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Disney 53: Mulan

1 October 2013 4:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook

1998/87 Minutes

The Mulan team began development in 1994 with a field trip to China; a three week voyage to photograph and draw local landmarks for inspiration and absorb local culture. In contrast to the angled, detailed artwork on The Lion King and Hunchback, the decision was made to simplify the style, paying homage to classical Chinese painting, which also provided the visuals for its opening credits. Despite its simpler artistry, Mulan was also innovative in its use of crowd simulation software (see “Scares”) and saw the advent of Faux Plane, used to add depth to two-dimensional images, most notably during the opening sequence at the Great Wall of China and the final act in the Forbidden City.

Originally, Mulan would have been a much humbler, straight-to-video short film titled “China Doll”, effectively a Chinese take on Pocahontas II, in which an oppressed and miserable »

- Rob Burch

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