Disney’s next live action trailer hit the masses yesterday with a first look teaser at 2020’s Mulan:
The teaser focuses on Mulan’s journey as it lists the qualities of an “honorable woman.” Those qualities are mirrored with her training and true passion for protecting and fighting. A lot of people are taken aback, though, at the lack of a few key components of the Disney film’s original form.
No Disney live-action film seems to be without its controversy these day. Beauty And The Beast saw a bit of criticism for LeFou’s sexuality, Aladdin had all of the CGI hatred and the recent casting of a black woman for Ariel in The Little Mermaid also sent a very particular group of people on edge. It seems that no matter what, people really take ownership of the films that they grew up on. Today that new target is the lack of Mulan’s music, cricket and Dragon.
While it is a disappointment that the music is not featured, director Niki Caro told Moviefone that they had made that decision a while back. Songs like “Reflection” and “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You” are supposedly not feature in the film in any way. Unlike The Lion King, which looks to be a newly animated remake that follows the original rather closely, Mulan has decided to be a non-musical action film that excludes characters like Mushu and Cri-Kee. Some of the human character’s names are even different and it seems that this Mulan has a bird companion. This movie is following more in line with Maleficent in how it transforms the source material and becomes something new in the lore of Disney.
This might detract from nostalgia, but the common complaint is that everything is a reboot or remake these days. Maybe a new type of Mulan is what people might need. We can assume this action film will be a great one with action stars Donnie Yen and Jet Li on the team. We even get a glimpse of lead actress Yifei Liu’s new moves. Why compete with the old animated classic when you can craft a new one? Mulan releases in Spring of 2020.
Do these changes rub you the wrong way? Will you be seeing Mulan in theaters?