Disney is reinventing one of its politically incorrect songs for the upcoming live-action “Lady and the Tramp” reboot, and have enlisted Grammy winner Janelle Monae and her colleagues to help them.
Monae has a voice role in the film but it has now been announced she will also perform two original songs for it, along with her artist collective Wondaland ‘reinventing’ Peggy Lee’s “The Siamese Cat Song” from the 1955 animated original.
The original song, sung by feline duo Si and Am with the famed line “We are Siamese if you please, We are Siamese if you don’t please” has often been considered cringe-worthy and insulting to Asian culture.
The pair in the new film are not Siamese cats and so Wondaland contributors Nate ‘Rocket’ Wonder and Roman GianArthur are working on a different take for the pair.
Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux lead the human cast of the film which is set in 1910 and has a blues-ragtime vibe, but will still retain Monae’s personal sound. Wondaland could also do a pass on the film’s signature song “He’s A Tramp”.
The new “Lady and the Tramp” will premiere on Disney+ later this year.