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'Mulan' Director Explains Why the Live-Action Won't Include the Songs and It Makes Sense

By Mae Abdulbaki | Film | January 16, 2020 |

By Mae Abdulbaki | Film | January 16, 2020 |


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Disney’s live-action remakes haven’t ventured too far from their source material, leaving the risk factor to a minimum. Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast both stayed relatively loyal to their animated counterparts, with just a few changes. Meanwhile, the Aladdin live-action adaptation, for better or worse, took certain creative liberties, but not enough to call it a reimagining. The studio’s upcoming live-action adaptation of the beloved Mulan, however, seems to be stepping away from its animated material much more than previous films.

When it was announced that the live-action Mulan had chosen to do away with the songs, fans weren’t happy. However, as director Niki Caro explains it, there’s a very good and sensible reason for why the beloved songs, including “Reflection” and “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” didn’t fit into the film. Speaking to press at a Mulan footage presentation (via Digital Spy), Caro revealed why the classic songs didn’t make the cut.


“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 honor 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.”


It makes a lot of sense when in the context of war and whatnot. The live-action remake looks a lot more serious than the animated film and some things on the animated front don’t always translate to live-action very well. Still, I can honestly say that I will miss the songs, but I can always go back and watch the animated version for that anyway.

Mulan will hit theaters on March 27, 2020.


Mae covers movies and TV. You can follow her on Twitter.


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