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Disney's 36th animated tale is taken from a Chinese fable. The Emperor (Morita) sends out an order that one man from every family must become a soldier in order to repel the advances of Shan-Yu (Ferrer) and his army of Huns. But Mulan's (Wen) father (Oh) is ill and she's afraid he won't return, so she decides to take his place and disguises herself as a warrior. The family's ancestral spirits enlist a guardian--the pint-sized dragon, Mushu (Murphy)--as Mulan goes off to war. The two mainstays of Disney's previous animated features--the songs and the comedy-relief sidekicks--turn out to be the weak links in this story. While Murphy's Mushu does have the funniest lines, he doesn't quite fit the more serious tone. Impressive visuals, and careful characterization by the voice actors make up for any formulaic missteps so that adults, as well as kids, should enjoy the show.

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Available on Running time 87 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Animated Musicals, Not-So-True Identity, Disney Animated Movies, China, War, General, Folklore & Legends, Dragons, Big Battles, Dads, Royalty, Top Grossing Films of 1998
Philip LaZebnik, Raymond Singer, Rita Hsiao, Christopher Sanders, Eugenia Bostwick-Singer
Barry Cook, Tony Bancroft
Matthew Wilder, Jerry Goldsmith, David Zippel
Matthew Wilder, Ming Na, Eddie Murphy, B.D. Wong, Miguel Ferrer, Soon-Teck Oh, Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, Harvey Fierstein, Gedde Watanabe, James Hong, Freda Foh Shen, June Foray, Marni Nixon, George Takei, Miriam Margolyes, James Shigeta, Frank Welker, Lea Salonga, Donny Osmond, Jerry S. Tondo
Pam Coats, Walt Disney Productions

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Along with every other Disney movie, I used to watch this a lot when I was little. My mom used to sing the songs all the time, too, and they would get stuck in my head. Mulan lives with her sick father who used to be a soldier. Every male in her village is ordered to fight against the Huns. She doesn't want her father to go so she steals his armor and disguises herself as a man. The spirits send Mushu, a little dragon, to watch and protect her. Mushu gives off the comedic feeling more than the protecting feeling. She wasn't very good in training at first but by the end of training, she was just as good as any of the other soldiers. She fooled everyone into thinking she was a man. She and the rest of the soldiers went to war. When she got hurt, everyone knew she was a woman, including the soldier she fell in love with. He was mad but then he got over it.