Mulan (1998)

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To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process.


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  • Ming-Na Wen and Lea Salonga in Mulan (1998)
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Directors:

Tony Bancroft , Barry Cook

Writers:

Robert D. San Souci (based on a story by), Rita Hsiao (screenplay by), Chris Sanders (screenplay by), Philip LaZebnik (screenplay by), Raymond Singer (screenplay by), Eugenia Bostwick-Singer (screenplay by), Dean DeBlois (story co-head), John Sanford (story), Chris Williams (story), Tim Hodge (story), Julius Aguimatang (story), Burny Mattinson (story), Lorna Cook (story), Barry Johnson (story), Thom Enriquez (story), Ed Gombert (story), Joe Grant (story), Floyd Norman (story), Linda Woolverton (additional story material), Jodi Ann Johnson (additional story material), Alan Ormsby (additional story material), David Reynolds (additional story material), Don Dougherty (additional story material), Jorgen Klubien (additional story material), Denis Rich (additional story material), Joe Ekers (additional story material), Theodore Newton (additional story material), Larry Scholl (additional story material), Daan Jippes (additional story material), Frank Nissen (additional story material), Jeff Snow (additional story material)

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11 March 2008 | BeautifulSinner
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| Thank you Disney, for making mulan so great!
Mulan is a well-known ancient folktale in Chinese history. It tells the story of mulan, who disguises herself as a man and goes to the war to protect the country in place of her aged father, and finally returns as a national hero/heroine. Although the story of mulan was evidently modified from its original, Disney did a fantastic job at retelling the story, and delivered it through the beautiful hand-drawn animation that has been lost to us for many years. As a Chinese myself, I know the mulan story like millions of Chinese people do. Some people (espcially Chinese people) may not like the Disney version of mulan simply because Disney didn't stay true to the original, but i feel somewhat differently about this. Not only did i have no problem with Disney's decision to make modifications to mulan's story, I actually kinda appreciate that they did. Cuz Disney's retelling of mulan turned out to be rather amazing, and even better than the original in my opinion. I mean, the original story is great, but it lacks fun and humor, which you can find in Disney's mulan. In the Disney version, Mulan is an outgoing, smart, and independent young woman who has difficulty fitting in the more traditional and reserved ancient Chinese society, where a woman's value is judged by marrying into a good family and being a good wife. So naturally this creates conflict and inner struggle for mulan, and thus brings out the musical number "reflection" that expresses mulan frustrations and desires. This song is so beautifully written and the lyrics have such meaningful morals and depth that it touches me every time i hear it, and I'm a guy! This song can certainly relate to a great many of young people, not only girls but also boys, cuz its central theme is all the same, that is to be your true self regardless the environment that you in. And now back to the movie, there's a lot to love about Disney's mulan: the story, the fun characters, the songs and music, the beautiful animation, etc. The story is smoothly-paced and very believable. You have no problem understanding why things happen the way they do and why mulan has taken certain actions. And I think Disney created the characters very successfully because they made them look like real Chinese people instead of the classic Disney characters that we used to see. And they made the backgrounds in the animation look like beautiful Chinese landscape paintings, which really amazed me! And the opening of the movie is probably one of the most brilliant among the Disney animation features. I was completely blown away when i first saw it in the theater. Although Disney didn't completely stay true to the original mulan, it stayed true to the spirit of the original story and the spirit of china in most part! And as Mulan being a Chinese story, i think Disney did its best to make it look like and feel like Chinese, and i really appreciate their effort. So thank you Disney, for making mulan so great!

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Did You Know?

Trivia

In a 2015 interview, when informed that Lea Salonga had voiced only the singing voice of Mulan and Jasmine, singer Idina Menzel described it as "very 'My Fair Lady'", presumably referring to how 'Audrey Hepburn''s singing was dubbed in the 1964 movie. Marni Nixon, who provided the singing voice for Grandma Fa in Mulan (1998), was also the one who provided the singing voice for Audrey Hepburn's character in My Fair Lady.


Quotes

The Emperor of China: I've heard a great deal about you, Fa Mulan. You stole your father's armor, ran away from home, impersonated a soldier, deceived your commanding officer, dishonored the Chinese Army, destroyed my palace, and... you have saved us all.


Goofs

When the remaining Huns emerge from the avalanche (observed by Mulan) and look down from the pass onto the Imperial City, the City is oriented with its front gate facing the pass. Moments later, when Mulan rides off to warn the troops, the Imperial City appears to have rotated, so that the palace is on the left and the front gate on the right.


Crazy Credits

Thank you to the Walt Disney Feature Animation Support Staff and our families. Your patience and dedication bring honor to us all.


Alternate Versions

On the 1999 British VHS, Mulan featured audio of Vanessa Mae's "Reflection" at the end credits.


Soundtracks

True to Your Heart
Music by
Matthew Wilder
Lyrics by David Zippel
Performed by 98 Degrees (as 98°) and Stevie Wonder
98 Degrees (as 98°) and Stevie Wonder appear courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.

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Genres

Animation | Adventure | Family | Fantasy | Musical | War

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