Internet people: Disney live action movies are just shot for shot remakes!
Disney: Ok guys for Mulan we are taking everything that made the cartoon great out! No songs, no talking dragons or crickets!
Internet people: Hey! Where’s all the songs and the Eddie Murphy dragon?!?
Mulan is a 2020 American action drama film produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1998 animated film of the same name, based on the Chinese folklore “The Ballad of Mulan“. The film stars Yifei Liu in the title role, alongside Donnie Yen, Tzi Ma, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Ron Yuan, Gong Li, and Jet Li in supporting roles. It is directed by Niki Caro, with screenplay by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Lauren Hynek, and Elizabeth Martin.
Variety estimated Mulan would need to be rented by about 8.4 million subscribers (13.8%) in order to break-even. On the weekend of the film’s release, the Disney+ app was downloaded 68% more than the past weeks’ total, similar to the 72% spike upon Hamilton‘s release that July.Following the film’s opening weekend, Business Insider reported it had been viewed by 1.12 million households (only including users renting with TV-connected devices), which would result in $33.5 million in sales for Disney.Deadline Hollywood reported that industry sources with knowledge of the situation “are figuring that Disney may not have earned great presales” and that they could put Mulan on a third party service like Amazon Prime or Google Play before the December release.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 75% based on 264 reviews, with an average rating of 6.85/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “It could have told its classic story with greater depth, but the live-action Mulan is a visual marvel that serves as a stirring update to its animated predecessor.”