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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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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