If you are a fan of classic Disney movies, you might have heard that Mulan, the 1998 animated musical action film, is going to be remade into a live-action movie with the same title. The film was originally announced back in March 2015, and was confirmed by Disney in October of 2016, with a release date set for November 2018. However, at the 2017 Disney Fan Club Expo is was announced that Mulan has been delayed and pushed from its original release to December 2019. 🙁
Like the 1998 animated film, the live-action movie is going to be based on the ancient Chinese legend of Hua Mulan (6th century, Northern and Southern Dynasties period). Mulan is the daughter of an aged warrior who disguises herself as a man in order to take her father’s place in the army and go to war during China’s invasion. She becomes a skilled warrior, and one of the country’s greatest heroines. In the original story, she fights for twelve years and gains high merit, but she refuses any reward and retires to her hometown instead.
LEGO fans have been expecting that Mulan will eventually show up in the LEGO Disney line, as she is one of the major Disney Princess characters. However, with the live-action movie delayed until the end of 2019, it made sense that any related LEGO sets will become available around the same time. So, I was surprised to see a short animation LEGO released a few days ago on their YouTube channel, retelling the story of Mulan in LEGO (see below).
Simple and sweet storytelling, isn’t it? While the characters in the story are mostly cardboard cutouts, Mulan herself is a real mini-doll. Notice that her long hair at the beginning looks exactly the same as Martina’s from the #41313 LEGO Friends Heartlake Summer Pool that was released earlier this year. Does the sort film mean that perhaps we will get LEGO Friends sets with Mulan earlier than expected? That would be awesome!
Just to recap, from the eleven Disney Princesses, LEGO released eight so far: Snow White (mini-doll and DUPLO figure), Cinderella (several mini-doll versions, and DUPLO figure), Aurora (mini-doll and DUPLO figure), Ariel (mini-doll, DUPLO, and regular minifig versions), Belle (mini-doll), Jasmine (mini-doll), Rapunzel (mini-doll), and Merida (mini-doll). And we are still missing Pocahontas, Mulan, and Tiana. However with Mulan on the horizon, it looks like we might eventually get all of them!
While we are waiting to see any other news about Mulan, remember that there are a couple of cute LEGO Disney Princess sets that were released just last month; the #41145 LEGO Disney Ariel and the Magical Spell, and #41146 LEGO Disney Cinderella’s Enchanted Evening. You can find them both under the LEGO Disney section of the Online LEGO Shop.
What do you think? Are you excited for the Mulan live-action movie? And would you like to see Mulan in LEGO form? What setting you think would go well with her character in a LEGO set? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉
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