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Mulan (1998) Poster

(1998)

Goofs

Incorrectly regarded as 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.

Anachronisms 

When Mulan reads the Final Admonition and reads some of it off her arm, it was written in simplified Chinese. However, simplified Chinese was created in the 1950s. Mulan should have used the traditional Chinese symbols.
During the finale, Yao uses a banana as a part of his disguise. However, the banana is the sort of yellow and thin specimen a modern Western audience would recognize. This kind of banana cultivar would not be bred until centuries later. The bananas available in China in the era the movie is set in would have been rounder and of a different color.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

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.
When Mulan says "Chien-Po, get the emperor" her mouth movements do not match with what she's saying.

Continuity 

Mulan's helmet flies off her head in the avalanche. But when she is left behind in the mountains, her helmet reappears next to her.
While singing 'Reflection', Mulan takes out her red hair ribbon and flower comb. At the dinner table, Mulan's hair is held back by a fallen red ribbon. It then disappears.
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.
When Mulan is riding on Khan before the cart explodes, she is holding her sword. In the next shot when she is blown off her horse, her sword is back in its sheath.
When Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po are racing to help Mulan in the avalanche scene, Yao's sword is shaped like a scintar (Hun sword). In the next scene it is a straight sword.
When Chien-Po collides with the men standing in line to get their rice, he is standing up. In the next shot, he is lying on his back.
The two Huns that carry the Emperor to the balcony both have swords at their sides which disappear after Shan-Yu orders them to guard the door.
When Mulan, Ling, Chien-Po, and Yao dress up as concubines in order to defeat the guards to get to the emperor, Mulan is seen to have a green fan. But when she is on the roof with Shan-Yu, she pulls out a yellow fan.
The cricket cage attached to Mulan's behind reappears during her meeting with the matchmaker and the first few seconds of the "Reflection" sequence.
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Shang's armor and pants change from a blackish color to brown and finally gray as he fights Shan-Yu on the balcony.
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When Mulan is pulled back onto the cliff by Chien-Po and the other soldiers by the rope, the rope is tied around Khan, her horse. But when Khan walks away, the rope is still tied to Khan's body, but he moves away freely even though the other end of the rope is under the soldiers.
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Before Mulan punches Yao, she is holding her father's conscription notice in her hand. When she punches Yao, the conscription is in the sash around her waist.
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During her meeting with the matchmaker, Mulan absent-mindedly spills tea onto the table. In the next few shots, the spilled tea disappears.
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After Fa Zhou yells at Mulan for "dishonoring" him and Mulan is shown crying underneath the dragon statue, the ribbon in her hair disappears.
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The number of soldiers under Li Shang's command continually decrease throughout the movie although no casualties are ever suffered.
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In the Imperial City, Yao and Ling go down the rope from the balcony at the Palace into the crowd below before Chien-Po and the Emperor, yet they have just landed when they call back to Mulan, who is still on the balcony.
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Shang leaves his sword in the mountains with his father's helmet on top of it, but when the Huns jump out of the paper dragon at the Imperial City, he pulls it out of his scabbard. Then when he looks at the Emperor's hat, his sword has disappeared from the floor next to him.
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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.
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When Shan-Yu knocks Shang out on the balcony, Mulan is standing with a cloth over the rope after sending Yao, Ling, Chien-Po, and the Emperor down into the crowd. We see Shang landing on his side after Shan-Yu has thrown him, then it cuts back to Mulan as Shan-Yu approaches her, but the cloth she had in her hand and over the rope has disappeared.
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When Mulan changes into a man, the ribbon in her bun changes color from green to brown and other colors and then back to green.
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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.
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Before the matchmaker appears from her shack, the girl with the green parasol is squatted on the left and the girl with the pink parasol is on the right. After the matchmaker reappears at the front door, the two girls have switched places.
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When the matchmaker puts the teapot on the table, it was a few centimeters away from Mulan, but after one shot, it is now near Mulan.
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When Mulan and the other four girls are lined up in front of the matchmaker's house, they are at first lined in a V-formation, but when the matchmaker appears, they are in a perfectly straight line, then to a somewhat V-formation when the matchmaker and Mulan reappear at the front door.
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When Mulan sneaks into her parents' room to take her father's orders, Fa Li's hair is down, but when Grandmother Fa rushes in to tell them Mulan left, her hair is pulled back by a ribbon.
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When Mulan goes to pick up the doll in the ruins of the village, her glove turns blue, then back to green.
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When Mulan is chased in the camp and collides with the men standing in line to get their rice, rice flies out of the bowls of the men waiting in line.
When Mulan goes to let her "Little Brother" out of the house to help with her chores, the notes on her arm temporarily disappear.

Errors in geography 

The story is set in China, but the flag on the hospital tent where Mulan is recovering is the Japanese flag.

Factual errors 

The Huns could not have been the enemy of Mulan and her allies. The Huns were pretty much done by 469 CE and spent their time attacking the western and eastern empires of Rome, not the Chinese. The invasion of China that Mulan is alleged to have helped fight occurred in 600 CE. The Gokturks were the likely opponent that Mulan would have faced.
When Shang and his men are trying to break down the doors, they take the right statue which has its paw on a globe, meaning it is the male lion and is ruling the world. The statue to the left should have its paw on the belly of a lion cub, symbolizing a female lion with the children she will raise. However, the left hand statue also has its paw on a globe.
Cri-Kee has four legs, but all crickets have six legs.
In the movie, the floor in front of the front door to the palace is the same height as the floor in the palace and there is no door sill. In real palaces in China, there is a small, six inch wide, foot tall sill on the floor between the outside courtyards and the rooms of the buildings to prevent invading enemies from running through the door. This worked because the leg pads and armor of the soldiers at the time were so heavy, it would take a lot of effort to lift their legs that high at a run.
When Shan-Yu is thrown the sword by his hawk, the gargoyle he is posing on is over five feet tall. In reality, the figures on royal roofs in China are a foot and a half tall at most.

Revealing mistakes 

During the "Honor to Us All" sequence, while the bather is bathing Mulan, the notes that Mulan wrote on her arm never smear away, even when we see her arms.
When the matchmaker grabs Mulan's arm and the paint from Mulan's notes get on her hand, the paint is rubbed onto her face, but not on the handle of the teapot she gives Mulan.
After Mulan runs home from the matchmaker's place, she goes into her ancestors' shrine and wipes off her make-up, but no make-up is visible on her sleeves.
As the Huns crawl out from beneath the snow of the avalanche, there's not a trace of snow clinging to any of them.
Shang shoots the arrow in the pole for the soldiers to retrieve, and although he shoots the arrow at a sharp angle, the arrow is wedged into the pole in a position that is horizontal to the ground.
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