(Revisiting the Renaissance is a bi-weekly series in which Josh Spiegel looks back at the history and making of the 13 films of the Disney Renaissance, released between 1986 and 1999. In today’s column, he discusses the 1998 film Mulan.)
Walt Disney Animation Studios had come a long way in just over a decade. In the middle of the 1980s, they were on death’s door, with all their hopes pinned on a low-budget adaptation of a Sherlock Holmes-style mystery for children. By 1998, the studio was approaching the tail end of the Disney Renaissance and a coming downswing. Financially, the studio’s last two films had been mild successes, which would have been all well and good had The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Hercules not arrived in theaters after the game-changing hits Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King.
As the decade wound to a close, Disney tried once again, for the third time in six years, to depict a culture of color in the hopes of turning it into a hit. And for the third consecutive summer, their event-level animated release was met with just mild success — though some ardent Mulan fans online might tell you differently about the 1998 action-adventure. Read More »
Just when you thought you’d gotten jaded with the slew of Disney live-action remakes, the House of Mouse rolls out Mulan, which sets itself apart from the crowd of shot-for-shot nostalgia grabs by giving us a stylish, non-musical adaptation of the famous Chinese legend. Liu Yifei stars in the film as Hua Mulan, a young woman who disguises herself as a man in order to take her father’s place in the Imperial Army.
The first trailer for Mulan teased a brooding, beautiful take on the 1998 animated classic, but new footage from D23 gives us a longer look at the highly anticipated remake directed by Niki Caro. Read our Mulan footage reaction below.
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Fall is nearly upon us, and while the colder weather outside will have you wanting to curl up on your couch to watch your favorite movies and TV shows, you might want to get a jump on certain titles before they leave Netflix next month. The next purge of titles on the streaming service isn’t taking away a ton of amazing titles, but there are still some modern hits, a few Disney animated favorites, one of the best sketch comedy shows in recent memory, and one of Stanley Kubrick‘s finest leaving the library.
Get the full list of TV shows and movies leaving Netflix in September 2019 below. Read More »
(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: Mulan looks like the better approach for future Disney live-action remakes.)
I spend a lot of time going to bat for reboots, remakes, and relaunches. When done well, they bring a whole new wave of excited viewers to a property. They’re also pretty critical for keeping franchises alive. Yeah, we all have that purist friend who looks down their nose at anything that’s even close to a spin on something they loved growing up, but they’re super gatekeepy and we all avoid talking to them for a reason. Folks like that also get to enjoy all of the things that a new wave of fans help provide, like new merch, conversations, and renewed interest from old fans.
But what happens when the idea of a remake gets a little too literal? In the first trailer, Disney elected to do almost shot-for-shot remake of a key scene The Lion King. Now, it’s easy to see what they were going for. The original film is universally beloved and considered pretty close to perfect by a lot of fans. Don’t mess with perfection, right? Thing is, you probably just shouldn’t bother remaking the movie if that’s going to be the case. Heck, just re-release the original as a cinematic event and save yourself a few boatloads of cash!
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Disney’s remake of Aladdin just recently crossed the $900 million mark at the worldwide box office, making it only the sixth live-action Disney film to cross that major milestone. So there’s no better time to keep the hype train going than by teasing the next remake of one of their beloved animated classics.
Mulan is based on the 1998 feature animated action adventure inspired by one of China’s most popular folktales. The film follows a young woman who masquerades as a man to take her father’s place in the Imperial Army, and now that story is getting the live-action reboot treatment. However, don’t expect the musical part of the original movie to make a comeback this time.
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Easily one of the most memorable scenes from Ralph Breaks the Internet (and the entirety of movies in 2018) is when the little candy racer Vanellope von Schweetz meets a whole bunch of Disney’s most famous princesses. And now you (and your kids) can recreate the scene at home thanks to a huge new doll set featuring all of the Disney princesses in their casual wear from the movie. Check out the amazing Ralph Breaks the Internet Disney princess doll set below. Read More »
In this edition of Casting Bits:
- Benicio del Toro is set to star in Oliver Stone‘s next drama, White Lies.
- Mark Hamill joins Knightfall as it’s renewed for season 2.
- Disney’s live-action Mulan remake adds Jimmy Wong and Doua Moua.
- Roland Emmerich‘s Midway enlists Patrick Wilson, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Tadanobu Asano, and Keean Johnson.
- Jesse Plemons to co-star with Keri Russell in Scott Cooper‘s Antlers.
- Patton Oswalt joins Disney’s live-action Kim Possible movie.
- Joel Kinnaman joins Ron Moore’s space drama at Apple.
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Update: Director Niki Caro has revealed a stunning shot from the set of the film and you can check it out below.
Disney is getting down to business with a live-action remake of Mulan, the 1998 animated film about the folktale of the female Chinese warrior who goes undercover in the Imperial Army by posing as a man and fights against invading forces. To mark the start of production, the studio has unveiled a Mulan first look photo of actress Liu Yifei in the title role, which you can see below.
But there’s some unfortunate news as well. Disney’s press release seems to confirm what many diehard fans of the animated original have long feared: it appears that this version will not be a musical. Read More »
Cool Posts From Around the Web:
One of the most highly anticipated moments in Ralph Breaks the Internet is the scene where the Disney princesses of the House of Mouse meet the modern gamer girl, Vanellope (Sarah Silverman). More than just a glorified cameo, the scene brings back the majority of the original voice actresses and shows our favorite princesses in a new light.
But what do the princesses get up to when they’re not wielding glass slippers as weapons? Apparently, they love to lounge about in casual wear just like us. And we have been blessed with a first look at the brand new outfits that the princesses wear in their downtime.
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A former Disney hero will soon become the next Disney villain. Jason Scott Lee, who played Mowgli in the 1994 The Jungle Book, has been cast as a villain in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan.
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