DGT #5: Mushu (Mulan)

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In honor of Zootopia coming out today (a great movie btw), it only seems appropriate that I choose a Disney dragon. And I could think of no better dragon than Mushu. Admittedly, I was not familiar with most of Mushu's scenes from Mulan. So I found a greatest hits compilation. You're welcome:

 is an anthropomorphic red dragon in Disney's 1998 animated feature film Mulan.  Eddie Murphy voiced this fast-talking dragon who tried to help Mulan walk and talk like a man (Eddie Murphy's second connection to animated dragons; more to come on that later). Mushu was once a guardian spirit of the Fa family, but he had been demoted to the humiliating position of an incense burner and gong-ringer for the deceased Fa ancestors ever since he failed to protect a family member, a soldier named Fa Deng, resulting in the soldier's demise by decapitation (he's seen carrying his own head as a spirit). Mushu's reputation would suffer dearly from this, with the eldest ancestor refusing to even acknowledge Mushu as a "real dragon", evoking a bitter and eager-to-please side to his personality.

Mushu is always paired with Cri-Kee in the movie, a supposedly lucky cricket originally belonging to Grandmother Fa. Together, the two are often at odds, with Cri-Kee, unlike Mushu, being incredibly selfless and cautious, whilst Mushu is often self-centered and impulsive. Even so, despite usually bickering whenever they're together, the two are apparently best friends deep down, and do appreciate each other, as well as save one another on various occasions, especially on Mushu's end, as Cri-Kee is usually too small to take care of himself.

Anyone else wonder what the hell is going on in this picture? He appears to be eating water/milk out of a bowl with chopsticks. Pixar would never have let that happen.

Here's a solid Mushu quote:

Mushu: The truth is, we're both frauds. Your ancestors never sent me, they don't even like me. But you risked your life to help people you love. I risked your life to help myself. At least you had good intentions. 
[Cri-Kee chirps sadly at Mushu
Mushu: What? What do you mean you're not lucky? You *lied* to me? 
[Cri-Kee nods sadly
Mushu: [to Mulan's horse] And what are you, a sheep? 


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