STXfilms today announced that multi-talented superstar Janelle Monáe has joined the voice cast of its upcoming animated feature UglyDolls, and will perform original songs for the film. Monáe will play a central character who helps the UglyDolls as they embark on an adventure of love and self-acceptance. She joins a voice cast that includes Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Pitbull, Wanda Sykes, Gabriel Iglesias, and Blake Shelton.
“Janelle Monáe is not only a unique performer and powerhouse talent,” said Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STXfilms. “She also uses her platform to uplift others and promote inclusivity, which embodies the essential characteristics of the UglyDolls. We could not have asked for a better individual to help teach our UglyDolls how to love themselves for who they are.”
A Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, performer, producer, activist and actress, Monáe is known for her unique style and groundbreaking sound. She released her third solo album, the critically acclaimed Dirty Computer, in April 2018. Her past acting credits include the Academy Award-nominated Hidden Figures and Best Picture winner Moonlight. She also featured on the soundtrack of STXfilms’ comedy smash Bad Moms with the song “Tightrope.”
Unconventionality rules in UglyDolls, the new animated family adventure based on the beloved toy brand. In the adorably different town of Uglyville, the free-spirited Moxy and her UglyDolls friends confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing because who you truly are is what matters most.
STXfilms will release the UglyDolls movie in theaters May 10, 2019 as launch vehicle for STX Entertainment’s UglyDolls franchise. An animated kids series is also underway with a full series order from premium streaming service Hulu, and Hasbro joined early on as global master toy licensee. The original motion picture soundtrack will be released by Atlantic Records.
Created as a plush toy line by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim, the UglyDoll brand quickly gained a cult following around the world and was named Toy of the Year by the Toy Industry Association in 2006. Beloved by children, teenagers and adults alike, UglyDoll characters are distinct for their endearing “ugliness,” in a wonderful “uglyverse” where differences are celebrated and embraced.