Thrice Grammy Award winner Raphael Saadiq was named executive music producer for “Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur”.
The highly anticipated animated series 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. Using his skills as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer, Saadiq will direct songwriting and music that reflects New York’s many cultures and communities (hip-hop, pop, R&B, jazz, Jamaican, funk , Latin, etc.,). The Disney Branded Television series based on the hit Marvel comics 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 Friday, July 1 during a “Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur” panel at ESSENCE Cultural Festival in New Orleans. You can watch the featurette below:
“I am proud to be working with Disney Branded Television on this groundbreaking new series featuring an intelligent, funny, compassionate, and born African American Marvel superheroine. I look forward to helping the creative team bring the show to life through the music. said Saadiq.
Saadiq is known for his deep musicality, his contemporary creative vision and his encyclopedic knowledge of timeless pop and R&B music. He 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. Saadiq has been nominated nearly 20 times for the entertainment industry’s most coveted awards, including a Academy Awardof them golden globes and 15 Grammy Awards. He most recently served as Executive Music Producer for National Geographic’s critically acclaimed “Genius: Aretha” limited series.
Diamond White, the 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 Alfred Woodard as Lunella’s grandmother, Mimi; Libe Barer as Lunella Casey’s best friend and manager; Sasheer Zamata as Adria, Lunella’s mother; Jermaine Fowler as Lunella’s father, James Jr.; Gary Anthony Williams as Lunella Pops’ grandfather; 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 executive produced by Fishburne and Helen Sugland’s Cinema Gypsy Productions (ABC’s ‘Black-ish’ and ‘mixed-ish’, Freeform’s ‘grown-ish’) and Steve Loter (‘Kim Possible’ from Disney).
Raphael Saadiq Named Executive Music Producer for New Disney Animated Series
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