The basic premise is the same: A young woman named Mulan pretends to be a man to enter the army and save her father. But director Niki Caro says her version probably won't feature any songs and is inspired by the original Chinese ballad as well as the movie musical. The best live-action Disney remakes are the ones that most closely follow the original.
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Disney has released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming live-action take on Mulan , which will be released on 27 March, Directed by Niki Caro and starring Liu Yifei in the title role , the remake is set to be one of the Mouse House's biggest offerings of next year, with the aim of making it very big in China in particular.
The animated version wasn't one of Disney's biggest hits of the 90s, but it has developed a strong fan base in the years following its release. Because of that, there are some key differences to the animated movie in the Mulan remake trailer, but viewers will still find plenty of similarities between them as well.
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Start now Mulan Enters On Horseback The Mulan live-action trailer opens up with a sweeping shot of Mulan riding her horse, which immediately gives this a more epic scope than the animated version. There we do see Mulan riding home on horseback as well, but it's played as more of a humorous moment.
The Mulan is seemingly taking a more serious approach to its material. The Village Sticking on that note, we get to see this shot of Mulan's home village in the live-action Mulan trailer, which looks very detailed even from a distance.
There are some splashes of color alongside the wooden buildings, and it looks like they've taken the opportunity to jazz the place up.
In the original Mulan, while it's not drastically different, it does have a more simplistic design. Again, we can see that more attention has been paid to the costume work here, with the green-and-gold looking more traditional and detailed than what we saw in the animated Mulan.
The hairstyle remains the same, but this version of Mulan's father is lacking the distinctive if simplistic facial hair, and again his costume looks a little more detailed.
As in the original, Mulan's father will be a war veteran who is called back into service despite his ill health, leading to his daughter taking his place. Honor To Us All Disney's live-action Mulan remake controversially isn't a musical , which means none of the classic songs are properly heard in the trailer.
We do, however, get to hear Mulan say she will "bring honor to us all", leading to this makeover style sequence that has strong echoes of the "Honor To Us All" scene from the original. Reflections Again, there aren't any performed songs in Disney's live-action Mulan, but there are a couple of nods to one of the original's biggest numbers, "Reflections".
A couple of bars from the song can be heard just over 20 seconds in, and then there's this visual parallel.
The context is different - in the live-action version, Mulan is training, while in the original she's thinking about how she'll let her family down - but it's a very similar look if nothing else.
Mulan's Makeover Is Complete We hear that a match has been found for Mulan, which leads to the makeover scene we saw earlier. Now we get to see that makeover being complete, with Mulan given very traditional make-up and clothing.
In the animated Mulan, her face is simply coated in make-up with red cheeks, and then a more simple dress too.
In both, though, Mulan doesn't look too impressed at the end results. Matchmaker We don't get to see much of the matchmaker sequence in the trailer for Disney's live-action Mulan remake, but this shot, with Mulan spinning around in a dress with flowing sleeves, does at least feel like a reference to it, thanks to this similar shot in the animated movie.
Training For Battle The army training sequence is arguably the most iconic scene in the Mulan movie. Still, the training sequence itself looks impressive in Disney's live-action Mulan trailer, albeit it's another scene that looks much more grounded.
There are a couple of mountains in the background, but other than that there isn't much to it. That's contrasted by the animated version, which features a much more dramatic setting and looks a lot brighter too. She fires off a couple of arrows in quick succession, and is clearly adept at doing so.
There are a couple of moments in the original Mulan where she wields a bow, but it's a particularly fun contrast to this shot, where she looks rather more confused by it all.
The Avalanche The avalanche sequence is another great one from the original Mulan, so it's good to see that it's being included in the live-action Mulan too. The avalanche comes when the Huns attack, and Mulan uses a cannon to trap them in the snow, which is a sign of her being clever as well as skilled in combat.
It appears as though this is one of the scenes that's going to be very faithfully adapted from the animated movie. Although Shan Yu reportedly isn't in the live-action Mulan remake, the trailer does show a falcon which is his bird and we see Mulan on the rooftops, so we're going to be getting some version of this scene.
Again, the Disney remake 's setting looks much more traditional, and less fantastical or Disney-fied. We see her showing her skill with a sword, and also dodging a number of attacks too. Although not an exact parallel, it calls to mind the moment from the animated Mulan where she blocks a sword with a fan.
It's also worth pointing out at this stage Mulan's dress, which is an elegant red rather than the more muted blues of the original.
It's not only very evocative, but perhaps a small nod to Mushu. The Swordfight The live-action Mulan trailer ends with Mulan seemingly set for a final showdown with the villain.
In the original, this is her fight against Shan Yu on the rooftops, and there's a similar tone in Disney's remake.