Add one other entry to Missy Elliott’s already prolonged record of credit. The Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame nominee and Grammy-winning artist will visitor star on Cartoon Community’s hit collection Craig of the Creek. The episode will premiere Monday, April 3 (5 p.m. ET/PT).
Titled “The Jump Off,” the episode finds collection characters Craig, Cannonball, Sparkle Cadet and Diane gearing up for a Double Dutch event. When the group asks Craig’s mother Nicole for a couple of pointers, she tells them a narrative about her personal Double Dutch rivalry with a lady named Carla Frazier, voiced by Elliott, on the regionals (pictured holding the trophy within the artwork above).
“I’m so excited to be part of this Craig of the Creek episode,” Elliott tells Billboard completely by way of e mail. “Voicing the Carla character was perfect for me as I am a huge Double Dutch fan. I hope the fans enjoy the episode!”
In line with Jeff Trammell, one of many writers of “The Jump Off” episode, the thought of Elliott voicing a visitor function on the collection took form whereas the group was engaged on the present’s Halloween episode, “Trick or Creek.” Supervising director Tiffany Ford had pitched the notion of getting Craig’s mother, Nicole, costume up as Elliott’s iconic picture from the rapper’s video for “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly).”
“The second the [costume] idea came up,” Trammell tells Billboard, “we knew we had to pay homage to one of the greatest musicians of our lifetime and thought it would be cool if Missy somehow saw it. The fact that she not only saw it but was a fan of our shoutout meant the world. So we were hopeful she’d agree to do an episode of ‘Craig of the Creek.’ Needless to say, once Missy agreed, we were thrilled and thought a fun twist on Nicole’s costume would be to have Missy voice Nicole’s (extremely one-sided) rival Carla Frazier, jump-rope extraordinaire. As with everything, Missy knocked it out of the park. We couldn’t have been more excited to work with her; a dream come true for the entire crew.”
See a clip from “The Jump Off” beneath: