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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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Robert D. San Souci (based on a story by), Rita Hsiao (screenplay by) | 29 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miguel Ferrer ... Shan-Yu (voice)
Harvey Fierstein ... Yao (voice)
Freda Foh Shen ... Fa Li (voice)
June Foray ... Grandmother Fa (voice)
James Hong ... Chi Fu (voice)
Miriam Margolyes ... The Matchmaker (voice)
Pat Morita ... The Emperor (voice)
Eddie Murphy ... Mushu (voice)
Marni Nixon ... Grandmother Fa (singing voice)
Soon-Tek Oh ... Fa Zhou (voice)
Donny Osmond ... Shang (singing voice)
Lea Salonga ... Mulan (singing voice)
James Shigeta ... General Li (voice)
George Takei ... First Ancestor (voice)
Jerry Tondo 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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The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all. See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The first full-length movie animated only at the Florida animation studio. See more »

Goofs

Neither Mulan nor Shang are shown to have a bow before or during the avalanche, yet when Mulan catches the arrow with rope that Yao fired, she pulls a bow out of nowhere and uses it to fire the arrow back up to the other soldiers. See more »

Quotes

Chien-Po: [singing] I'm never gonna catch my breath!
Yao: Say goodbye to those who knew me!
Ling: Boy was I a fool in school for cutting gym!
Mushu: [speak-singing] This guy's got her scared to death!
Mulan: [singing] Hope he doesn't see right through me!
Chien-Po: Now I really wish that I knew how to swim!
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Astonishingly, the British censors would not issue the film with a U certificate until 2 seconds of footage showing a headbutt had been removed. See more »


Soundtracks

Reflection
(uncredited) (1998)
Music by Matthew Wilder
Lyrics by David Zippel
Performed by Lea Salonga
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Despite a few weak songs this is a great cartoon
26 December 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Mulan is a tomboy of sorts - not something that is looked for in a Chinese wife, and she causes constant worry and dishonour to her family. When the Huns attack China, the Emperor commands each family to put one man forward to fight. With Mulan's aged father the only man of the family it looks like he must fight, but Mulan dresses as a man and takes his place. With the help of dragon Mushu, Mulan overcomes her status as a woman to help take on the Hun.

I wasn't sure I would like this film as I have grown a little tired of the Disney formula of `songs, romance and smartassed comedy sidekicks', which Mulan sticks to pretty well, however I did really enjoy this film. I think it was mainly because of the sweep of the story, the big battles and the majestic feel to the movie. The plot moves swiftly and felt like it was all over too quickly. It has the usual mix of laughs for parents and kids as well as having quite a good story behind it all.

The only major weakness is the songs. I didn't exactly start tapping my feet at any of them and, while they are not bad per se, they aren't great and after a few lines I was wanting to skip past them (but couldn't - it was showing on TV). Asides from these the film is funny and quite dramatic and is good fun to watch. The cast are good. Ming-Na is a good Mulan while Murphy rehearses for Shrek with his smart mouthed dragon that gets plenty of good laughs. DB Wong is a good actor but has a `straight' role and doesn't distinguish himself. I was worried at first by the presence of Harvey Fierstein, but he did good work and wasn't half as irritating as he usually is.

With colourful animation that is good without being Pixar, this is a good cartoon that is fun, funny and, at times, dramatic. I'm not a big fan of Disney over the last few years but I did really enjoy this film and would watch it again.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

19 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

China Doll See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,745,143, 21 June 1998

Gross USA:

$120,620,254

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$304,320,254
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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