Disney’s new live-action adaptation of Mulan may not be a film musical, however that doesn’t imply it’s with out music. The Niki Caro-directed movie, which dropped on Disney+ for “premium entry” this weekend, has a rating composed and performed by Harry Gregson-Williams that makes up a lot of the official Mulan soundtrack. Nevertheless, the movie soundtrack additionally options two variations of “Reflection,” a tune made well-known in America by Christina Aguilera for the soundtrack of the unique 1998 animated function. Twenty-two years later, Aguilera is singing one other rendition of “Reflection” for the movie’s soundtrack—considered one of two variations of the tune that seems on the 2020 soundtrack. (The opposite is a Mandarin-language model of the tune sung by Mulan star Liu Yifei.) The return of “Reflection” appears to be the principle exception to Disney‘s efforts to distance the brand new, live-action movie from the animated model as a method to talk to Chinese language audiences particularly that they don’t seem to be utilizing the 1998 model, which flopped in China the place it was criticized for being too westernized, as a template.
Whereas Disney’s recording of a number of variations of “Reflection” in many alternative languages might seem to be a contemporary enterprise mannequin, Disney’s distribution and advertising mannequin for the 1998 animated Mulan additionally included Asian audiences, as evidenced by its technique across the launch of singles and movies for “Reflection.” Along with the English-language model of the tune, Disney additionally recorded and launched a video for a Mandarin-language model of “Reflection,” sung by Coco Lee. Let’s check out the principle variations of Mulan‘s “Reflection,” each in 1998 and in 2020…
Mulan 1998 Soundtrack: Christina Aguilera’s “Reflection”
“Reflection” was initially written and produced by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel for the soundtrack of Disney’s 1998 animated movie Mulan. Within the movie, the tune is carried out by Filipina singer Lea Salonga, who’s chargeable for Fa Mulan’s singing voice within the film. (Salonga additionally voiced Jasmine’s singing in Aladdin.) Nevertheless, a single “pop” model of “Reflection,” carried out by 17-year-old Christina Aguilera, was additionally launched on the soundtrack for American audiences. The tune was Aguilera’s debut single, and the success of it might fund Aguilera’s self-titled debut album, which was launched in 1999.
Take a look at the unique “Reflection” music video, which options Aguilera, a white-passing Latinx girl, wandering across the China Pavilion at Epcot—a alternative.