Disney’s Live-Action MULAN Gets PG-13 Rating From the MPAA

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Disney’s Live-Action MULAN Gets PG-13 Rating

By Allyson Vannatta, Staff Writer

The Motion Picture Association of America gave Disney’s live-action remake MULAN a PG-13 rating due to “sequences of violence,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

MULAN is the first live-action remake of the vaulted Disney classics to receive a rating above PG.

It is also the first title since Disney’s PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES to receive a PG-13 rating.

As seen in the trailers, MULAN looks to stray from its original musical roots and move towards more of a “fantasy war epic,” said the Hollywood Reporter. The trailer depicts the villain working side-by-side with a witch.

The PG-13 rating might be an indication to families that this remake could stray from Disney’s standard live-action family-friendly values and cater to an older audience.

MULAN may have other cautions, as well.

According to Movieguide®’s review of the original cartoon: 

MULAN clearly has a strong moral worldview that upholds the importance of family, courage, self-sacrifice, responsibility, honor, freedom, and country. It also demonstrates the value of honoring one’s parents, one of God’s most holy commandments in the Bible. Furthermore, it shows the need that a daughter has for her father’s blessing. There need to be more movies presenting such traditional values in high-quality stories.

Regrettably, the creative team at Disney felt the need to push the theological envelope by including scenes of ancestor worship and spirits of dead people coming alive. They don’t stop there, however. They also include two lines that mock those of us who are concerned about modern society’s acceptance of cross-dressing and other similar perversions that undermine the traditional values of the Bible. Moreover, at one point in the movie, Mulan’s three soldier buddies dress up as women in order to fool some Hun guards. The depiction of their characters doing this, especially their facial features, is done in such a way that it seems to deliberately evoke the drag queens of the homosexual advocacy movement. …

Those biblical values are based on God’s Law of Love, and Mulan’s posing as a man may be acceptable because she does it in a military situation in order to fulfill a higher moral law — saving the life of her father, just as God commended Judith and Esther who both dressed as men in military situations to fulfill a higher purpose. However, that does not give Disney the right to include a homosexual subtext that condones cross-dressing, especially in its films for children.

God’s Law of True Love also condemns ancestor worship. God forbids consulting the dead in Deuteronomy. 18:11, although that does not mean that Christians should never give honor to our dead ancestors. The Apostle Paul himself gives honor to his Jewish forbears in Chapters Four and Nine of Romans.

Finally, God’s Law of True Love rejects the idea of the “ghosts” or “spirits” of people coming to life on earth. The only spirit Jesus Christ wants to live in His disciples is the Holy Spirit, the righteous counselor and comforter who teaches all things and expresses spiritual truths in understandable spiritual words (John 14:26 and 1 Cor. 2:13).

Movieguide® advises audiences to check back soon for a review of the upcoming classic to see if the movie would be good fit for your family.

MULAN hits theaters March 27, 2020.

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