Disney's Mulan remake will reportedly replace fan-favorite Mushu with a phoenix. Additionally, it doesn't look like the classic songs from the original will have vocals on them. Mushu is a Chinese dragon, the self-appointed guardian of Fa Mulan, and the deuteragonist of the animated classic. He is known for his fast-talking, self-absorbed ways and he was voiced by comedian Eddie Murphy in the original 1998 movie. Throughout the years, the character has gained more popularity, so there may be some backlash for leaving him behind this time around. Mark Moseley has voiced the character in all subsequent appearances.
No reasoning has been given behind the alleged replacement of Mushu in the Mulan remake, nor has it been officially confirmed by anyone at Disney. Adding to the Mushu news is the fact that crew members have been spotted wearing jackets with a phoenix on them, deviating away from the dragon design. It is possible that Mushu could be a phoenix for the movie and retain the name and characteristics. We'll just have to wait and see when the movie finally hits theaters early next year.
As for the songs, director Niki Caro revealed back in 2017 that the remake was going to be a "girly martial arts" movie. Additionally, at the time, Caro said there was no music involved, so this recent bit of news seems to fit in with what Disney and Caro had in mind all along. A grittier take on the source material could make for an excellent decision on the part of the studio and director and it will certainly set Mulan apart from Disney's other recent remakes to hit the big screen.
It is believed the classic songs from Mulan will be in the movie, but just in instrumental form. This sounds like great news for people who aren't fans of musicals, but it could prove to be a problem for Disney fans who love and grew up with the animated original movie. The remake will reportedly be waiting on test screenings to see how the reactions are to the lack of singing, along with the replacement of Mushu. With that being said, the movie has already been delayed and those are some huge things to go back and change.
Mulan stars Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Ron Yuan, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao, Cheng Pei-Pei, Nelson Lee, Chum Ehelepola, Donnie Yen, Jet Li, and Gong Li. The remake will hit theaters on March 27th, 2020. Disney fans have been waiting a long time to see the movie and there have been a lot of ups and downs behind-the-scenes. However, it looks like things are moving forward, albeit with some major changes to the source material. If Mushu is really gone, will the fans be okay with the Mulan remake? This news was first reported by The Dis Insider.