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Mulan II (2004)

Video  -  Animation | Action | Comedy  -  1 February 2005 (USA)
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Preparing for their wedding Shang and Mulan are suddenly sent off on a secret mission Mushu starts to meddle and a surprise attack by Mongolians doesn't help either.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mulan (voice) (as Ming-Na)
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Shang (voice)
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Mushu (voice)
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Mei (voice)
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Yao (voice)
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Ting Ting (voice)
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Ling (voice)
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Su (voice)
Jerry Tondo ...
Chien-Po (voice)
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The Emperor (voice)
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First Ancestor (voice)
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Grandmother Fa (voice)
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Fa Li (voice)
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Fa Zhou (voice)
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Cri-Kee (voice)
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Storyline

Fa Mulan gets the surprise of her young life when her love, Captain (now General) Li Shang asks for her hand in marriage. Before the two can have their happily ever after, the Emperor assigns them a secret mission, to escort three princesses to Qui Gong, China. Mushu is determined to drive a wedge between the couple after he learns that he will lose his guardian job if Mulan marries into the Li family. After the princesses unexpectedly fall in love with the Gang of Three, Mulan decides to help them escape the fate of marrying men they do not love. This contradicts the Emperor's orders and forces him to put Mulan's relationship with Shang into question. They are attacked by Mongolians, and the fate of China hangs in the balance. Written by Megan Burney

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Trivia

Mulan's family name, Fa, should actually be pronounced Hua. Fa is the south Chinese (Canton) pronunciation used in Hong Kong and the surrounding area, Hua is the north Chinese (Mandarin) pronunciation used in much of the rest of China and on state television. Both share the same written form and mean 'flower'. The Chinese dub uses the Hua pronunciation as Mandarin is China's official language. See more »

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When the princesses are escorted into the cart, Ting Ting first speaks to General Shang, sitting to his left. When Mulan comes into the picture, Mei is sitting in the same spot Ting Ting was previously sitting, but when they are shown again, Ting Ting is sitting in her previous spot and Mei is sitting opposite from her. See more »

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Mushu: [doing a perfect voice imitation of Mulan on a dummy outside Shang's tent] General Shang? General Hardhead, that's what they should call him! Everything's got to have a strategy!
Captain Li Shang: [barely awake] Mulan?
Mushu: [still sounding like Mulan] The man won't brush his teeth without a backup plan!
Captain Li Shang: [awakening slightly] Huh?
Mushu: [still imitating] I blame myself. I fell for those broad shoulders. I didn't realize there wasn't much sittin' on top of 'em!
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Follows Mulan (1998) See more »

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Like Other Girls
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics by Alexa Junge
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Beautiful animation and flawless voice work suffered from it's predictable story and uninspired message
18 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mulan was one of Disney's greatest films ever made with beautiful animation, excellent voice acting, intense action, and an entertaining story. So, when some of the Disney sequels came out at the time (Return of Jafar, Cinderella II, and Hunchback of Notre Dame II), I waited so desperately to see a sequel that would capture the magic of the original.

Sadly, my expectations were quite low when after the first 10-15 minutes of this film since it failed to be the same positive levels that made the original such a masterpiece and the characteristic was one of the few main problems of this sequel. I'll show you by contrasting the characteristic of the original and this sequel.

In the original, Mulan was a conflicted woman who was doing what is right for his family by protecting his father from getting himself killed. In this sequel, Mulan's personality is to now be a staunch feminist as she and Shang try to love each other. In the original, Mushu was a well-intentioned but slightly misguided sidekick who gave me some laughs with his comedic moments throughout the film. In this sequel, he's a selfish villain who attempts to break up the relationship between Mulan and Shang. In the original, Mulan's army buddies were hilarious and were quite enjoyable characters. In this sequel, they are now being one-dimensional characters repeating the same characteristic over and over again.

With the characteristic out of the way, there are a few good things about this movie. The voice acting is very terrific and did their best with the material they've been given and the animation, while below the original's standards, is obviously quite good and is the best animation I've seen in a Disney direct-to-video sequel this far.

Sadly, those two positive aspects got suffered by it's predictable story (with some overused clichés from other new direct-to-video sequels) and it's uninspiring message about "Following your heart" which makes it a little less entertaining for children and their adults.

Although, not a horrible sequel (unlike Cinderella 2, which was by far the worst direct-to-video sequel I have ever seen), Mulan II lacks the heart of the original and has a uninspiring message that just doesn't measure up. I'm sure the kids will enjoy it, but in terms of direct-to-video sequels, the adults might have a hard time remembering this.

Rating: 5.6/10


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