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  • Deleted Scene: An Action Prologue, which unfortunately never made it past the animatic stage, has Mulan and Shang retrieve a scroll from some bandits, whom they fight in the site of a giant Buddha statue. It would have tied into the main plot when Shang asks Mulan, "If we somehow make it out of here alive, would you marry me?", a proposal she accepts after they complete the mission. The scene remained un-animated after the directors realized this didn't seem like a strong enough connection to the main story.
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    • Eddie Murphy could not reprise his role as Mushu for this film due to a clause in his contract for Shrek 2. Mark Moseley replaced him (Coincidentally Moseley has also filled in for Murphy by voicing Donkey in the Shrek video games, and has served as Murphy's regular ADR looper).
    • April Winchell replaces Miriam Margoyles as The Matchmaker for the one line she has.
    • Frank Welker replaces Chris Sanders as Mulan's dog Little Brother.
  • Release Date Change: At least in the US, the first DVD's release date got pushed back from Fall 2004note  to February 2005.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Originally, the princesses only faked falling in love with Mulan's friends, so the guys could help them escape their arranged marriage. However, the directors decided this would make them seem too unlikable.
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    • This early concept art for Mulan II shows the Matchmaker having a bigger role in the story, going along with them on their journey. It also reveals that there would have been a female dragon as a love interest for Mushu, possibly Shang's family guardian.
    • Barry Cook, director of the first film, originally wrote a treatment for the film involving Shan Yu and his Huns Back from the Dead haunting North China, leading the Emperor to send Mulan and Shang, both about to be married, to investigate there, with the finale featuring Mulan and her allies, including the Fa Family Ancestors, against Shan-Yu and his ghost army.
    • The princesses were originally going to have body types even more similar to Yao, Ling, and Chien Po, as if you couldn't already tell enough.
    • There were plans for a Mulan III, as mentioned in this article, but was cancelled before Mulan II was released. Any ideas of reviving that movie vanished when John Lasseter returned to the studio a year later, and unplugged all Direct-to-Video sequels that were not already in production.
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