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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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Cast

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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This time, the princess saves the prince. See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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Details

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 (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

For the role of Mushu, Disney was aiming for top Hollywood talent in the vein of Robin Williams's performance as the Genie, and approached Eddie Murphy, who at first balked during recording in the Disney studios, and asked to record the voice in his basement at his Bubble Hill mansion in Englewood, New Jersey. See more »

Goofs

In the Imperial City, Yao and Ling go down the rope from the balcony at the Palace into the crowd below before Chien-Po and the Emperor, yet they have just landed when they call back to Mulan, who is still on the balcony. See more »

Quotes

Ancestor: My children never caused such trouble. They all became acupuncturists.
Ancestor: Well, we can't *all* be acupuncturists.
Ancestor: No! Your great-granddaughter had to be a cross-dresser!
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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

The British DVD, released in Spring 2000, was accidentally released with the previously cut headbutt scene intact. As this violates UK censorship laws, it was withdrawn after being on sale for around a week. The re-release, due a few months later, will probably be distinguished by having no European soundtrack/subtitle options. See more »


Soundtracks

Honor to Us All
(1998) (uncredited)
Music by Matthew Wilder
Lyrics by David Zippel
Performed by Beth Fowler, Freda Foh Shen, Marni Nixon, Lea Salonga, and Chorus
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Great Movie for little girls
8 January 2006 | by lichan-1See all my reviews

I have a 4.5 year old daughter who is going through the princess phase. We read lots of fairy tales etc and its very difficult to find a fairy tale where the princess is strong and resourceful. Most of the time they are pretty passive and the worst one is sleeping beauty. I find myself treading a fine line between letting her enjoy the fairy tale and occasionally commenting on the fact that perhaps some of these princesses just don't do enough to help themselves and how they can help themselves a little bit more. I don't want to destroy her pleasure in these fairy tales, after all, I loved them too. But it took me a while as adult to see how the subconscious message of helplessness in these fairy tales can reinforce the existing values of society and parents that girls are meant to be saved.

So it is a great pleasure to be able to show my daughter a story of a strong and intelligent girl - Mu Lan and its great that Mu Lan and we are both ethnically Chinese. Here is a heroine who is resourceful, uses her brains, saves the Captain and China. We draw many discussion points from the story, such as why it is that women were not allowed to join the army, the value of trying hard and training and practising hard, what is discipline and why it is needed to succeed, using your brains and thinking of how to solve a problem, not just using brute strength, etc. Even some politics - like why did the Hun king want the Emperor to bow to him and why the Emperor wouldn't bow to him but would bow to Mulan. My challenge is the explain things in a way which is both accurate and yet understandable to a 4 year old. My daughter loves the story because Mulan does a lot of "saving".

My daughter has probably watch the movie only 3 times coz I limit TV and video a lot. But she'll ask me to tell her the story in my own words, based on the video. It works out great.

The fact that the movie Mulan captivates me as an adult also helps. There's only so much I can enjoy of a barney video.

I definitely recommend this movie to parents with young girls, as a good place to start talking about being a strong and intelligent woman. Another good one is Beauty and the Beast. I've not seen Pocahontas so I can't comment on that.


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