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50 things you might not know about your favorite Disney films, 1998-2013 edition (52 items)

By , Deseret News

June 24, 2014

This week, we wrap up our deep dive into behind-the-scenes Disney with eleven of the studio's most recent theatrical releases: "Mulan," "Tarzan," "The Emperor's New Groove," "Atlantis: The Lost Empire," "Lilo & Stitch," "Treasure Planet," "Meet the Robinsons," "The Princess and the Frog," "Tangled," "Wreck-It Ralph" and the smash-hit "Frozen."

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1 of 52. Mulan (1998)

Longtime Disney writer and artist Joe Grant helped design the old witch/queen in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," released in 1937. Years and years later, he provided the character design for a very different character — Cri-Kee, the lucky cricket from "Mulan."

2 of 52. Mulan (1998)

Mulan is 16 when her film takes place. It's a popular year for Disney — other 16-year-old Disney leading ladies include Aurora from "Sleeping Beauty," Ariel from "The Little Mermaid" and Merida from Pixar's "Brave."

3 of 52. Mulan (1998)

Composer Matthew Wilder and lyricist David Zippel wrote three different songs for Mushu's introduction to Mulan. However, filmmakers said the songs — while they were all great — didn't fit in the movie and therefore didn't make the final cut.

"It was like rejecting an organ transplant," they said.

4 of 52. Mulan (1998)

General Li was not originally going to be related to Shang at all, but by changing the story, the filmmakers were able to mirror the stories of Shang and Mulan's love for their fathers.

5 of 52. Mulan (1998)

Singer Donny Osmond was cast as the singing voice of Shang because his voice matched well with the voice of actor BD Wong, who provided Shang's speaking voice.

However, producer Pam Coats was also a purple-socks type of fan — the first concert she ever attended was a Donny Osmond concert. Working with Osmond, she said, was a dream come true.