Not only was “Mulan” is expected to inspire families, children and parents to assemble in theaters that have gaps indefinitely. But Disney’s release seemed destined to attract a wide audience to a movie populated by an entirely Asian cast, unlike the ugly rhetoric unleashed by them labeling Covid-19 “Chinese viruses.” In fact, the film serves as a reminder of how far the studio itself has come from his problematic past in terms of representation and racial stereotypes.
The protagonist behaves heroically out of love and reverence for his father and actually put at risk to save him as well as it turns out her country. As emotions go, it’s not exactly “Spring Break or Bust” -etos.
Finally, while “Mulan” is often talked about in the context of the Disney princesses – originally a monochromatic group of Snow White, Cinderella and “Sleeping Beauty’s” Aurora – the film actually represented another step not only towards greater diversity among those characters, but in gender roles and. Mulan, after all, was the rescuer, not rescued, fighting against Hun invaders.
Released in 1998, the original “Mulan” came nearly a decade into a modern resurgence of Disney to produce animated hits, beginning with “The Little Mermaid”. There followed a five-year span of the Oscar-nominated “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and “The Lion King”.
Amid the creative and commercial hot line, trying Disney also correct a rather dismal history when it comes to race in his films. The different joints included “Aladdin” and “Pocahontas”, followed later by “The Princess and the Frog.”
For all the admirable elements, including the feminist heroine and catchy songs, “Mulan” had its naysayers, and there were some questionable decisions, including casting Miguel Ferrer, Harvey Fierstein and Donny Osmond votes Asian characters.
“Mulan was the only Disney princess who looked like me, and she argued with me,” wrote the reporter Shannon Liao, who has since joined CNN Business.
The audience will see the film eventually and have the opportunity to judge for themselves. But good, bad or somewhere in between, there are reasons to look forward to that day – and the welcome aspects of its release that, yes, should at least give us some glory.