Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical action comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation for Walt Disney Pictures. It is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, and was Disney's 36th animated feature. It was directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, with story by Robert D. San Souci and screenplay by Rita Hsiao, Philip LaZebnik, Chris Sanders, Eugenia Bostwick-Singer, and Raymond Singer. It starred Ming-Na, Eddie Murphy, the late Miguel Ferrer and B. D. Wong in the English version, while Jackie Chan provided the voice of Captain Li Shang for the Chinese dubs of the film.
Fearful that her ailing father will be drafted into the Chinese military, Mulan takes his spot. Though, as a woman living under a patriarchal regime, she is technically unqualified to serve. She cleverly impersonates a man and goes off to train with fellow recruits. Accompanied by her dragon, Mushu, she uses her smarts to help ward off a Hun invasion, falling in love with a dashing captain along the way.
Why It Rocks
- It stays true to Chinese culture.
- Beautiful animation.
- Great voice acting.
- Mushu (Eddie Murphy) is a great comic relief character.
- It delivers a nice message that women can be just as brave, strong and heroic as men.
- Great music score by Jerry Goldsmith.
- Cool action scenes, notably the ones involving Shan Yu and the Huns.
- Awesome songs such as Reflection and I'll Make a Man Out of You.
- Shan Yu is considered to be one of the darkest characters in terms of Disney villains.
- While very intimidating and dark, Shan Yu is a really forgettable villain.
- The sequel was very weak.