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CHARACTER CORNER: Mushu


Mushu is a popular character from Disney's animated film "Mulan," released in 1998. He's a small, comedic, and often brash dragon who serves as Mulan's guardian and comedic sidekick throughout the movie. He frequently makes light of serious situations, providing wit, humor and comic relief throughout the film. Despite his small size, he has a big personality and a strong desire to prove himself as a capable guardian.


Mushu is a tiny, non-traditional Chinese dragon who is voiced by Eddie Murphy in the original film. He's a self-proclaimed guardian of the Fa family and is summoned by the ancestors to help Mulan. Mushu's primary role in the movie is to assist Mulan, who disguises herself as a man to take her father's place in the army. He provides her with guidance, comic relief, and helps her navigate the challenges of being a soldier.


Throughout the film, Mushu undergoes a character arc of his own. He initially takes on the task of assisting Mulan with the hope of becoming a guardian again, as he has been demoted for past mistakes. Over the course of their journey, he learns the importance of true bravery and friendship. Mushu is responsible for many of the film's memorable comedic moments. His humorous interactions with Cri-Kee, a lucky cricket, and his efforts to help Mulan maintain her disguise provide much of the film's humor. While "Mulan" is set in ancient China, Mushu is a non-traditional dragon character. The decision to include a comical dragon character was a departure from traditional Chinese folklore, and it was done for entertainment and storytelling purposes.


Mushu became a beloved character and an iconic Disney sidekick. His character's popularity extended beyond the original film, and he made appearances in various Disney media, including sequels, TV shows, and theme park attractions. In the lead-up to Disney's live-action adaptation of "Mulan" (2020), there was controversy surrounding the decision to exclude Mushu from the film. Some fans were disappointed by this choice, as Mushu was such a beloved character from the original animated movie.


Mushu's character is a memorable part of "Mulan" and is often cited as one of the highlights of the film, thanks to his humor and his role in helping Mulan on her journey to become a hero.


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