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Mushu is the most beloved character in Mulan’s animated version, and rumors that the character would not be present in the live-action have angered fans, but not enough to make the studio go back on their choice.
In an interview with Digital Spy, Niki Caro, the film’s director, reveals that the team chose to leave Mushu out of this version and explains the reason:
“I think we can all say. That Mushu is irreplaceable. The animated classic stands out on its own. In this film, there is a representative of the creature – a spiritual representation of the ancestors, and more particularly of Mulan’s relationship with her father … But an update from Mushu? No. “
Although the director does not emphasize this interview, it is already known that Mushu was cut from the new film because his representation was considered offensive by the Chinese in the animated version. As the live-action seeks to take into account the original story to portray itself with the Chinese audience, its legends and beliefs, it is justifiable that the character does not appear.
Check out Mulan’s live-action trailer:
Without songs, without Mushu and with greater fidelity to the original Chinese history, the film hits theaters on March 26, 2020 in theaters in Brazil.
Until then, read more about Mulan’s live-action at Cinema10.