Not a musical and no bisexual Shang?!?!
Okay lately it’s been really hard to find usual Mulan stuff to reblog because everyone is getting mad for the Disney’s upcoming Mulan liveaction, how it won’t be musical and *gasp* there won’t be bisexual icon Li Shang.
And some other complaits about director or something and really I haven’t paid enough attention to know enough about that. Note: I’m not referring to any discussion how there should be all asian cast, that thing is old as ages and there shouldn’t be anything to question about it. I’m talking about things that I have seen in last few days.
Everyone who follows me at least knows that I haven’t really posted anything on regards of the new live action except acknowledging it exist. Reason for that is that I don’t want to get my hopes too up and I plain don’t like waiting. That’s why I don’t particularly pay attention to it until it’s out and I can see it, and then decide if I like it or not. Only reason I even have the little information I have about the live action is thanks to @mulanxiaojie.
Anyway, what bothers me most in the current drama(and the parts where I actually know enough to say my own opinion about it) is that the casting calls have been out for months. The first time we knew there would be a guy Chen Honghui instead of Li Shang was in last November(or around that time). Couple months ago we got more casting call descriptions for more characters, here. It was pretty obvious already when they accounted Chen Honghui but at this point at least it should have been obvious that Disney’s live action won’t be remake of Disney’s animation. Characters are all different, I think only Mulan and Zhou even have the same names. Mulan has an elder sister, I can’t find Mushu or Granmother, there’s an instructor, general and shaman we have never heard of. Disney is making a live action based on the Ballad of Mulan, a new version, not remade of the animation.
Having said that I wouldn’t mind references to the animation like having little Cri Kee(in a way there were Jaq and Gus in live action Cinderella), or Ming-Na Wen making a cameo role(that would be amazing though), but reusing the same songs in the new Mulan that’s obviously not the animated Mulan? That doesn’t make sense, unless it’s like end credits song. Also, I don’t know if people have forgotten, but Mulan is a war film. You don’t easily turn that into a musical do you? Especially in live action(though there is quite a few chinese musicals about Mulan). I’m just hoping for epic soundtrack.
That was my main source of irritation, but I should add this: Shang isn’t canonically bisexual. I don’t mind if you think he is, that’s your business, but Disney hasn’t confirmed(nor denied) that. So that’s just a stupid whining about headcanon fact.
Sorry for the rant.