RUMOR: No Mushu and No Singing in Disney’s ‘Mulan’

After reporting last year that some of the classic songs, along with the ever popular Mushu, would be in Disney’s live action adaptation of MulanThe DisInsider is now reporting that it might not be in the way you expect.


Despite originally being reported as not being a musical, the question of whether or not Mulan would include iconic songs such as “Reflection” and “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” has hung over the film since its announcement. Even when director Niki Caro told Moviefone back in 2017 that there were “no songs right now”, it seemed less of a firm denial and more of a leaving the door open to their inclusion as the film moved through pre-production. So when The DisInsider reported last September that the live action reimagining would feature the classic music, it came less as a total surprise and more as a welcome relief to many fans of the original.


But the manner of their inclusion is definitely not what many expected. Back in September The DisInsider said “We have learned from a source working on the project that the film will indeed feature some of the music from the 1998 animated classic.” The key word here is music – not songs. In a new report last weekend a source told The DisInsider that the music is instrumentals and that the cast do not sing in the movie. So, unless things change in during reshoots, don’t expect to hear the cast breaking out into song when the film opens next year. It seems like we’ll hear the familiar melodies, but any actual singing will be saved for the end credits.


As for Mushu, it sounds like he’s gone as well. Replaced by a phoenix according to The DisInsiders’ source. And looking at the cast jackets that certainly seems to be the case;




Now, maybe the phoenix will be called Mushu, that might be a nice nod to the original, but Disney are certainly taking Mulan in a bold new direction. These live action adaptations always have to thread the eye of the needle between being faithful and offering audiences something new. I’m certainly going to miss the little dragon, but I’m curious and excited to see what Niki Caro and the rest of the creative team has come up with. From all accounts they’re going for an epic war movie with Mulan, and that’s a feel we’ve not had before from Disney’s live action reimaginings.

Mulan is the epic adventure of a fearless young woman who masquerades as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China. The eldest daughter of an honored warrior, Hua Mulan is spirited, determined and quick on her feet. When the Emperor issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army, she steps in to take the place of her ailing father, Hua Jun, becoming one of China’s greatest warriors ever.”



Directed by Niki Caro and starring Liu Yifei, Mulan is due for release March 27th, 2020.