Why Shang and Mushu Are Missing From Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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No matter what group you had been rooting for, this Super Bowl introduced one huge win for Disney followers — the ultimate trailer for the live-action adaptation of Mulan. Although viewers noticed a few of Mulan’s greatest sword strikes, there was one thing lacking from this peek into Disney’s film, or moderately, somebody. Here’s what we learn about Shang, Mushu, and the characters within the live-action Mulan.

Director Niki Caro of 'Mulan' and President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production Sean Bailey
Director Niki Caro of ‘Mulan’ and President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production Sean Bailey | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

Disney’s subsequent live-action film premiering in theaters is ‘Mulan’

She’ll convey honor to us all. With the success of live-action films like Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, Disney has one other movie headed for its theatrical launch this March. This reimagined model of Mulan is directed by Niki Caro and stars Crystal Liu Yifei because the title character, Hua Mulan. Disguised as a person, Mulan joins the Chinese military to convey honor to her nation and to save lots of her father.

When Disney posted Mulan’s last trailer to YouTube and social media, a number of fan favorites had been noticeably lacking. Just how totally different is that this live-action reboot from the 1998 animated film?

Actress Crystal Liu Yifei of Disney's 'Mulan' Actress Crystal Liu Yifei of Disney's 'Mulan'
Actress Crystal Liu Yifei of Disney’s ‘Mulan’ | Visual China Group through Getty Images/Visual China Group through Getty Images)

There are a number of new characters within the live-action model of ‘Mulan’

This live-action film is extra carefully linked to the Chinese fable of Hua Mulan, oftentimes referred to as “Ballad of Mulan.” Consequently, some characters (and musical numbers) have been excluded from the live-action adaptation. That consists of the animated Mulan’s love curiosity, General Shang, and her loveable dragon sidekick voiced by Eddie Murphy, Mushu.

Instead, Hua Mulan fights alongside Chen Honghui, one other navy recruit, portrayed by Yoson An. According to the Mulan’s trailer, there’s a brand new villain threatening the northern border, Bori Khan, along with a shape-shifting witch.

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So, why exclude characters like Mushu and Shang?

Although the live-action adaptation received’t be a precise remake of Disney’s animated movie, there are nonetheless nods to the unique. There might be no singing/musical numbers like “I’ll Make A Man Out of You,” (and belief us, we’re upset about it, too.)

Still, Director Niki Caro included an instrumental model of “Reflection” within the film’s trailer. As a result, some critics commented on the director’s option to differ from the unique animated movie.

“I can understand why Mushu, along with the big musical numbers, were left out of Caro’s production. They would only distract the audience from an intimate and genuine story about female empowerment in a time when such a thing was rare,” one author for Forbes said.

“Unfortunately, there’s no exact science when it comes to remaking beloved properties, but the remakes that remain memorable are the ones that at least try for something new,” the writer continues. Fans will simply have to attend till the film’s premiere to see these characters in motion.

Mulan opens in cinemas on March 27. Until then, followers can watch the unique Mulan on Disney’s streaming service, Disney+.

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