Trivia / Mulan

Disney Film

  • Breakaway Pop Hit: "Reflection", which, surprisingly, was Christina Aguilera's first single, and the start of her career.
  • Creator Backlash: While proud of the film, the grueling hours nearly ended co-director Tony Bancroft's marriage and he swore off directing features for almost twenty years, only returning to co-direct a couple of foreign co-productions.
  • Cut Song: Two as revealed in the DVD: "Keep 'Em Guessing", originally intended to be Mushu's introduction song, and an opening number filled with Ominous Chinese Chanting.
  • Fake Nationality: While Mulan, Shang and Chi-Fu = Chinese-Americans, Mushu = African-American; Shan Yu = Irish-Puerto Rican; Chien-Po, Ling, the head Ancestor, and the Emperor = Japanese-Americans; Yao = Jewish-American; Mulan's singing voice = Filipina; Shang's singing voice = white American; Fa Zhou = Korean-American. On the other hand, they're mostly using American Accents.
  • Non-Singing Voice: B.D. Wong does the speaking voice of Shang but the singing voice — that is, for "I'll Make a Man Out of You" — would be none other than Donny Osmond. (This in spite of Wong being a Broadway performer with a good singing voice. The Word of God on this is that Donny Osmond's singing voice sounds more like B.D. Wong's speaking voice than his own.) Ming-Na Wen also does Mulan's speaking voice, while her singing is provided by Lea Salonga (who also sang for Princess Jasmine). Marni Nixon sings for Grandma Fa for the character's verse in "Honour To Us All", where her speaking is provided by June Foray.
  • The Other Darrin/Poor Man's Substitute: Mulan II saw the return of most of the original cast except for Miriam Margoyles as the Matchmaker (replaced by April Winchell), Chris Sanders as Little Brother (replaced by Frank Welker) and Eddie Murphy as Mushu (replaced by Mark Moseley—who coincidentally, has also filled in for Murphy by voicing Donkey in the Shrek video games).
  • What Could Have Been:
    • An alternate version of the "Reflection" sequence changes the tone of the piece from a quiet, somber, well, reflection to a triumphant action scene.
    • Shan-Yu was originally going to have Animal Eye Spy powers via his falcon.
    • This early concept art for Mulan II shows the Matchmaker having a bigger role in the story, going along with them on their journey. There would have also been a female dragon as a love interest for Mushu.
    • According to the audio commentary on the special edition Mulan DVD, Li Shang was considered a dorky guy despite being physically fit due to his inability to talk to Mulan. An example of this would be after she defeats Shan Yu he says "You fight good" in a nervous way.
    • Rachel Portman was originally going to score the movie, but she became pregnant and dropped out; Jerry Goldsmith eventually signed on after he in turn left another project.
    • Stephen Schwartz was originally attached to write songs for the original Mulan before being let go because of his work on The Prince of Egypt. He was perfectly happy to do both and didn't have an exclusive contract. However, because The Prince of Egypt was a DreamWorks Animation film, the top brass at Disney weren't happy about him working on a DreamWorks Animation film and said that he had to make a choice. He chose to honor his commitment to The Prince of Egypt and says he doesn't regret it. Schwartz had written two songs for the film before being let go. Neither was used. He had also begun work on two other songs. Also, "Written in Stone" is used in Mulan Jr., a children's theater production of Mulan.

2009 Chinese Live-Action Film