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Mulan (1998)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Family  |  19 June 1998 (USA)
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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:
Mulan (voice)
Mulan (singing voice)
Grandmother Fa (voice)
Fa Zhou (voice)
Fa Li (voice)
Chi Fu (voice)
Shang (voice)
Shang (singing voice)
The Emperor (voice)
Yao (voice)
Mushu (voice)
Grandmother Fa (singing voice)
First Ancestor (voice)
Jerry Tondo ...
Chien-Po (voice) (as Jerry S. Tondo)
Ling (voice)


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

china | the huns | dragon | luck | training | See All (94) »


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


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£9,454,609 (UK) (13 August 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Crickets are considered a symbol of good luck in China, hence the inclusion of one as a character. See more »


During the fight on the balcony at the Palace in the Imperial City, Shan-Yu knocks Shang unconscious and throws him. Shang lands on his side, when we next see him, he is on his back, and then on his front when Mulan runs to him. See more »


Bather: [singing] We'll have you washed and dried, / primped and polished till you glow with pride. / Trust my recipe for instant bride. / You'll bring honor to us all.
Fa Li: [seeing the notes Mulan has written on her arm] Mulan, what's this?
Mulan: [nervously] Uh, notes, in case I forget something?
Grandmother Fa: [handing Cri-Kee's cage over] Hold this. We need more luck than I thought.
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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 »


Referenced in Once Upon a Time: The Heart of the Truest Believer (2013) See more »


I'll Make a Man Out of You
Music by Matthew Wilder
Lyrics by David Zippel
Performed by Donny Osmond, Jerry Tondo, Harvey Fierstein, Matthew Wilder, Eddie Murphy, Lea Salonga, and Chorus
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User Reviews

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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