Disney has announced that three-time GRAMMY Award winner Raphael Saadiq has been named executive music producer for “Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur,” the highly anticipated animated series that follows 13-year-old super-genius Lunella Lafayette ( aka Moon Girl) and her 10-ton T-Rex, Devil Dinosaur, as they protect New York’s Lower East Side from danger. Saadiq, a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, will lead the songwriting and musical score that reflects New York’s many cultures and communities (hip-hop, pop, R&B, jazz, Jamaican, funk, Latin, etc.) . Based on the hit Marvel comics, the Disney Branded Television series is set to premiere in 2023 on Disney Channel and Disney+.
The news, along with a video featuring Saadiq and the series’ music, was revealed today during a “Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur” panel at the ESSENCE Festival of Culture in New Orleans.
Saadiq said in a statement:
“I am proud to be working with Disney Branded Television on this groundbreaking new series featuring an intelligent, funny, compassionate, and born leader, African-American Marvel superheroine. I look forward to helping the creative team bring the show to life through the music.
Known for his deep musicality, contemporary creative vision and encyclopedic knowledge of timeless pop and R&B music, Saadiq has produced and co-written hits for top artists including Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Mick Jagger, John Legend, Snoop Dogg, Solange Knowles and Mary J. Blige. He’s been nominated nearly 20 times for the entertainment industry’s most coveted awards, including an Oscar.®, two Golden Globes and 15 GRAMMY Awards. Most recently, he served as Executive Music Producer for National Geographic’s critically acclaimed limited series “Genius: Aretha.”
Diamond White, voice of Lunella/Moon Girl, provides vocals for the theme song and additional songs throughout the series. In addition to White, the series’ voice cast includes Alfre Woodard as Lunella’s grandmother, Mimi; Libe Barer as Lunella’s best friend and manager, Casey; Sasheer Zamata as Lunella’s mother, Adria; Jermaine Fowler as Lunella’s father, James Jr.; Gary Anthony Williams as Lunella’s grandfather, Pops; Fred Tatasciore as the Devil Dinosaur; and series executive producer Laurence Fishburne in the recurring role of The Beyonder, a curious and mischievous trickster.
Produced by Disney Television Animation, the series is produced by Fishburne and Helen Sugland’s Cinema Gypsy Productions (ABC’s “black-ish” and “mixed-ish”, Freeform’s “grown-ish”) and Steve Loter (Disney’s “Kim Possible”).
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