlife footage now. He can pretty much do anything.
7. Andrew WK on Uncle Grandpa
Uncle Grandpa is one of those weird shows that tries to capitalize on the success of Regular Show and Adventure Time. It’s pretty strange, but did you ever expect Mr. Party himself Andrew WK to make an appearance? After Pizza Steve declares he’s bored out of his mind, an electrical surge turns on the TV with an ad from WK himself talking about his party line. It’s a pretty cute cameo since it looks just like him equipped with long hair and white t-shirt. Though you have to wonder how many kids actually know who Andrew WK is.
6. Milli Vanilli on The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3
Apparently Milli Vanilli were so popular they felt it was necessary to appear on the excellent show The Adventures of Super Mario Bros 3. The episode “Kootie Pie Rocks” revolves around the Koopa King kidnapping the band and forcing them to play for Kootie Pie. The entire thing is bonkers. Milli Vanilli sound stilted and unsure of every line they’re saying. They somehow manage to sound like a dub of themselves. And Milli Vanilli? Seriously? Their two biggest singles are featured throughout the cartoon. But what’s funny is when Kootie Pie demands they play for her, the two claim they can’t without a band. Art imitating life, right? The whole thing is just bizarre and something that can only happen in the 90s. It’s almost as bad as giving New Kids on the Block their own cartoon series. Oh wait…
5. “Weird Al” on Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Okay, pay attention because things are going to get confusing. “Weird Al” Yankovic made an appearance on the 25th episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold titled “Bat-Mite Presents: Batman’s Strangest Cases!” The second segment is based on the original Scooby-Doo and Batman crossovers seen on The New Scooby-Doo movies. Still following? Bat-Mite sets up the story and then we see Scooby and the gang attending a “Weird Al” gig. Things are cut short by the Joker and Penguin. Batman and Robin step in to save the crew. Wackiness ensues and things get campy as you would expect. Once the two are defeated “Weird Al” comes back and decides to celebrate with “a polka.” It’s one of those things you watch and wonder “what the hell just happened?” It’s a cute way to poke fun at the campy Scooby-Doo cartoons loaded with guests stars, but it’s still really strange.
4. Backstreet Boys on Arthur
During its now 20 year run, Arthur has had an impressive number of celebrity cameos for a kid’s show. But one of the biggest episodes occurred when the Backstreet Boys made an appearance. The story revolves around Muffy preparing to see the boys in concert while Francine starts her own band since BSB are “sell outs.” The band then gets popular and Francine doesn’t know how to handle the new found fame. The boys pop up several times in the episode most notably in a fantasy sequence when Muffy creepily dreams about being with Nick Carter. She even traps him in an elevator before their big concert. Sure, the premise is weird, but it’s cute to see BSB transformed into rabbits and bears. Plus, they even re-did the theme song for the show. If you want another cool boyband cartoon appearance, check out Nsync on The Simpsons.
3. Marilyn Manson on Clone High
Does anyone remember Clone High? Before this clip I’ve never heard of the show, but it was an animated show about a gang of high school students who are actually clones of famous historians, like Joan of Arc and JFK. It premiered on MTV in 2003, but was eventually removed due to poor ratings. In the second episode titled “Episode Two: Election Blu-Galoo” Marilyn Manson makes an appearance as a rock star and “licensed doctor.” He takes a moment to sing a song about the importance of the food pyramid. It sounds like something you’d expect to hear on kids programs like Arthur until Manson shouts “Die!” and turns into a hellspawn. It’s a hilarious clip that captures Manson in a different, cuddly persona.
2. Robert Smith on South Park
Matt Stone and Trey Parker aren’t shy about poking fun at celebrities, usually ones they don’t like. But for this season one episode they actually scored a cameo appearance from Robert Smith, who they’re huge fans of. Smith comes in to help defeat Mecha-Streisand from destroying South Park. How does he do this? He turns into Mothra, complete with wild hair and white gym shoes, unleashes an ear shattering screech, and punches her in the nose. With Streisand successfully defeated Stan says “Robert Smith is the greatest person that ever lived” and Jesus calls him a “savior.” It’s bizarre that Smith actually agreed to the cameo. He said he was sent the script and recorded his lines knowing nothing about the plot. It’s one of the most absurd and awesome moments from South Park.
1. The Ramones and Michael Jackson on The Simpsons
The Simpsons have had so many guests stars there are entire lists dedicated to them. Over the years, numerous bands have visited Springfield, such as REM, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, The White Stripes, and Judas Priest to name a few. It’s really hard to choose which one is best of them all, but the two that are the most memorable are The Ramones and Michael Jackson. Both artists seem unlikely to make cameo appearances on a popular show, yet it happened. The Ramones played at Mr. Burns birthday party on the episode “Rosebud.” They end their song with “Go to Hell you old bastard” leaving Mr. burns visibly shaken. Backstage, Tommy Ramone remarks, “Hey I think they liked us” while Mr. Burns says “Have the Rolling Stones killed.”
The episode “Stark Raving Dad” features Michael Jackson as a mental patient who believes he’s Michael Jackson. It’s confusing, especially since Jackson was not credited at the end and hired a impersonator to take over any singing duties. It’s a weird clip, but it’s one of the most memorable Simpson’s episodes of all time.
Which cameo is your favorite? There’s gotta be some I missed, so let me know which ones in the comments!