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Mulan movie disney 1998

Disney’s “Mulan” is an animated musical film released in 1998. It is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan and tells the story of a young woman who disguises herself as a man to take her father’s place in the Imperial Army during the invasion of the Huns. The film was directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook and features the voices of Ming-Na Wen as Mulan, Eddie Murphy as Mushu the dragon, BD Wong as Captain Li Shang, and Donny Osmond as the singing voice of Shang.

Set in ancient China, the film follows Mulan, a spirited and independent young woman who struggles to fit into the traditional roles of her society. When the Emperor issues a decree that one man from each family must join the army to defend the country, Mulan’s elderly father, Fa Zhou, is called to serve. Concerned for her father’s safety and realizing that he is not fit for battle, Mulan disguises herself as a man and takes his place.

With the help of Mushu, a small dragon who seeks to prove himself as a guardian, and Cri-Kee, a lucky cricket, Mulan navigates the challenges of military training and battles against the Huns led by Shan Yu. Along the way, she learns the true meaning of courage, honor, and family as she proves her worth to her fellow soldiers and becomes a skilled warrior.

The film is known for its stunning animation, memorable songs such as “Reflection” and “I’ll Make a Man Out of You,” and its message of empowerment and breaking gender stereotypes. “Mulan” received critical acclaim for its cultural representation and strong female protagonist. It was also praised for its themes of loyalty, bravery, and self-discovery.

Over the years, “Mulan” has become a beloved classic and an important part of Disney’s animated filmography. It has inspired several spin-offs, including a direct-to-video sequel titled “Mulan II,” and a live-action adaptation released in 2020. The animated version remains a favorite among audiences of all ages for its compelling storytelling, emotional depth, and timeless themes.

Fun Facts

  1. The character of Mulan is based on a Chinese legend that dates back over 1,500 years.
  2. Mulan was the first Disney princess to not be based on a fairy tale.
  3. Mulan is the only Disney Princess who is not of royal descent.
  4. The filmmakers had a team of consultants and cultural advisors to ensure that the film was culturally accurate.
  5. The film was originally going to be a musical, but the filmmakers decided to make it a more serious drama instead.
  6. Mulan’s speaking voice is provided by actress Ming-Na Wen, while her singing voice is provided by Lea Salonga.
  7. Mulan is the only Disney Princess who is also a soldier.

Additional Details

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  • Year Released: 1998
  • Type of Movie: Animated
  • Box Office: $304.3 million
  • Awards: Nominated Academy Award; Nominated Golden Globe
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  • Directors: Barry Cook and Tony Bancroft
  • Producer: Pam Coats
  • Music: Jerry Goldsmith

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