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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mulan (voice)
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Mulan (singing voice)
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Grandmother Fa (voice)
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Fa Zhou (voice)
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Fa Li (voice)
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Chi Fu (voice)
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Shang (voice)
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Shang (singing voice)
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The Emperor (voice)
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Yao (voice)
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Mushu (voice)
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Grandmother Fa (singing voice)
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First Ancestor (voice)
Jerry Tondo ...
Chien-Po (voice) (as Jerry S. Tondo)
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Ling (voice)
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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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china | the huns | dragon | luck | training | See more »

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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:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£111,949 (UK) (9 October 1998)

Gross:

£9,454,609 (UK) (13 August 1999)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Mulan disarms Shan-Yu with a fan shows an actual martial art technique. See more »

Goofs

Chien-Po is a normal human who demonstrates anti-law-of-physics super-strength by lifting seven soldiers from the cliff and also by holding Ling and Yao with one hand while searching for Mulan in the snow. This absurd personage is a classic stock character in ancient-war genre movies. See more »

Quotes

Mulan: [singing] Ancestors, hear my plea: help me not to make a fool of me, and to not uproot my family tree. Keep my father standing tall.
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Thank you to the Walt Disney Feature Animation Support Staff and our families. Your patience and dedication bring honor to us all. See more »

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Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Make a Man Out of You (reprise)
Music by Matthew Wilder
Lyrics by David Zippel
Performed by Donny Osmond and Chorus
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Excellent, if a little different
31 March 2000 | by (somewhere much higher than you...) – See all my reviews

Now I must admit I wasn't sure about this one. MULAN seemed to break most of my preconceived rules on Disney movies. These included the fairytale element - a cross-dressing Chinese soldier doesn't have the same magical appeal as, say, the son of the Greek gods searching for his birthright, etc etc. Also, this verge towards realism meant that the bad guy would not be as appealing - Disney villains are camp, over-the-top thespians by rule - Jeremy Irons in THE LION KING for example. I was concerned about the absence of king-of-melody composer Alan Menken, whose wonderful songs encapsulate the charm of Disney.

However, that said, I thought this film was wonderful. The characters were well thought out and expertly drawn. Not enough songs were present for my liking, but those that were fit perfectly with the story, and the chance to hear the wonderful voice of Lea Salonga (Mulan's songs) is worth the price of this film alone. Eddie Murphy has managed to be as good, if not better, than Robin Williams as the comic sidekick. And the film's conclusion is as genuine and as heartfelt as any adaptation of this story. The mountain scene contains some of the best animation I have seen from Disney, and the rousing score from maestro Jerry Goldsmith accompanies the action superbly.

This may not turn out to be a classic in the same way as THE LION KING and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, but I enjoyed it immensely. Go see it now!!!


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