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Mulan (1998)

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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:
... Shan-Yu (voice)
... Yao (voice)
... Fa Li (voice)
... Grandmother Fa (voice)
... Chi Fu (voice)
... The Matchmaker (voice)
... The Emperor (voice)
... Mushu (voice)
... Grandmother Fa (singing voice)
... Fa Zhou (voice)
... Shang (singing voice)
... Mulan (singing voice)
... General Li (voice)
... 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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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,745,143, 21 June 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$120,620,254

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$304,320,254
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

For the role of Mushu, Disney was aiming for top Hollywood talent in the vein of Robin Williams's performance as the Genie, and approached Eddie Murphy, who at first balked during recording in the Disney studios, and asked to record the voice in his basement at his Bubble Hill mansion in Englewood, New Jersey. See more »

Goofs

When Mulan is on the roof of the palace she is standing on the main roof beam which appears to be about 18 inches square. Seconds later Shan Yu rams his fist up through the roof and the roof beam. It would take several tons of force to do this, far more than even a strong man could generate. See more »

Quotes

First Ancestor: We must send the most powerful of all.
Mushu: Okay, okay. I get the drift. I'll go.
[Ancestors laugh]
Mushu: Oh, y'all don't think I can do it? Watch this here!
Mushu: [breathes a very small flame] Aha! Jump back. I'm pretty hot, huh? Don't make me have to singe nobody to prove no point.
First Ancestor: You had your chance to protect the Fa family.
Old Female Ancestor: Your misguidance led Fa Deng to disaster!
Fa Deng: [holding his severed head] Yeah, thanks a lot.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Make a Man Out of You
(1998) (uncredited)
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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I really liked this Disney flick that seemed to slip between the cracks
10 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

In the 1990s, I felt that Disney made quite a few undistinguished cartoons following Aladdin. Unlike most of the world, I wasn't all that enamored with THE LION KING and subsequent offerings such as the wretched HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME and POCAHONTAS were huge disappointments. Sure, POCAHONTAS is a lovely film to watch, but it's so wrong historically and it's so politically correct and hokey. And as for HUNCHBACK, the story was so dark and unappealing, I have no idea WHO the intended audience was. So it was in this context that I expected to hate or at least be underwhelmed by MULAN. Instead, it seemed fresh, well-made, humorous and fun--something distinctly missing from these other films. While the anachronistic aspect of having a lady warrior is problematic, for once Disney had another strong and likable female lead following Belle in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. This was a definite home-run for Disney and well worth your time whether you are a child or an adult.


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