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I’ve been pretty back and forth on Disney’s live-action remakes—their quality, their artistic choices, whether they need to exist, etc etc—but I’m delighted to report that the footage from Mulan shown at Disney D23 presentation whips all kinds of words I can’t use in a Disney article. While it looks like the studio wasn’t quite ready to release the new footage online, Collider was in the room to see director Niki Caro‘s live-action take on the animated classic.
First of all, this is absolutely going to be a movie for fans of costuming and production design; everything here looks gorgeous, and anyone obsessed with period clothing is going to lose it. The footage we saw opened with a dazzling montage of Mulan (Yifei Liu) getting decked out in traditional dress and paint that sets the tone for a character tied up by societal standards. “This is my sad face. My curious face. Now I’m confused,” Mulan jokers with her sister (Xana Tang), unable to move her face from the paint.
Mulan - Matchmaker - Mother - Wife - Husband
Mulan then gets taken to a matchmaker by her mother. “A wife serves her husband, she must be silent, she must be invisible,” the matchmaker says as a spider crawls beneath the teapot on the table. The spider reveal sends cups and pots slo-mo flying into the air, but...
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