The live-action and CGI adaptation of Lady and the Tramp for Disney+ will feature new songs from Grammy winner Janelle Monae, according to Variety.
Two songs will be performed by Monae, including the reinvention of the controversial song from the 1995 animated film that brought heavy backlash to Disney, The Siamese Cat Song, which will reportedly be remade from her artist collective, Wondaland.
The song was originally recorded by Peggy Lee for the characters of Si and Am, which has long been considered a racist stereotype of Asian culture.
Nate “Rocket” Wonder and Roman GianArthur – both Wondaland contributors – are working on the song for the duo, who are reportedly not Siamese cats in the remake. Disney and Monae’s rep confirmed she is musically involved in the project.
“We’re dealing with Wondaland, her team of incredibly creative writers and producers that she works with,” Kaylin Frank, a vice president in Creative Music and Soundtracks at Disney said. “So our director has engaged with her in terms of what the storytelling [of] the song needs to be.”
Cast members for the Lady and the Tramp remake include Tessa Thompson as Lady, Justin Theroux as Tramp, Sam Elliot as Trusty, Yvette Nicole Brown as Aunt Sarah, Benedict Wong as Bull, Monae as Peg, Ashley Jensen as Jackie, among others.
Lady and the Tramp will air on Disney+ so make sure to check out everything we know coming to the streaming service so far. Disney+ will launch on November 19 and will cost $6.99 per month or $69.99 annually, along with including the entire Disney motion-picture catalogue of movies.
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