A teaser for Disney’s Mulan live-action has just been released on YouTube and fans aren’t happy.
8 July 2019 by Fachana Techamaneewat
Disney’s Mulan live-action official teaser trailer has just been released on YouTube and fans are already in outrage.
Well, because early rumours of the live-action adaptation not including Mushu and not being a musical has finally been proven true.
And it looks like a lot of fans were hoping for the contrary.
In the Disney animation, Mushu is Mulan’s closest and faithful companion who helps to guide Mulan through her tough journey and harsh time in the army.
Not to mention he was one of Disney’s beloved character of all time. Uh, best comic relief to ever grace the screen, anyone?
And now the fact that Mulan won't be a musical? We guess it's goodbye to the Disney animation's amazing soundtrack. The brilliant songs such as ‘Reflection’, ‘I’ll Make a Man Out of You’ and ‘A Girl Worth Fighting For’ won't get a number in this live action.
And these are the reasons why fans are mad because, in a way, fans saw these two elements as being the things that made Mulan what it was.
Check out what angry fans had to say about it:
On the other hand, there were fans who calmly accepted the change:
Overall, it actually looks like Disney is not remaking the Disney animation of Mulan, but remaking the original classic Chinese tale.
And for the musical numbers? Well, they probably felt it would take away the seriousness of the issue Mulan was facing. After all, Mulan did go into the army in her father's place, which was clearly an act of deception since she was pretending to be someone she wasn't.
Basically, a potential death sentence, right?
And let's not forget the fact that when the Disney animation of Mulan was initially released, Chinese people were annoyed that the story was way too different from the myth and that the way Mulan was drawn was a little too foreign-looking.
...Not to mention the cultural appropriation in the Disney animation.
For instance, the way the Emperor bowed to Mulan at the end was viewed as completely shocking and frankly, ludicrous. As the Emperor of China is seen as the 'Son of Heaven', he would never, in any circumstances, bow down to someone ranked below him.
So with this new remake, it actually looks like Disney is trying to create a film that is much more culturally correct this time around.
The film is scheduled to be released on March 27, 2020.
Fachana Techamaneewat is a news writer at Exclusive Hollywood and is responsible for researching and writing news articles while providing story updates wherever necessary.
Fun fact: On the weekends, she's an avid writer for practically anything. Her current obsession is the Umbrella Academy, and as of now, is writing a book.