More than 2o years ago, Christina Aguilera performed the soaring ballad “Reflection,” written by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel for the soundtrack of Disney’s 1998 animated film Mulan, kickstarting her pop music career. “Reflection” was that rare Disney song to reflect contemporary pop sensibilities as well as being a damn good song, and deservedly went on to icon status. Now it seems Aguilera and Disney want to repeat the success of “Reflection” (for which Aguilera also recorded a new version) with the new original song “Loyal Brave True,” created for Niki Caro‘s live-action Mulan remake. See Aguilera perform “Loyal Brave True” in a Mulan music video directed by none other than Caro herself.
Mulan Music Video: Loyal Brave True
How do you follow up an iconic song like “Reflection”? Well, you can’t really, but Aguilera tries her dardnest in the Mulan music video for “Loyal Brave True,” emoting and putting her full body into the performance of the original song written by Jamie Hartman, Harry Gregson-Williams, Rosi Golan and Billy Crabtree, and produced by Jamie Hartman. I can’t say the more subdued ballad holds a candle to the classic “Reflection,” but I can’t blame Disney for really trying to win that Best Original Song Oscar with every live-action remake.
For those worrying about the lack of “Reflection,” don’t worry. Aguilera also performs a newly-recorded version for the film, which will also be featured in the Mulan soundtrack, coming out this September. Music from both songs is featured in composer Harry Gregson Williams’ underscore with Aguilera’s full-length versions appearing in the film’s custom main-on-end title design.
Williams’ score and Aguilera’s two songs will appear on the Mulan soundtrack, set for release on September 4, 2020, the same day the film will debut exclusively on Disney+ with Premiere Access (with a Disney+ subscription and additional fee).
Acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro brings the epic tale of China’s legendary warrior to life in Disney’s “Mulan,” in which a fearless young woman risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known. When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.
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August 14, 2020