‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Ice-T Explains Why He’s Lending Iconic Voice to Children’s Cartoon

by Kati Michelle
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It’s hard to think of a better fit for Sergeant Odafin Tutuola than Ice-T on NBC’s long-running “Law & Order: SVU.” Since 2000, he’s devoted his time to the show that celebrated over 500 episodes going into their 23rd season. Of course, Ice-T’s career spans into music, too. After a brief stint in the military after high school, Ice-T gained a strong following in the underground rap scene in the ’80s.

Now, he claims one of the most iconic voices in pop culture. And that being said, it was only a matter of time before Ice-T tried his hand at voice acting. Your littles probably didn’t catch his “Bubble Guppies” appearance today on Nickelodeon, but maybe you did. Here’s why he decided to lend his iconic voice to the children’s cartoon.

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Ice-T Jokes That the Kiddie Role Will Probably ‘Bug Out’ His Young Daughter

“I can’t wait to see my character on Bubble Guppies,” he relays in a recent interview. “I’m sure it’s gonna bug out Chanel,” he says referring to the 5-year-old daughter he shares with his wife Coco.

Nick Jr. previewed his guest-star role in a tweet:

As per Nick Jr.’s tweet, Ice-T takes on the shape of Garbage Khan in an episode of “Bubble Guppies” titled “A Load of Litterbugs.” A running joke with his character on the episode is that no one can actually pronounce his name. Maybe that’s why Garbage Khan leads his evil minion crew of Litterbugs with a plan to destroy Planet Pristine. Captain Deema and her crew on the USS Recycler catch word of these plans and are determined to foil them, however, while also leading a musical planetary clean-up.

The children’s show actually earned a daytime Emmy Award back in 2014, with several more nominations in the coming years. Out of their most recent nominations, they earned one for Outstanding Preschool Children’s Animated Series in 2020, and then another for Outstanding Casting for an Animated Program this year.

Remembering His Past Voice Acting Roles

Now, “Bubble Guppies” isn’t the only project that Ice-T has lent his voice to. The growing list also includes several video games like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Sanity: Aiken’s Artifact as well as Def Jam: Fight for NY and UFC: Tapout.

Actually, he joined Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show back in 2016 for a comedic bit about his voice acting. Fallon overlayed several popular cartoons like “Peanuts” and “Duck Tales” with Ice-T’s voice as a spoof and the results are hilarious.

Check it out: