...And I am not just talking about the singing. Continuing on their master plan to replace all of our sweet childhood memories with gritty realism, Disney revealed to the world the first trailer for their live-action remake of Mulan. Despite the cinematography looking amazing and, the acting seems to be on point, we can't help but notice that a small red Eddie Murphy voiced dragon is nowhere to be seen.
I have gone on record numerous times here about how much of Disney 'Fanboy' I am, especially when comes to their old animated catalogue. Mulan (next to The Lion King), is by far my favourite Disney animated film largely due to my obsession with all things Kun Fu growing up along with the now-familiar sprinkling of that good ole Disney magic. Many of that magic came in the form of Mushu and his memorable moments with Mulan during her journey on becoming a hero.
Mushu meant more to the animated film than just comedy.
Of course, we knew this movie would have a more serious tone in the re-telling of the story (again remember, there is no singing) as director Niki Caro had previously been on record saying that her version would be a “muscular piece of girly martial arts extravaganza in China”. Also, we are not saying Mushu removal automatically makes the movie bad but, when the film is being heavily marketed to appeal to the nostalgia of loyal fans, his absence will certainly be noticed. Furthermore, Disney already proved with their live-action remakes of the Jungle Book and the upcoming Lion King, that they can seamlessly incorporate computer-generated anthropomorphic animals into their realistic settings quite well.
Some fans are not happy at no Mushu
“Mulan is the epic adventure of a fearless young woman who masquerades as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China,” the film studio said.
“The eldest daughter of an honoured warrior, Hua Mulan is spirited, determined and quick on her feet.
“When the emperor issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army, she steps in to take the place of her ailing father as Hua Jun, becoming one of China’s greatest warriors ever.”
Despite the movie not fully following the animated original, we are still very much excited for its release. Mulan is set for release in cinemas on 27 March 2020. For more animation news check out Toy Story's review roundup or new anime on Crunchy Roll, Dr. Stone.
Hey I am Marlon Mcfarlane the writer here at Blue Crescent Studio & a longtime lover of all things Animation & Gaming.