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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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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This time, the princess saves the prince. See more »


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Release Date:

19 June 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

China Doll  »

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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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Trivia

Computer animators used the latest technology to add detail and mimic camera techniques that were previously unavailable in animation, like crowd scenes of up to 30,000 people. They used a computer program called "Atilla" to make the sequence featuring 2,000 Huns on horseback. See more »

Goofs

When the remaining Huns emerge from the avalanche (observed by Mulan) and look down from the pass onto the Imperial City, the City is oriented with its front gate facing the pass. Moments later, when Mulan rides off to warn the troops, the Imperial City appears to have rotated, so that the palace is on the left and the front gate on the right. See more »

Quotes

[seeing Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po run to the lake where Mulan is bathing]
Mushu: Oh! We're *doomed!* There are a couple things I *know* they're bound to notice!
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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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References Alexander Nevsky (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

True to Your Heart
Music by Matthew Wilder
Lyrics by David Zippel
Performed by 98 Degrees (as 98°) and Stevie Wonder
98° and Stevie Wonder appear courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
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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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