Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Director Says The Film Isn’t A Musical To Stay Realistic

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The director of Disney’s Mulan says that they didn’t include songs in the film so that it can be as realistic as possible.

The director of Disney’s Mulan revealed why the live-action remake hasn’t included any of the songs from the original animated movie, explaining that they wanted to make sure it depicted a realistic version of the classic tale. This also explains why Disney’s Mulan won’t be including Mushu, the fan favorite dragon from the original movie. But according to director Niki Caro, they always intended about making it a very real story.

When speaking to Digital Spy, Niki Caro explained that Disney’s Mulan won’t include the classic songs because it wouldn’t be realistic. The director did mention that if she could’ve included the soundtrack she would’ve done. But she also explained that Disney’s Mulan honours the music from the animated movie significantly. Take a look at what director Niki Caro said about the realism of Disney’s Mulan below.

“I mean, back to the realism question – we don’t tend to break into song when we go to war. Not that I’m saying anything against the animation. The songs are brilliant, and if I could squeeze them in there, I would have. But we do honour the music from the animation in a very significant way. I guess that’s the biggest thing for me about making – remaking – an iconic title like Mulan in live-action. It’s the fact that it can be real, and it’s the real story of a girl going to war.”

Do you think Disney’s Mulan should’ve kept the songs from the original animated film? Are you excited to see the live-action version of Mulan? Sound off in the comments below!

Here is the official synopsis for Disney’s Mulan:

When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.

Directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek, Disney’s Mulan stars Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor.

Disney’s Mulan will be released in theaters on March 27, 2020.

Source: Digital Spy

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