Mulan (1998)

Going your own way requires the greatest courage

A tomboyish girl disguises herself as a young man so she can fight with the Imperial Chinese Army against the invading Huns. With help from wise-cracking dragon Mushu, Mulan just might save her country -- and win the heart of handsome Captain Li Shang.

<em>'Mulan'</em> is good Disney.
There's a lot to enjoy about this film, it's not without a few less entertaining parts but overall it's one that many will like. The plot is pretty fascinating, even if it isn't as dark or in-depth as it could be.
Ming-Na Wen gives a more than acceptable performance in the lead role. Eddie Murphy, though, is definitely the most memorable voice from this. I don't love his character, who is a bit too cartoon-y and looks out of place, but Murphy is simply funny, in what certainly feels like a precursor to his role in the <em>'Shrek'</em> franchise. None of the other cast standout, yet still give what's required.
Animation-wise it's nice, while a few of the songs are catchy. I don't, as already alluded to with Murphy's Mushu, overly rate the character design. Aside from the aforementioned, I also don't like how Shan Yu (Miguel Ferrer) looks - he, at least to me, just looks angry all the time rather than terrifying or threatening.
I do class this as a film worth watching for sure, the pacing helps keep things enjoyable.

Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures by Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook, Robert D. San Souci, Rita Hsiao, Chris Sanders, Philip LaZebnik, Raymond Singer, Eugenia Bostwick-Singer, Dean DeBlois, John Sanford, Chris Williams, Tim Hodge, Julius Aguimatang, Burny Mattinson, Lorna Cook, Barry Johnson, Thom Enriquez, Ed Gombert, Joe Grant, Floyd Norman, Linda Woolverton, Jodi Ann Johnson, Alan Ormsby, David Reynolds, Don Dougherty, Jorgen Klubien, Denis Rich, Joe Ekers, Theodore Newton, Larry Scholl, Daan Jippes, Frank Nissen, Jeff Snow, Anonymous.
Stars: Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, BD Wong, Miguel Ferrer.

Genres: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical, War

Keywords: china homeland villain musical sexism training daughter cricket princess based on a true story female protagonist dragon ancient china war hero luck great wall of china gender disguise based on fairy tale female warrior disney princess hand drawn animation father daughter relationship woman disguised as a man based on poem 2d animation mulan character

06/18/1998

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