Disney has finally decided what to do with Mulan - it's going to be available to purchase for Disney+ subscribers! After the movie's release was ditched due to the COVID-19 pandemic and theaters being closed, they decided that it should become available for the platform's subscribers instead.
The whole situation is a bit confusing since this is the first time after the Disney+ launch in November that Disney is doing this. We're actually pretty sure folks at Disney are also pretty confused themselves, considering they're asking people to buy the movie rather than offer it with the subscription. But we'll get to that in a minute.
When Will Mulan Be Available on Disney Plus?
According to Disney's announcement, the movie will become available to buy on September 4th.
The production had its Hollywood premiere back on March 9th, and it was then scheduled for a regular, theatrical release around the same time. Suddenly, the pandemic hit, theaters got closed, and the release was delayed multiple times, as Disney held hope things would go back to normal.
In the United States, the release will be strictly on Disney+. Still, the plan is to hold theatrical releases in countries where the platform hasn't launched yet and where theaters have reopened - a fairly short list.
Who's Part of the Mulan 2020 Cast?
This new Mulan film is based on the "The Ballad of Mulan," a Chinese folklore tale, as well as the 1998 animated film with the same name.
The film was directed by Niki Caro, while Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Lauren Hynek, and Elizabeth Martin sign the screenplay.
- Mulan - Yifei Liu
- Commander Tung - Donnie Yen
- Xianniang - Li Gong
- Emperor - Jet Li
- Bori Khan - Jason Scott Lee
- Honghui - Yoson An
- Zhou - Tzi Ma
- Hua Li - Rosalind Chao
Is Mulan Surrounded by Controversy?
The movie has been under intense scrutiny, especially since Hollywood is often accused of whitewashing - which means that white actors were cast in roles that were not supposed to be white, like Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell, or Tilda Swinton in Doctor Strange. This time around, it seems Disney did things right, with a full Asian cast, as it is supposed to be.
However, while they may have gotten this part right, there are still controversies surrounding the movie. Many people are boycotting Mulan after Liu Yifei, the film's star, expressed support for the Hong Kong police on her social media accounts.
If you weren't aware, for over a year, protests have taken over Hong Kong as pro-democracy groups opposed the Fugitive Offenders amendment bill, which would allow for criminal extraditions to mainland China.
Due to the posts Yifei made, Disney fans are boycotting Mulan as they see her as aligning with the Chinese Communist Party and the anti-Hong Kong movement.
Is the Mulan Trailer Here?
Yes! The Mulan trailer has been around for a while, especially since the premiere was scheduled to take place back in spring.
You can check a couple of them below! You'll see the start of Mulan's journey, some pretty cool fighting scenes, and more.
How Much Does Mulan on Disney Plus Cost?
On Disney Plus, you subscribe to the platform and get access to everything they have in there - original shows, old-time Disney movies and shows, and so on.
With Mulan, Disney Plus is switching things up and will offer the movie to subscribers for a cool $29.99. The movie isn't rented, like other similar deals. In fact, as long as you have a Disney Plus subscription, you can watch Mulan as often as you want to, as it will be available in your library.
The price is certainly steeper than you're accustomed to when renting movies, but Disney is reasoning that you're going to keep this movie for a long time, watch it a million times with your whole family.
If you were to go out to the theater with your family to watch the movie, you'd spend a lot more on everything from tickets, popcorn, soda, and so on.
Who Can Watch Mulan on Disney Plus?
If you're in a country where Disney Plus is available, and you have an active subscription, you can purchase Mulan as soon as it's out. Obviously, the price will vary depending on your local currency.
Here's How You Can Watch Mulan on Disney Plus Starting on September 4th, 2020
Getting Mulan isn't going to be too difficult, but it's going to take a few steps. You should know the monthly cost runs at $6.99, while the yearly plan sits at $69.99. Alternatively, you can choose the bundle that includes Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for $12.99 per month.
- First up, if you're not subscribed to Disney Plus, you'll need to start there.
- Fill in your email address and set up a password.
- Copy in your card details so they can charge you and you can begin your subscription.
- Once the movie is available, you'll get to add it to your subscription and pay for it as a one-time deal.
Will Disney Release Mulan in Theatres Where Disney+ Isn't Available?
Disney Plus is expanding rapidly, but it still has a long way before it is available worldwide.
That being said, in countries where the platform hasn't yet launched and where theaters have opened, the movie will get a theatrical release. China, for instance, makes it on that list.
Why Did Disney Delay the Mulan Film's Release Three Times Since March?
Mulan is a movie that got multiple delays. Although it was originally supposed to be ready back in 2018, it got pushed back to 2020. Then, on March 9th, 2020, Disney held a premiere event at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. The premiere for everyone else was supposed to be March 27th.
The pandemic hit hard in mid-March, so that date was scrapped and replaced with July 24th. That got nixed too and pushed back to August 21st. When Disney realized that theaters are not going to open anytime soon due to the risk of the spread of COVID-19, they decided to cancel the theatrical release in the United States entirely.
Does Disney Have a Plan to Bypass Theater Releases in the Future?
No, that does not seem to be the plan. Of course, it all depends on when the pandemic will be reigned in and how long it will be before we get more freedom of movement. As of now, the situation isn't looking great.
"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," said Disney CEO Bob Chapek about the decision to release Mulan on Disney+.
Therefore, it simply remains to be seen how the pandemic will evolve from here and when (or if) things will go back to normal.
What Do People Think of Paying $30 to Watch Mulan on Top of the Disney+ Subscription Fee?
Well, the opinions are split on whether paying $30 to watch Mulan is too much or too little. Some people feel that if they had gone to the movies, they'd have spent a lot more, so they're happy with the sum.
On the other hand, others believe it's entirely too much to pay for a film they consider to be a rental.
Nope, that price is too much. It's not about the cost of going to the movies.
If I'm *already paying* a subscription for Disney+, I shouldn't pay for an additional rental on their service. Much less at that price.
So technically, that Mulan movie is $36.99 (rental+sub).
— Rika (@BeastmasterRika) August 5, 2020
Don't know if #Mulan is good film,but decision to go straight to @disneyplus (for $29.99) is isolationist. @disney is 1 of world's richest film companies. It should see that it's part of bigger film community.
Cinemas helped create Disney wealth.They now need films like Mulan.
— mark cousins (@markcousinsfilm) August 5, 2020
Many others are pointing out that the movie will likely become available to watch without a premium fee some months later.
Yes, Mulan is PVOD at $30, but still - how many will pay? Will people wait to see if they can watch for free later? 6.6 million accounts would need to rent Mulan to equal the budget. Will theatrical runs overseas where they don’t have Disney+ also be substantial? Who knows? pic.twitter.com/PXPBvwSCvx
— Dan Murrell (@MurrellDan) August 4, 2020