Disney's first look at Liu Yifei in costume as Mulan is great, but is the upcoming adaptation changing too much of what made the animated movie special? Jacki and Francesca discuss.
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No, it does not need musical numbers and it does not need the comedy relief dragon. The legend of Mulan has existed for centuries. It has been adapted hundreds of different ways in its homeland of China. It certainly doesn't need those two Disney touches in order to work. Think of it as a readaptation of the legend rather than a straight-up remake of the 1998 cartoon.
People are thinking this is trying to be a remake of the movie. This is more likely trying to be a more faithful adaptation of the novel, where there was no Mushu, and Mulan was already a badass in her own right. This could be interesting, but nope, it's got to be like the animated film. Seriously?
Original legend of Mulan has NO Mushu. Mushu was a mistake! And to add a witch as the main villain is totally a mistake because in the original legend, there was NO WITCH. Just stick to the war story with emphasize on her true self as a woman disguised as a man. It would be much cooler than adding a witch.
I think it'll be better without the music and Mushu. Beauty and the Beast failed Be Our Guest because they didn't build up to it properly and it felt forced and out of place. I Wanna Be Like You from Jungle Book was awkward as hell. Bear Necessities was fine because it wasn't a musical number. If try music in this like they did in those movies, it'll just come off the same. The same goes for Mushu.
That being said, Reflections could work as a quiet solo, but would be weird and out of place if it was the only song. They have to go all or nothing with the songs. I would like to hear an instrumental of Make a Man Out of You for a training montage. But only an instrumental
Why even make a Mulan movie if you’re not going to include Mushu and music? Why not make anything else, oh cuz naming it Mulan makes money. This movie is just riding the wave of inclusive movies. There’s no other reason it needed to be remade.
People, the tale of Mulan never had Mushu. That character and the musical scores were made to fit the target audience of the cartoon movie. This can definitely be a great adaptation of the original story without those elements
Em, I don't think it is reasonable to say that Mulan story is about a girl breaking out of the box. Imho, it is about a strong girl who become a hero and was rewarded even though she lied about who she was. Plus, we are talking about China: female-warriors are not that big a suprise (although, statistically less frequent).
This movie is gonna flop. I like the Asian representation. But what are the Indian actors gonna be cast as? Oh i checked yeah they are gonna be casted as Indian characters hmmm that's interesting. I mean this is gonna be a interesting take to the story. But not having the musical numbers and Mushu is a major let down.
Mulan was one of my favorite Disney movies so I can tell you that I already hate everything I've read about this movie. This will be Mulan in name only. Of course we can only judge once we've seen but I wanted a more Beauty and the Beast like adaptation. Not this. I feel like it's just gonne be a war drama instead of something you can have fun with.
Be honestly, that is a culture difference. I am Chinese, and my impression (maybe most of the people here) of Mulan is from its original story "the Ballad of Mulan" (which came from China Song dynasty), and other local poem, opera and movies coming after, including 1998 Mulan.
My POINT is, 1998 Mulan is a wonderful movie and it brings the charming character to a lot of people all over the world, but, Mulan's image is definitely not equal to a certain Disney princess, its story is also not equal to the 1998 cartoon movie. If Disney is about to shoot a Mulan story movie, not just a live action 1998 Mulan, i hope they could do something new and make a triumph beyond the 1998 version.
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