As excitement builds around the announcement of the latest Disney live-action remake, The Little Mermaid, another follows. Mulan is coming in 2020, and the first trailer dropped on July 7, causing some fans to complain about a few missing elements.
Some of the highlights of the animated story were the wise-cracking dragon Mushu plus iconic musical numbers such as "Reflection" and "I'll Make a Man Out of You." But rumors circulating around the film's production hint that Mushu and the musical numbers have been erased. Now that the trailer has dropped, it appears those rumors have been confirmed.
From the trailer, it's clear that the movie takes on a more serious tone and focuses on Mulan's abilities in war as opposed to light-hearted elements such as the animal sidekicks. Fans of the 1998 Disney classic have expressed outrage at the omission, while others are glad that the film is taking on an even more feminist approach.
The trailer has an entirely new tone to it, but fans can still hear the iconic music as instrumental songs featured in the background.
As opposed to the music being typical song-and-dance numbers, it will instead be featured as an instrumental score placed behind the action sequences and scenes. The plot remains relatively the same: Mulan is preparing for an arranged marriage, and then takes her elderly father's place in war. The movie trailer does provide homage to the original through lines like, "I will bring honor to us all."
The film will be released in spring 2020, but some reports suggest that March 27 is a likely date.