Mulan director Niki Caro has revealed why Mushu the dragon was left out of the upcoming live-action Disney remake.
Disney has been making boatloads of money on the various live-action remakes of their classic animated films, with Aladdin, The Lion King, and Beauty and the Beast all grossing over $1B worldwide. A live-action version of Mulan had been in development for some time but had been delayed numerous times thanks to the coronavirus pandemic before the decision was made to release it on Disney+.
When the first trailer for Mulan was released many were a bit confused by the tone of the upcoming film. It notably did not have any musical numbers and did not contain Mushu the dragon who was left out of the film altogether. In the original animated film, Mushu was voiced by Eddie Murphy and helped guide Mulan in her battle against the Huns and her training.
While speaking to USA Today, director Niki Caro dug into why Mushu was left out of the upcoming live-action remake of Mulan, citing a desire to bring the relationship elements the titular character had with Mushu to her fellow soldiers:
“We were very inspired by what Mushu brought to the animation, which was the humor and the levity, and the challenge was to bring that to Mulan’s real relationships with her fellow soldiers. Mushu, beloved as that character is in the animation, was Mulan’s confidante, and part of bringing it into the live-action is to commit to the realism of her journey, and she had to make those relationships with her fellow soldiers. So there was certainly a lot to work within that department.”
What do you all think of Niki Caro’s words? Do you think they should have left Mushu in the live-action remake of Mulan? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Disney’s live-action Mulan stars Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Yoson An, Gong Li, Jimmy Wong, Tzi Ma, and Jet Li. Here’s the official synopsis:
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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Source: USA Today