BLACK VOICES
10/02/2015 05:38 pm ET Updated Oct 02, 2015

23 Black Actors Who Voiced Your Favorite Cartoon Characters

Some signature voices bring on the nostalgia, while others might surprise you.

Many black stars have voiced our favorite animated characters and entertained us on both the small and big screens. 

While these actors may not be seen, their voices have moved audiences to laughter, joy, and even tears -- sometimes all at once. From the mischievous children of "Bebe's Kids" and everyone's favorite dad in "The Lion King" to militant activist Huey Freeman of "The Boondocks," cartoon characters, and the voices behind them, have made a significant impact on popular culture.  

We've rounded up iconic celebrities that have been the voices behind our dearest animated characters, including everyone from Beyonce to Mike Tyson. Some signature voices cue the nostalgia while others might surprise you. Check them all out below:

  • Queen Latifah as Ellie in "Ice Age"
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  • Whoopi Goldberg as Gaia in "Captain Planet and the Planeteers"
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  • Ziggy Marley as Ernie in "Shark Tale"
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  • Nicki Minaj as Steffi in "Ice Age"
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  • Chris Rock as Marty in "Madagascar"
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  • Beyonce as Queen Tara in "Epic"
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  • John Witherspoon as Granddad in "The Boondocks"
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  • James Earl Jones as Mufasa in "The Lion King"
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  • Will Smith as Oscar in "Shark Tale"
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  • Isaac Hayes as Chef in "South Park"
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  • Rihanna as Tip in "Home"
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  • Marques Houston as Kahil in "Bebe's Kids"
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  • Samuel L. Jackson as Frozone in "The Incredibles"
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  • Kyla Pratt as Penny in "The Proud Family"
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  • Sanaa Lathan as Donna in "The Cleveland Show"
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  • Michael Jai White as Black Dynamite in "Black Dynamite"
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  • Regina King as Huey and Riley Freeman in "The Boondocks"
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  • Cree Summer as Susie in "The Rugrats"
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  • Aisha Tyler as Lana in "Archer"
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  • Orlando Brown as Filmore in "Filmore!"
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  • Faizon Love as Robin in "Bebe's Kids"
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  • Eddie Murphy as Mushu in "Mulan"
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  • Eartha Kitt as Yzma in "The Emperors New Groove"
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  • Mike Tyson as Himself in "Mike Tyson Mysteries"
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