When we were kids, we probably weren’t really aware that the song “We are Siamese if You Please” made people uncomfortable. The taunting, superior behavior of Si and Am (the cats), the lyrics and, frankly, the portrayal all depict a pretty racist version of Asian culture (Thai culture? Who knows really – it’s that broad) that could mold young minds to thinking a certain way. So if you ask me, hearing that they’ll be replacing and updating if for the ‘live action’ version is great news.
According to Variety, the song will be omitted and Grammy winner Janelle Monae will be providing new and improved music for the film (in addition to voicing Peg, one of the dogs in the pound). Word is that the pair of cats will no longer be Siamese at all, effectively removing the entire issue.
The movie will star Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux and will debut in theaters and on Disney+ on November 12th, 2019.
Disney+ is the brand’s new streaming service, set to launch on the same day toward the end of 2019. If you’re excited (and virtually lining up) you’re not alone.
If I were Noggin or PBS Kids I’d be shaking in my boots.