The long-awaited live-action film Disney’s Mulan was released today on Disney+. Originally the film was set to be released in theaters on March 27th, but thanks to the worldwide pandemic and the closure of theaters around the globe the release was delayed multiple times.
Disney’s Mulan is the story of a young Chinese girl who disguises herself as a boy to keep her ailing father from having to serve in the Imperial Army. She goes off to train with the other soldier recruits and ultimately helps to protect China from the invasion of the Huns.
During the course of these events, she falls in love with Captain Li Sheng in the army. This is a powerful story, and very inspirational to children everywhere.
If you haven’t seen it yet, here is Disney’s Mulan live-action trailer. Here it is, you may notice the instrumental version of Reflection playing behind the action. The trailers are packed full of action scenes that have many eager to see just what this live-action re-make will offer.
Mulan the Movie vs. Mulan Live-Action
Disney has made no bones about it, that there will be some pretty significant changes from the 1998 animated version and this year’s live-action version. One of the most notable changes is the removal of Mushu the dragon played by the always comical Eddie Murphy, and Mulan’s lucky cricket Cri-Kee, given to her before she went to see the matchmaker.
Another change from Disney’s animated Mulan and the live-action version is a change in who the villain will be. In the animated movie, the villain is Shan Yu the leader of the Hun army and his falcon sidekick Hayabusa. The live-action movie will feature a new villain, Bori Khan, and the Rouran army who are trying to reclaim their lands. Khan will have a new sidekick as well, a witch, Xianniang, who can shapeshift herself into a bird of prey.
Disney’s Mulan Official Trailer
Mulan’s love interest, Li Shang, from the animated version will not be included in the live-action film. Instead, two new characters will be introduced Commander Tung and Chen Honghui. Chen Honghui will play Mulan’s love interest in the live-action film. Commander Tung acts as a fatherly figure and mentors to Mulan while she is serving in the army in her own father’s place.
There are a few other differences in the live-action version that fans of Disney’s Mulan the animated version may notice. There is no hair cutting scene, in Chinese culture warriors take pride in their long hair, cutting it would actually make her look MORE like a woman instead of less. Mulan’s grandmother is not included in the live-action film, and she will also have a younger sister, Hua Xiu.
Disney’s animated Mulan featured several well-recognized songs that even won some awards when the film came out. Christina Aguilar performed the animated film’s main song “Reflection”, and recorded a new version, Loyal Brave True, for the live-action film.
Other iconic songs from the animated version include “True to Your Heart”, “A Girl Worth Fighting For”, “I’ll Make a Man Out of You”, and “Honor to Us All”. It is unclear whether any of these iconic songs from the animated soundtrack will be included in the live-action film, although “Reflection” can be heard playing in the background on some of the trailers.
One thing has been made clear though, that this live-action film will not have characters breaking into musical numbers as some other Disney live-action movies have.
Disney’s animated version of Mulan has many memorable characters Mushu the lovable and funny dragon, Mulan the brave heroine of the story, and Li Shang the Captain of the Chinese Imperial Army, and Mulan’s eventual love interest.
Let’s not forget Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po a trio of best friends in Mulan’s army unit, or Crick-ee a tiny, but mighty and lucky cricket that is the good luck charm of Mulan’s family.
Mulan 2020 Cast
Disney’s 2020 live-action Mulan cast will have some newcomers, at least for the American audience, as well as some well-known actors to the big screen.
Mulan will be played by Yifei Liu, Jet Li will be playing the Emperor, Donnie Yen will be portraying Commander Tung, and Jason Scott Lee will be portraying the live-action film’s villain as Bori Khan.
Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po will be played by Chen Tang, Jimmie Wong, and Doua Moua respectively.
Is Mulan a Real Story?
Though it cannot be confirmed with 100% certainty most historians believe that the story Hua Mulan, or The Ballad of Mulan, is not based in fact. Rather it is an old Chinese folktale that has been passed down, retold, and added to throughout centuries.
While the story may not be true, it is still a beautiful, heroic, and enduring tale that has been inspirational for generations. The Ballad of Mulan is very similar to Disney’s animated retelling.
There are some funny, inspirational, and thoughtful quotes in Disney’s animated Mulan. Here are a few favorites for you to enjoy.
“A single grain of rice can tip the scale. One man may be the difference between victory and defeat.” -The Emperor
“Let me see your war face … Oh, I think my bunny slippers just ran for cover. C’mon, scare me, girl!” – Mushu
“Uh, my ancestors sent a little lizard to help me?” -Mulan
“Okay, people, people, look alive! Let’s go, come on, get up! Let’s move it! Rise and shine! You’re all way past the beauty sleep thing, trust me!” -Mushu
“Reflect before you snack—act! – Mulan
“No matter how the wind howls, the mountain cannot bow to it.” – The Emperor
Disney’s Mulan 2020 Live-Action Release Date
Disney’s live-action version of Mulan will be released to theaters and streaming platforms simultaneously on September 4th, 2020. The movie will also be released in theaters in locations where movie theaters have reopened. The movie will also be released on multiple streaming services including Disney Plus, Roku, Google, and Apple.
The film will cost $29.99 to purchase, and you will own it forever and can watch it as many times as you like. For Disney Plus members streaming the 2020 version of Mulan will require an additional purchase beyond your monthly streaming membership.
You will be able to purchase the movie directly from your subscription to Disney Plus, and the movie is yours to keep. Disney has also announced that Mulan will be available for free for Disney Plus members as early as December if you’re feeling patient.
Are you excited about the live-action version of Disney’s Mulan? Will you be going to the theater to see it, or streaming it right from home?
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