MULAN (2020) Bypasses Theaters, to Hit Disney+ This September

Photo via MULAN (2020) movie poster

MULAN (2020) Bypasses Theaters, to Hit Disney+ This September

By Tess Farrand, Associate Content Editor

Disney just announced that the long-awaited (no really, like since March) live-action MULAN will debut on Disney+ this September, completely bypassing theaters.

MULAN will be the first “Premiere Access” movie that will cost subscribers $29.99. Disney’s CEO Bob Chapek added that the goal of Disney’s premiere access would be to acquire new subscribers, too.

“We’re looking at ‘Mulan’ as a one-off, as opposed to saying there’s some new business windowing model that we’re looking at,” Chapek said.

MULAN’s move to streaming comes after months of delayed theatrical release plans, thanks to the coronavirus. The movie was initially set to hit theaters in March.

At the first news of MULAN’s delayed release, director Niki Caro posted a statement to her Instagram.

Caro said, “We are so excited to share this film with the world, but given the current ever-shifting circumstances we are all experiencing, unfortunately, we have to postpone the worldwide release of MULAN for now. Our hearts are with everyone the world over who is affected by this virus, and we hope that Mulan’s fighting spirit will continue to inspire those who are working so hard to keep us all safe.”

Though the movie will soon be available on Disney+, which contains a significant amount of family-friendly content, this does not mean the movie will be appropriate for children.

MULAN (2020) is rated PG-13 and appears to contain significant cautions even in the trailer, including violence, witchcraft and additional occult elements.

Furthermore, previous media reports indicate the live-action movie will not contain some of the light-hearted characters of the cartoon, nor will it contain the catchy music.

It can be expected that 2020 rendition will contain similar Movieguide® cautions as the original:

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.

Furthermore, previous reports indicate the new MULAN contains some elements of homoeroticism.

Please check back to movieguide.org closer to Sept. 4 for the full review.

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