The animated and live-action 'Mulan' movies are SO different and I'm feeling conflicted

Where's Mushu?? Where's Cricket???
The animated and live-action 'Mulan' movies are SO different and I'm feeling conflicted
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The live-action film for Mulan has finally been released in the UAE, and if you love Disney as much as we do, then you know why this is a *huge* deal. The latest live-action Disney film was originally meant to come out in cinemas earlier this year, but due to the mess that is 2020, it was postponed. However, as life is slowly (but surely) going back to some type of normal, cinemas have begun re-opening - AKA Mulan is *officially* available to watch in cinemas like VOX, Reel Cinemas, and if you don't feel like going out, the remake of the Disney classic can even be watched on Disney+

While this version of Mulan, starring actress Liu Yifei (aka Crystal Liu), tells the same story of the animated Mulan we all know and love. There are some major differences. (I know, my heart broke as well.) 

It's not a musical

Sadly, this 2020 version of Mulan doesn't include the same iconic songs that the animated movie does. AKA we're not gonna be able to sing-a-long to "WHOOOO IS THIS GIRL I SEE STARING STRAIGHT BACK AT ME," from Reflection. Although, the soundtrack for the live-action Mulan does have instrumental versions of those Disney tunes. Maybe we can just hum along? 

Mulan fights the Rourans, no the Huns

So, if you're an avid Disney fan (like me,) and you've watched Mulan countless times, you know that during the animation, the heroine fights the clan of the Huns. However, the live-action follows the 5-6th century story more closely, where Hua Mulan disguises herself as a man and takes her father’s place in the army, but fights the Rouran invaders. 

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There are waaaaayyyy more battle scenes 

The live-action remake of Mulan includes a lot more fighting sequences between the protagonist and her enemies. We get to see Liu Yifei look like a total badass, so I'm not mad at it!

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There are brand new villains

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While we know Shan Yu as the antagonist in Mulan, this 2020 version has brought us Böri Khan (Jason Scott Lee) and Xianniang (Gong Li,) much more well-rounded and complex characters for Disney. Producer Jason Reed told journalists that, “we wanted to have a female antagonist in the movie, as well as just having the male antagonist, so that we could explore female power in that society and in different ways and have different perspectives on it.”

Mulan's love interest, Li Shang, was replaced 

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Producer Jason Reed told Slash film, "particularly in the time of the #MeToo movement, having a commanding officer that is also the love interest was very uncomfortable and we didn’t think it was appropriate." However, there is a NEW fellow soldier, played by actor Yoson An, who's def vibing with Mulan. 

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Surprise! Mulan has a sister

The 1998 animated film Mulan tells a story where Mulan is actually an only child. But, the 2020 version features some sweet scenes between Mulan and her sister, according to Jason Reed, this "shows a contrast between a woman that is really going outside the normal boundaries and two different approaches to life but they’re both great sisters and friends but it shows the contrast between them. For me anyway, it helps illustrate what’s interesting and unique about Mulan." 

Mushu isn't in it

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Remember the adorable little red dragon that guided and protected Mulan in the animation? Yep, he hasn't made it to the live-action film. And neither has his trusty side-kick Cricket! As much as this breaks my heart, at least Mulan's horse is named Cricket in the 2020 remake. 

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We won't give too many spoilers on how the ending is sooo different, but don't worry, Mulan still saves the day! 

Cancel all your weekend plans because this is the film that you should be watching in cinemas.