Abandoned Opening Sequence for Disney's Mulan
"Disney's Florida story artists had originally envisioned an opening scene where all of the incidents that lead up to the creation of the Great Wall of China are played out by shadow puppets performing by candle light behind a paper screen," explains Jim Hill. "Eventually, the camera would have pulled back away from the paper screen, revealing that there was an audience seated in a puppet theater that was watching this shadow play. The camera would then have drifted over to the theater's window and revealed that -- just as the off-screen puppeteer is explaining how the Great Wall prevented the Mongol horde from ever returning and attacking China -- that Shan Yu and his army are (at that very same moment) swarming over the Wall. The sequence was supposed to have ended with the horde entering the theater in the middle of the puppet show. The audiences flees, screaming. Shan Yu kills the puppeteer and then sets fire to the shadow puppets and the paper screen."
Looking Back at Mulan's "Reflection"
FilmForce explains that in 1998, after completing demo in hopes of landing a record deal, Christina Aguilera auditioned to sing "Reflection" for Disney's Mulan. According to Christina, "They needed someone who could hit a high E above middle C." Christina then cut a one-take demo in her living room singing to a karaoke tape of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Run To You." The demo was rushed to Disney, and within a day, Christina was in a Los Angeles studio recording "Reflection." That same week, RCA Records signed her to a record contract.
In Early 1998, 80% of the finished copy of "Mulan" was screened
to the MPAA, and recieved an initial rating of PG. In response to
this Eisner and the Directors said they didn't want to trim anything
off of the film (but Roy Disney thought it should be G.) So, they did
the necessary trimming to make it a G rated film before its release.
As of October 1997 70% of the rough animation was complete and nearly 40%
of the film had been cleaned up. Most of the storyboard work was finished.
And at that time, Rough animation had been scheduled to be completed
by the end of 1997 and the score was to had been be recorded during the
next few months. Clean-up animation was continued until about two months
before the film's release. As of July 1997, about 20% of the film was in color.
The name PING was used as one of the character's name, and Disney was
sued over it. At the end of August 1997 the lawsuit was settled.
As of May 1997, A rumor was heard that within the next few months the
score is going to be recorded
As of April 1997, the production was perfectly on schedule (in much better
shape Hercules was at this stage), and most of the film was in storyboard
form (25% rough animation). Only six sequences have not gone into production
at that time.
The film was tentatively titled Fa
Mulan when Stephen Schwartz was involved with it. The movie was later called
The Legend of Mulan. Now word is that the movie will be titled Mulan. In
a recent Los Angeles Times article, the title is given as Mulan--Legend
of a Warrior.