I’ll Make a Man Out of You
The song was written by composer Matthew Wilder and lyricist David Zippel. It is performed by American singer Donny Osmond as the singing voice of Captain Li Shang in lieu of American actor BD Wong. It has received mostly positive reviews from film and music critics, some of whom dubbed it the film’s best song. The song has been covered by Jackie Chan, CristianCastro and Eddie Murphy.
About I’ll Make a Man Out of You in brief
\”I’ll Make a Man Out of You\” is a song written by composer Matthew Wilder and lyricist David Zippel for Walt Disney Pictures’ 36th animated feature film Mulan. It is performed by American singer Donny Osmond as the singing voice of Captain Li Shang in lieu of American actor BD Wong. The song also features contributions from Lea Salonga as Mulan, Eddie Murphy as Mushu, and Harvey Fierstein, Jerry Tondo and Wilder himself as Yao, Chien-Po and Ling, respectively. It has received mostly positive reviews from film and music critics, some of whom dubbed it the film’s best song. Critics have also drawn comparisons between the song and Disney’s Hercules, while likening Mulan’s role and transformation to actress Demi Moore’s performance as Lieutenant Jordan O’Neil in the film G.I. I. Jane. The song has gone on to be recorded and covered in several different languages—namely Mandarin, Cantonese and Spanish—by entertainers Jackie Chan and Cristian Castro. It was originally written by Stephen Schwartz, who was forced to resign from the project in favor of working on DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt. Wilder describes the song’s ironic title as the moment he knew he’d hit on something great with the concept of what it means to be a man with the word’man’ in the name of the song. He also described the song as using everything-and-the-kitchen-chen-style, explaining what the tempo and cadence of the piece was and explaining what he wanted it to sound like from its very first draft to its final version.
The track has since appeared on several \”best of\” Disney songs lists, including those of Total Film and the New York Post, and the song has been covered by Jackie Chan, CristianCastro and Eddie Murphy, as well as other artists such as John Cusack and Paul McCartney. It also appears on the soundtrack Mulan: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack, which is available on iTunes, Amazon, and other streaming services such as Vimeo. The film’s original songwriter Stephen Schwartz was originally slated to write lyrics for Mulan until he was replaced by Zippal at the last moment. Schwartz had written a song for the scene in which Mulan is training to be soldier, but the song was ultimately replaced with Wilder’s \”I’ll Made A Man Out Of You\” The song’s title is considered ironic because Mulan ultimately proves more competent than her male comrades, including CaptainLi Shang, who takes a liking to her. The lyrics explore hyper-masculinity contradicted with Mulan’s gender, while its lyrics have been compared to the film’S Hercules. In an unlikely situation, the filmmakers enjoyed the song from its first draft, while remaining in character all at all times. The original draft of the track was immediately approved by Disney. In addition to Mushu having a speaking line unlike the other characters in the song, Mushu has a speaking lines unlike the others.