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The Siamese Cats Could Be Dropped From The Lady And The Tramp Remake

The Siamese Cats Could Be Dropped From The Lady And The Tramp Remake

Disney fans have been anxiously awaiting news about the Lady And The Tramp remake.

And while few details are known at this point, many have welcomed reports that producers are planning to drop the infamous Siamese cats - along with their song that many critics now consider to be racist and problematic.

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Credit: Disney
Credit: Disney

According to Variety, Grammy winner Janelle Monáe will be contributing new music to the film, including the revamped Siamese Cat Song along with two original songs.

She'll reportedly be working with her artist collective Wondaland on the revamp and will also have a voice role in the live-action reboot, which will only be streaming on Disney's upcoming new service, Disney Plus.


The Siamese Cat Song, originally recorded by Peggy Lee for the sinister cats named Si and Am in the 1955 version, features the well-known lyrics like "we are Siamese if you please/we are Siamese if you don't please".

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Janelle Monáe is rumoured to be working on music for the new film [Credit: PA]
Janelle Monáe is rumoured to be working on music for the new film [Credit: PA]

The new live-action remake will feature Tessa Thompson as Lady and Justin Theroux as Tramp, alongside a few big names for the human roles, like Kiersey Clemons, Thomas Mann and Yvette Nicole Brown. It has been reported that real dogs will play Lady and Tramp, but Tessa and Justin will be doing the voices.


The streaming service Disney Plus is due to launch in mid-November, and Disney are planning to delete and edit other controversial content before it goes on the service, such as the 1946 film Song of the South and the Jim Crow scene in 1941's Dumbo.

Disney is evidently keen to modernise some of its best-loved classics, in spired of of the uproar from some members of the public about it. Lady And The Tramp will debut exclusively on Disney Plus, and further details of its UK release are expected to follow.

Pretty52 has reached out to Disney for comment.

Featured Image Credit: Credit: Disney

Topics: Entertainment, Disney, Films

Marianne Eloise

Marianne writes about TV, film and internet culture for Nylon, VICE, The Guardian, Vulture, Time Out and more. She was previously a staff writer at Dazed.

 

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