Originally introduced by Grandmother Fa, Cri-Kee is the lucky cricket that comes to accompany Mulan throughout her journey. Just like R2-D2, his presence comes without a word.
R2-D2 is also directly connected to Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars, who is set here to play Grandmother Fa. R2-D2 is as beloved as Cri-Kee, and would fit the role perfectly.
The Matchmaker: Watto
A bit of an outside choice, The Matchmaker could be seen as played by Watto. The Matchmaker plays a pivotal role in Mulan’s growth, even with her less than reputable actions. This rings true with Watto, who enslaved Anakin Skywalker as a child.
First Ancestor Fa: Qui-Gon Jinn
First Ancestor Fa is the primary ancestral spirit we see when they choose to summon a guardian to assist Mulan. We’ve seen many similar spiritual mentor characters in Star Wars, but none seem more fitting than Qui-Gon Jinn from The Phantom Menace.
Going along with the choice to have R2-D2 play the role of Cri-Kee, it wouldn’t be right to break him up from beloved companion C-3PO. It’s even more appropriate because C-3PO would be such an entertaining choice to play the less than competent disgraced guardian trying to guide Mulan on her journey.
Mushu may not be the primary character in Mulan, but he feels like a connective tissue that holds much of the story together. This isn’t that different from C-3PO, whose arc runs through all three Star Wars trilogies and makes him truly crucial to the story.