Grammy-winning musician Raphael Saadiq has been named executive music producer for Marvel’s new animated series, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur.
Saadiq is tasked with giving the series a sound that reflects the many music genres popular in New York City (hip-hop, pop, R&B, jazz, Jamaican, funk, Latin).
“I am proud to be working with Disney Branded Television on this groundbreaking new series featuring a female African American Marvel Super Hero, who is smart, funny, compassionate and a born leader,” Saadiq said in a statement. “I look forward to helping the creative team bring the show to life through music.”
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News that the singer, songwriter, musician and producer had been tapped to work on the series was announced during a July 1 Disney panel at the Essence Festival of Culture in New Orleans. A promo video that shows Saddiq working in the studio was also unveiled.
Here’s the official description of the series: “Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, based on Marvel’s hit comic books, follows the adventures of 13-year-old super-genius Lunella Lafayette and her 10-ton T-Rex, Devil Dinosaur. After Lunella accidentally brings Devil Dinosaur into present-day New York City, the duo works together to protect the city’s Lower East Side from danger.”
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 mom, Adria; Jermaine Fowler as Lunella’s dad, James Jr.; Gary Anthony Williams as Lunella’s grandfather, Pops; Fred Tatasciore as Devil Dinosaur; and Laurence Fishburne in the recurring role of The Beyonder, a curious and mischievous trickster.
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Produced by Disney Television Animation, the series is co-executive produced by Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland’s Cinema Gypsy Productions (ABC’s Black-ish and Mixed-ish) alongside Steve Loter (Disney’s Kim Possible).
Saadiq was previously a member of the groups Tony! Toni! Toné! and Lucy Pearl with Dawn Robinson. He has produced and co-written hits for Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Mick Jagger, John Legend, Snoop Dogg, Solange Knowles and Mary J. Blige. Most recently, he served as executive music producer for National Geographic’s critically acclaimed limited series Genius: Aretha.
Watch the musician scoring Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur in the video below.