The new 2020 live action Mulan featured many departures from the 1998 animated version, but one stands out. Her trusty dragon friend, Mushu, has been axed, to the dismay of many fans. Mushu added a dash of comic relief to this children’s war film and filmmakers wanted a more serious tone for the live action reboot. Read more... “Why You Miss Mushu So Much in the New Mulan”
Monthly Archives: September 2020
Four Secrets Allusions to The Ballad of Mulan in the Live Action Remake
Both the 1998 animated Mulan and the recent live-action remake draw from an ancient Chinese poem entitled The Ballad of Mulan. This poem is not as well-known to audiences as the European texts that serve as fairy tale fodder for other movies. Read more... “Four Secrets Allusions to The Ballad of Mulan in the Live Action Remake”
Why Mulan Can’t Empower Other Women
The recent release of the live action Mulan has generated a buzz on whether this new film’s plot and character changes constitute a step forward or a step back for women.
Filmmakers made the controversial decision of cleaving Li Shang’s character in two. Read more... “Why Mulan Can’t Empower Other Women”