Some new details have been revealed about the upcoming Disney+ exclusive movie, Lady & The Tramp, that stars Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux. The movie will see Grammy winner Janelle Monae performing two original songs for the movie and she will be playing the role of Peg, who was originally voiced by Peggy Lee in the original movie. She will be singing a new version of the classic song, “He’s a Tramp”.
Monae’s artist collective Wondaland’s Nate “Rocket” Wonder and Roman GianArthur are also “reinventing” “The Siamese Cat Song,” from the original movie. The new version will seem them take a new direction for the characters and will not be Siamese cats according to Variety’s sources.
“We’re dealing with Wondaland, her team of incredibly creative writers and producers that she works with. So our director has engaged with her in terms of what the storytelling [of] the song needs to be,” Kaylin Frank, a vice president in Creative Music and Soundtracks at Disney, said at the recent MUSEXPO Creative Summit in Burbank, Calif.
The movie is still set in 1910, but it will contain Monae’s personal sound according to Kaylin Frank.
The original “Siamese Cat Song” has been deemed offensive due to its extreme use of Asian stereotypes.
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