Much like Aladdin, Disney’s forthcoming live-action adaption of Mulan has faced its fair share of backlash after various rumors of changes were reported.
Mulan, now being prepped for a March 2020 release, has replaced guardian dragon Mushu with a phoenix and its stars will not perform songs from the original 1998 animated classic, according to a report from The DisInsider.
Citing a source who has screened an early cut, DisInsider claims the tough-talking dragon, originally voiced by Eddie Murphy, is replaced by a phoenix. The report does not clarify if the phoenix is anthropomorphized or whether or not it fills a similar role as Mulan’s original animal sidekick.
That isn’t the only change the site is reporting, however, as it goes on to say the movie will only use the original music as instrumentals, instead of having the characters sing the songs.
Mulan has already faced backlash over the decision to cast a new love interest and villain, opting to forgo some of the more fan-favorite characters from the animated film. If these new rumors prove to be true, the movie may set the internet ablaze again. While the removal of Mushu would more than likely upset many fans — especially given the character’s absence was questioned early on — the decision to remove the musical aspect of the film may prove more troublesome for the feature, especially given how iconic some of the music has proven to be overtime.
Mulan, directed by Niki Caro, stars Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Yoson An, Gong Li, and Jet Lee. The film is scheduled to open on March 27, 2020.