When Snoopy and the gang reunite for The Peanuts Movie this fall, they’ll be celebrating the 65th anniversary of the strip’s debut by hitting the big screen in 3-D — and by introducing a brand new pop anthem by Meghan Trainor.
The singer penned “Better When I’m Dancin'” after director Steve Martino asked her to create a song about confidence, something she lacked when first faced with the task. After all, she had never written music for a film or even seen a Peanuts movie special. (As Charlie Brown would say: Good grief.) “I was so nervous,” she says. “I wanted to make sure I got it exactly what they wanted.”
It wasn’t until Trainor began suffering vocal troubles on her tour earlier this year that she found inspiration for the tune, which will be released in early September. “I feel better when I’m on stage, dancing and distracted,” she explains. “So that’s what I wrote about: feeling better when you’re dancing and having fun and forgetting about everything else.”
Helping to keep things positive? A Peanuts version of Trainor — dressed in her costume from the “All About That Bass” music video — drawn by the film’s animators as a thank you. “I got the little bowtie!” she says of her avatar. “Isn’t it so cute? I love it.”
The entire lineup of the gang can be seen below. The Peanuts Movie hits theaters Nov. 6.