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Solid entertainment from a new group of Disney animators. The story source is a Chinese fable about a young girl who disguises herself as a man to help her family and her country. When the Huns attack China, a call to arms goes out to every village, and M
Solid entertainment from a new group of Disney animators. The story source is a Chinese fable about a young girl who disguises herself as a man to help her family and her country. When the Huns attack China, a call to arms goes out to every village, and Mulan's father, being the only man in the family, accepts the call. Mulan (voiced by Ming-Na Wen, sung by Lea Salonga) has just made a disastrous appearance at the Matchmaker and decides to challenge society's expectations (being a bride). She steals her father's conscription notice, cuts her hair, and impersonates a man to join the army. She goes to boot camp, learning to fit in with the other soldiers with some help from her sidekick, Mushu, a wise-cracking dragon (voiced by Eddie Murphy). She trains, and soon faces the Huns eye-to-eye to protect her Emperor.
The film is gorgeous to look at, with a superior blend of classic and computer-generated animation. Directors Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook make the best of it: a battle in the snowy mountains is as thrilling as the best Hollywood action films. The menacing Huns are not cute but simple and bad. The wickedness is subtle, not disturbing. The film is not a full-fledged musical, as it has only five songs (the best, "Be a Man," is sung during boot camp). Eddie Murphy is an inspired choice for the comic-relief dragon, but his lines are not as clever as Robin Williams's in Aladdin. These are minor quibbles, though. The story is strong, and Mulan goes right to the top of Disney animated heroines; she has the right stuff. --Doug Thomas
- Reflection music video with singing sensation Christina Aguilera
- True To Your Heart music video with superstar Stevie Wonder and the hot music group 98 Degrees
- Disney plans to discontinue this title on January 31, 2002. However, you may still place orders until inventory runs out
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But I'm so happy that Disney is releasing all of it's movies in combo packs so we can enjoy them anywhere...and at such good prices! Both Mulan movies for this price can't be beat.
The turning point comes when there is an invasion of China from the west and able bodied men are summoned to join the Army. Mulan's father, though not really fit, feels he must answer the call as he has no sons to send to serve the emporer. Mulan hears of this and she disguises herself and runs off to the Army. Here she is still disastor prone but when the training is done and the crunch comes, she proves herself to be all too competent and courageous, ultimately gaining the thanks of the emporor himself.
This film is extremely well crafted. The villians are typcially dark, brooding and sinister. You know as soon as you come across them in the opening scenes of the film that they will not be good for China. Violence is more implied than actually scene or it is indirect such as an avalanche that Mulan creates to save her unit buddies as they prepare to be over run by the human wave crashing down on them. Villages are over run but there is no on screen gore, more just wrecked homes and scattered childrens toys. The weasely snitch from the royal court is extremely well done. He soon reveals that he is more at home with palace intrigues than roughing it with the troops.
I found this to be a good film and with some parental preparation, it should be able to be viewed by all children, not to mention adults. I found it to be a highly entertaining, and at times moving, film. I recommend it to all.