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Alternate Title: China Doll

Mulan (China Doll, Fa Mulan) (1998) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film Mulan

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  • Walt Disney Studios
  • Animated Characters: Fa Mulan/Fa Ping, Mushu, Captain Li Shang, Yao, Chien-Po, Ling, Chi Fu, Shan-Yu, Fa Zhou, Fa Li, General Li, The Emperor, Grandmother Fa, Cri-Kee, Khan the Horse, Little Brother the Dog.
  • Awards: Academy Award Nominee, Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score, 1999.
    Golden Globe Award Nominee, Best Original Score, 1999.
    Golden Globe Award Nominee, Best Original Song, "Reflection" (Music: Matthew Wilder.
    Lyrics David Zippel), 1999
  • Originally Released in 1998.
  • Production Number: 233
  • Running Time: 88 minutes.
  • TechniColor
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

Alternate Titles:

Alternate Titles: "China Doll (Working Title)," "Fa Mulan (Working Title)," "The Legend of Mulan (Working Title)."

Cartoon Production Information:

The first full-length animated film produced entirely at the Florida studio.

This was the 36th film in the official Disney list of animated films.

Hand Drawn / Computer Assisted Animation.


There's every reason that the Disney cartoon Mulan should be annoying instead of endearing. A scrappy heroine? We've already seen Pocahontas. Wisecracking comic relief? That element has already inspired some less-than-inspired characters in the Disney wanna-be's Anastasia and Quest for Camelot.

And yet, despite only a slight retooling of the familiar formula, Mulan is another of those Disney movies that gets past your defenses and makes you realize the power of a good animated movie. The movie's scenes of battle, and of the heroine's coming-of-age, are as good as anything Disney has ever dished up. And the sidekick, a teeny dragon voiced by Eddie Murphy, hits Robin Williams-like heights. The only element that falls short is the songs- nice, but nothing memorable.

Anyone who's been following the Disney studio's renaissance since The Little Mermaid knows that Disney's heroines no longer sit around sweeping the floors while waiting for their princes to come. Mulan's titular heroine is an assertive girl, out of place in demure Chinese society, who disguises herself as a male to take the place of her elderly father in the Imperial Army.

Comparisons to Yentl and G.I. Jane are inevitable. And at first, the movie milks the hulking-machismo stereotypes a little too fervently. Yeah, we know that men can be primitive louts--can we get on with the story, please?

Yet by the time the movie launches the first of its spectacular battle scenes, Mulan has earned its stripes. Snappy sidekicks aside, the movie's emotional appeal is what distinguishes it from recent Disney imitators. Mulan shows that cartoons can still pack as much wallop as any live-action film.

The animation is sweeping and wonderful, and so is the voicework. Ming-Na Wen (of The Joy Luck Club) is endearing as the title character. And Mulan's conscience, in the form of a lizard-sized dragon named Mushu, would seem to be another of those grating, it's-only-a-joke sidekicks--except that Eddie Murphy's hilarious work renders such criticism hollow. ("Star Trek" fans will also delight in hearing the voice of George Takei, the former Mr. Sulu.)

Mulan is in the best tradition of recent Disney animation (including the underrated The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and any studio's truly good family films (such as Babe)- so intelligent and winning, you don't need to bring a kid along as an excuse to enjoy it.

Review By: Steve Bailey

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This is a wonderful film by Disney, featuring everything someone might expect by a cartoon movie. The story is very good (a good adaptation of the famous Chinese tale) and the characters used are superb. The Hun's leader is fearsome enough, Mulan and...  (read more)

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Being a Chinese, I know too well about the story of Mulan and its true historical background. Frankly speaking, this movie wasn't well accepted in China due to its distortion of the true story. But, this movie brought something new to the Chinese audience,...  (read more)

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My favourite movie EVER. Mulan makes other Disney heroines seem so --well--girlish and such. (Belle's the only one who comes close.) Not that Mulan's not beautiful, I She knocks down all standards of how a woman should behave, in...  (read more)

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