Safe to say, Disney are doing pretty well with their recent spate of live-action remakes. Yesterday the updated version of Beauty And The Beast was released to popular acclaim. Having seen it ourselves this afternoon, we can certainly say that it lived up to the hype.
In addition we've had some great remakes over the past few years including the excellent Cinderella, Maleficent, and The Jungle Book. But with those three in particular, we did notice that something was missing: the songs we knew and loved.
Cinderella and Maleficent dispensed with the singing altogether and The Jungle Book cut things down to only three songs, one of which was pretty much spoken word with a few drums in the background.
Meanwhile, Beauty And The Beast has included all of the original songs as well as a few new musical numbers, something that hasn't happened in any of the other live action films so far.
So will Beauty And The Beast be setting a new standard for Disney's live action efforts? Well, apparently not. According to the film's director Niki Caro, who spoke to Moviefone we shouldn't expect to see any musical numbers in her film:
Yes, from what I understand, no songs right now, much to the horror of my children.
Niki's comments echo those of Sean Bailey, president of Motion Picture Production at Disney. In an interview with Vulture, he claimed that Disney were aiming for a more serious story to empower young women:
Mulan is clearly an empowered-female story but we can also do something new in this reimagining, make it a little more muscular, stronger, with touch of Ridley Scott.
Oh snap. That'll mean that no 'I'll Make a Man Out of You' and no 'Reflection'! Say it ain't so, Disney!
To be fair, Emma Watson's singing ability has been one of the most criticised elements of Beauty And The Beast so we can see why Disney would choose to focus on casting the best actors for the role, regardless of singing ability, rather than trying to force actors to sing badly.
And Disney have already affirmed that they're going to be hiring an all-Asian cast for the film, rather than trying to shoehorn white stars into the film unnecessarily, so there's reason to believe Disney knows what they're doing.
Still, fans are already outraged that songs won't be included:
What do you think? Can Mulan work without the songs or are they an integral part of the film?
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