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 <email@example.com>
Both Mulan and her father were animated by the same team, supervised by Mark Henn, as this helped make them seem related to each other. See more »
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. See more »
There are two things I love about this movie, aside from its stunning and beautiful animation. One is that I love the fact that Disney is exploring legends from other cultures and I am so glad it brought us this one. The other is that I just wanted to stand up and cheer at this great heroine. I am a huge fan of Disney movies, but most of the heroines, while spunky, are still just your basic damsel in distress. I loved Mulan's character. She was strong, she was powerful, she could do anything she wanted, and she overcame much diversity. I was thrilled to see the portrayal of a strong female character surviving because of her own integrity and strength rather than because of her looks. Bravo, Disney, for bringing us this wonderfully progressive Chinese tale.
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