Mulan is the 36th Animated feature and it is a part of the Disney Renaissance.
The movie Mulan is based on the legends and The Ballad of Mulan.
Mulan originally began as a short, straight-to-video film titled "China Doll" about an oppressed and miserable Chinese girl who is whisked away by a British Prince Charming to happiness in the West. Then Disney consultant and children's book writer Robert San Souci suggested making a movie of the Chinese poem, "The Song of Fa Mu Lan" and Disney combined the two separate projects.
Development for Mulan began in 1994, after the production team sent a select group of artistic supervisors to China for three weeks to take photographs and drawings of local landmarks for inspiration; and to soak up local culture. The filmmakers decided to change Mulan's character to make her more appealing and selfless and turn the art style closer to Chinese painting, with watercolor and simpler design - opposed to the details of The Lion King and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
To create 2,000 Hun soldiers during the Huns' attack sequence, the production team developed a crowd simulation software called Attila. This software allows thousands of unique characters to move autonomously.
Mark Henn (Mulan)
Tom Bancroft (Mushu)
Pres Romanillos (Shan Yu, Falcon, and Elite Huns)
Ruben A. Aquino (Fa Zhou)
Brosse Johnson (Chien Po, and Ling)
Alex Kupershmidt (Khan, and General Li)
Barry Temple (Cri-Kee)
Ming-Na/Divina Sarkany as Fa Mulan (singing voice provided by Lea Salonga)
Eddie Murphy/Papa Dee as Mushu
B. D. Wong/Göran Rudbo as Captain Li Shang (singing voice provided by Donny Osmond)
Miguel Ferrer/Mikael Persbrandt as Shan Yu
Harvey Fierstein/Hasse Andersson as Yao
Gedde Watanabe/Andreas Nilsson as Ling
Jerry Tondo/Ulf Larsson as Chien-Po
James Hong/Bo Maniette as Chi-Fu
Soon-Tek Oh/Gunnar Uddén as Fa Zhou
June Foray/Lill-Babs Svensson as Grandmother Fa (singing voice provided by Marni Nixon)
Pat Morita/Gösta Prüzelius as The Emperor of China
George Takei/Johan Schinkler as First Ancestor
Freda Foh Shen/Monica Forsberg as Fa Li
James Shigeta/Johan Wahlström as General Li
Here is a little about the "Main" characters
She is the intelligent and beautiful heroine of this story and she really have to fight for her families honor but also to find herself in the world.
He is the "hero" of the story and he is trying to live up to his father the general´s expectations and later legacy.
The villain of the story, he sees the great wall as a direct challenge to him and wants to kill the Emperor to prove that his army is the strongest.
He is a very powerful and ruthless warrior and he leads his army with an ironfist.
The Story takes place in a fictional version of China and have three major places Mulan´s Home, The Mountains and The Emperial city.
The film opens when the Huns, led by the ruthless Shan Yu, invade Han China. The Chinese emperor commands a general mobilization in which each family is given a conscription notice. The story then switches to the Fa family where the only child Fa Mulan is preparing to meet the matchmaker that day. She gets ready and meets the matchmaker only to make a spectacle of herself and fail miserably.
Later, at home, her father Fa Zhou comforts her just as Imperial forces arrive to give out conscription notices. Fa Zhou, having no son to fight, is forced to enlist despite his age and a lame leg. Mulan poses as a man and flees to join the army in his place. The Fa family's ancestors, in a bid to protect Mulan, attempt to send the 'Great Stone Dragon' to protect her. Instead, Mushu, a small dragon, ends up travelling with her, in an attempt to regain his position as family guardian after failing to protect an earlier member of the Fa family. He, in turn, is accompanied by a dubiously "lucky" cricket named Cri-kee.
Mulan proceeds into camp and meets fellow soldiers, but under advice from Mushu on how to act like a real man, unwittingly starts a camp-wide brawl. In one of the tents, General Li promotes his son Li Shang to Captain and orders him to train new troops while the General attempts to stop Shan Yu at a nearby mountain pass. Outside, Li Shang stops the brawl and questions Mulan, who manages to pass herself off as 'Ping,' Fa Zhou's "estranged" son. Shang begins a grueling training schedule and is visibly disappointed at his new troop's lack of abilities. He is most disappointed by Mulan, whom he eventually orders to return home. She instead succeeds in impressing him by retrieving an arrow from a tall pole while weighed down with brass amulets. The troops, inspired by this, all improve and become good soldiers, particularly Yao, Ling and Chien-Po, who become Mulan's "buddies".
My Favorite Moments
Here are three of the moments that i think are very good.
First is Mulan´s battle with Shan Yu at the end.
This scene is very good as it has action and humor in a very good mix
Next is the song "Make a man out of you"
This scene is so good because it shows everything Mulan have to go trought inorder to be accepted by the other soldiers and it is a very good song.
And atlast we have the scene where Mushu confesses his selfish intentions to Mulan.
I just think that its an amazing scene and it really shows Mushu in a different light that we have seen him before.
The message of this movie is that it dosen´t matter if you are a man or a woman you can accomplish anything that you set your mind to.
The Story 8/10
The story is good and i cant really find any holes in the plot.
The Characters 9/10
The Characters are both very real and deep, they really work wonders together.
The Art 6/10
The Style of the movie is not as good other movies like The Hunchback of Notre Dame or Beauty and The beast but its still beautiful.
The Movie itself gets 7/10
Mulan is not my favorite movie but its still an amazing movie that will have a special place in my heart.
I hope you have enjoyed this and i hope you comment and say if you agree or disagree with what i have said here.