There is no doubt that Disney has found the formula for creating successful live action remakes of our favorite classic animated films. They have done a fantastic job with stories like Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast. Part of what is making these films great is how the film makers have made sure to include a lot of favorite moments and songs from the animated films, which for a lot of us bring back great childhood memories that we can now share with our kids. Of course, some of the new material added to the films has also been really helpful at filling in plot holes that were probably over looked the first time around.
Recently in an interview for Moviefone.com Niki Caro, director for the upcoming live action Disney Mulan film, was quoted saying “from what I understand, no songs right now, much to the horror of my children”. This of course immediately set off a negative reaction all over social media, as fans of the original film saw articles all over claiming that Mulan would not include any of the original songs that made the film great.
On Tuesday with an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Niki Caro cleared up her statement about the inclusion of songs in the film. She goes on to say that she doesn’t know where the confirmation that there are no songs in the movie came from, that all talks have been preliminary and that she hasn’t even started working on the film. One thing is for sure and that is that at least now Caro and the rest of the production team for Mulan have a clear idea of how important the inclusion of songs are for fans of Mulan. At this point with the success the other films have had with the inclusion of original tunes, it would be a terrible idea deviate from that formula now. I feel like the classic songs are almost expected by audiences.
For a film like Mulan, the songs are really what make the film great. In fact when the film was released in 1998 the film had been nominated for an Oscar in the category of original musical or comedy score. I cannot imagine a Mulan live action remake without songs like “Honor to Us All”, “Reflection”, “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” and of course “A Girl Worth Fighting For”. Think about this for a moment, how would it have changed the film if Beauty and the Beast did no include “Be Our Guest” and “Tale as Old as Time” for example. All of a sudden it would lose that Disney feel that we have been used to for many years and in my opinion would not be a true Disney remake.
Overall even if Caro’s words got twisted a bit or she just miss spoke in the first interview. I am glad the rumor got out so that the production team for Mulan are aware of the fact that fans of the film are out there and are very passionate about how the film is made. For them this is no doubt a film worth fighting for.
Would it be a big deal for you if songs are not included in Disney live action remakes?
Mulan is scheduled to be released November 2018.