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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Cast

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Shan-Yu (voice)
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Yao (voice)
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Fa Li (voice)
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Grandmother Fa (voice)
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Chi Fu (voice)
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The Matchmaker (voice)
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The Emperor (voice)
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Mushu (voice)
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Grandmother Fa (singing voice)
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Fa Zhou (voice)
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Shang (singing voice)
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Mulan (singing voice)
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General Li (voice)
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First Ancestor (voice)
Jerry Tondo ...
Chien-Po (voice) (as Jerry S. Tondo)
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Storyline

This retelling of the old Chinese folktale is about the story of a young Chinese maiden who learns that her weakened and lame father is to be called up into the army in order to fight the invading Huns. Knowing that he would never survive the rigours of war in his state, she decides to disguise herself and join in his place. Unknown to her, her ancestors are aware of this and to prevent it, they order a tiny disgraced dragon, Mushu to join her in order to force her to abandon her plan. He agrees, but when he meets Mulan, he learns that she cannot be dissuaded and so decides to help her in the perilous times ahead. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all. See more »


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Release Date:

19 June 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

China Doll  »

Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,745,143 (USA) (19 June 1998)

Gross:

$120,618,403 (USA) (4 December 1998)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In total, nearly 700 artists, animators, and technicians worked on the film. See more »

Goofs

When Mushu is chasing after Cri-Kee after Cri-Kee insults him, he says, "Whatcha mean, a loser? How 'bout if I pop one of your antennas off and throw it across the yard, then who's the loser? Me or you?" However, his gestures are exactly the opposite, first pointing to Cri-Kee, then to himself. See more »

Quotes

Shang: Okay, gentlemen, thanks to your new friend Ping, you'll spend tonight picking up every single grain of rice. And tomorrow, the *real* work begins.
[all the soldiers grumble]
Mushu: [to Mulan] You know, we'll have to work on your people skills.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References The Lion King (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Reflection (Pop Version)
Music by Matthew Wilder
Lyrics by David Zippel
Performed by Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera appears courtesy of the RCA Records Label
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The growth of the typical Disney heroine
3 December 1998 | by (East Lansing, MI) – See all my reviews

There are two things I love about this movie, aside from its stunning and beautiful animation. One is that I love the fact that Disney is exploring legends from other cultures and I am so glad it brought us this one. The other is that I just wanted to stand up and cheer at this great heroine. I am a huge fan of Disney movies, but most of the heroines, while spunky, are still just your basic damsel in distress. I loved Mulan's character. She was strong, she was powerful, she could do anything she wanted, and she overcame much diversity. I was thrilled to see the portrayal of a strong female character surviving because of her own integrity and strength rather than because of her looks. Bravo, Disney, for bringing us this wonderfully progressive Chinese tale.


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