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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

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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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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Trivia

One of the beauty parlor ladies preparing Mulan for the matchmaker was drawn in the likeness of Rita Hsiao. See more »

Goofs

Before Mushu reveals himself from behind the rock in the bamboo thicket, his shadow shows that he is moving to the left of the rock, but he comes out from behind the rock's right side. See more »

Quotes

First Ancestor: Great Stone Dragon, have you awakened?
Mushu: [holding up the Great Stone Dragon's head, which is all that is left of him] Uh, uh, uh, uh... Yes, I just woke up. I'm... I'm the Great Stone Dragon. Good morning! I will go forth and fetch Mulan. Did... Did I mention that I was the Great Stone Dragon?
First Ancestor: Go! The fate of the Fa family rests on your claws.
Mushu: Don't even worry about it. I will not lose face!
Mushu: [loses balance and rolls down the hill; the head of the Great Stone Dragon lands on top of him] Oh, my elbow...
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Spaced: Change (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

A Girl Worth Fighting For
Music by Matthew Wilder
Lyrics by David Zippel
Performed by Harvey Fierstein, James Hong, Lea Salonga, Jerry Tondo,
Matthew Wilder, and Chorus
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More Disney Magic -- Historically Accurate Legend
1 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are too few "girl" heroes in stories. According to Chinese legend, Mulan, the only child of an aging soldier, disguised herself as a male to take her sickly father's place fighting evil invaders. While in the disguise of a loyal soldier to the emperor, Mulan falls in love with her commander, who does not suspect the deception. When Mulan saves the entire fighting forces, what she managed to hide up to that point is discovered: She is a girl masquerading as a man. Rather than punish Mulan with death, the commander sends her away (presumably to die). In the end Mulan is honored with a medal for bravery by the Emperor himself. Although "only" a female, she had saved the entire empire from certain doom.

The finest moment is the scene where her father says "I am proud to call you daughter". Legend or history, this is a fine example of telling a story centering around a girl, rather than the countless tales celebrating boys as heroes. Like so many other recent animated Disney features, this is yet another gem in the treasure chest of Walt Disney Studios.


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