Fans will once again hear Katy Perry roar in the animation, as the five-time American Music Awards winner has been tapped to voice the titular character in the upcoming feature film. Melody. Announced when ZAG Animation launched in 2014, the animated musical is helmed by studio founder Jeremy Zag, known for creating the hit Miraculous Ladybug franchise.
With New York City as a backdrop, Melody will take audiences on an adventure of song, laughter and heroic quest: Melody is a kindhearted and insecure singer who must overcome the evil plans of Rose Stellar, a jealous and wicked queen of pop who has sworn to destroy it. In her arsenal, Melody has seven musical notes that set her apart and have magical qualities and help guide her moral compass.
“I’m a huge fan of the animation world, and because my daughter is two, I’m more immersed than ever,” Perry said. Deadline in the ad. “What resonated for me with Melody and her character was the overall storyline which has to do with self-confidence. I realized in laying the groundwork for my own child to be fearless, confident and courageous, that you can’t have enough movies with such strong empowering themes.
Perry also writes and performs songs for the film. The producers of the project are Perry, Zag, Tyler Thompson (for financier/producer Cross Creek) and Michael Gracey, director of The greatest showman and the upcoming animated feature Zagtoons Ladybug & Cat Noir: Alarm Clock.
Melody will be on stage at the Cannes Film Market next week, represented for worldwide distribution by CAA Media Finance and co-represented for foreign sales by Rocket Science.
Superstar singer-songwriter Perry is best known in the animation world as the voice of Smurfette in Sony Pictures Animation’s two hybrids. The Smurfs movies. She also played the role of herself in The simpsons (“The Fight Before Christmas”) and voiced the pony in Lil Dicky’s ambitious animated music video collaboration, “Earth.”