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Interview: Janelle Monáe, Nate Wonder and Roman Discuss Creating New Music for ‘Lady and the Tramp’

The highly anticipated new streaming service Disney+ is finally here. The arrival of the new streaming service means new original TV shows and movies, and one of the first movies on the platform is the live-action re-imagining of the 1955 classic Lady and the Tramp. This new version of the much-beloved classic stars  Tessa Thompson as the voice of Lady and Justin Theroux as the voice of Tramp, Kiersey Clemons as Darling, Thomas Mann as Jim Dear, Janelle Monáe as the voice of Peg, Yvette Nicole Brown as Aunt Sarah, and Sam Elliott as the voice of Trusty. 

I had the chance to sit down with Monáe this past weekend and the talented artist was not only busy voicing a character for the film, but she also helped with the music – which included two new original songs. Joining her were “Wondaland” creative collaborators: Nate “Rocket” Wonder and Roman GianArthur, who wrote, produced and helped with vocals on the songs featured Lady and the Tramp.

We spoke about their process creating something new and original, while still keeping that same familiarity fans of the original movie loved. Monáe talked about her character and what she got to do on the set of the movie. The trio also gave me advice on what to do when you’re in a creative rut. 

Check out the interview below (and make sure to subscribe): 

Lady in the Tramp is now streaming on Disney+. 

Official Synopsis:

In Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, a timeless re-telling of the 1955 animated classic, a pampered house dog and a tough but lovable stray embark on an unexpected adventure and, despite their differences, grow closer and come to understand the value of home. Life is good for Lady, an overachieving American Cocker Spaniel who resides in an upscale suburban neighborhood. Her owners, Jim Dear and Darling, spoil her daily and her neighbors, Jock, an outspoken Scottish Terrier and Trusty, a world-weary Bloodhound, are always within barking distance. But when a baby enters the picture, Lady is no longer the center of attention, and the arrival of cat-loving Aunt Sarah only complicates matters.

Lady soon finds herself alone on the streets in an unwelcoming part of town. Fortunately, Tramp steps in, and the streetwise mongrel is quick to teach her the ways of the world. Before long, the prim and proper pure bred and the fast-talking mutt are partaking in moonlight strolls in the park and romantic spaghetti dinners by candlelight. Tramp savors the independence of a world without leashes or fences alongside his roguish friends Peg and Bull, but Lady misses the comfort and safety of a family, and soon both must decide where – and with whom – they belong. A heartwarming romantic adventure that seamlessly combines live action and photorealistic animation.

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