Mulan II

Mulan II

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Director: Darrell Rooney, Lynne Southerland

Cast: Darrell Rooney, Lynne Southerland, Ming-Na Wen, B.D. Wong

     
 

Mulan II, the direct-to-video sequel to the Disney hit Mulan, begins with the title character becoming engaged to General Shang. Before they can begin a life of wedded bliss, they must escort a trio of princesses to weddings of their own in order to facilitate a peace between warring nations. Mulan begins to believe her mission may be less than nobleSee more details below

Overview

Mulan II, the direct-to-video sequel to the Disney hit Mulan, begins with the title character becoming engaged to General Shang. Before they can begin a life of wedded bliss, they must escort a trio of princesses to weddings of their own in order to facilitate a peace between warring nations. Mulan begins to believe her mission may be less than noble upon discovering that the women are being forced into arranged marriages against their will. Mulan ends up opposing her beloved General Shang in order to fight for what is right.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Mulan II begins one month after Mulan has saved China. Now worshipful throngs of young girls clamor for this brave, strong, and beautiful heroine to teach them how to "kick butt." And that's reason enough for this direct-to-DVD sequel, which charts the further adventures of one of Disney's new generation of grrrl-empowering heroines. Mulan II lacks the epic scope of the majestic first film, but the scaled-down story does amp up the comedy, as well as the romance between newly engaged couple Mulan and General Shang. Before they can be wed, the emperor commands them to escort his three daughters to a rival kingdom, where they will be wed in a strategic alliance to stave off a Mongolian invasion. The forward-thinking Mulan believes that women should only marry for love, and she is torn between her duty and her heart, especially when the three princesses in her charge fall in love with the rascally Yao, Chien-Po, and Ling along the way. Meanwhile, Mulan and Shang must learn to work in harmony. Most of the original voice cast is back, including: Ming Na as Mulan (sung by Lea Salonga); B. D. Wong as Shang (sung by Donny Osmond); Queen of Cartoons June Foray as Grandmother Fa; Harvey Fierstein as Yao; and Pat Morita as the emperor. A welcome addition to the cast is Lauren Tom as the most impetuous of the princesses. Sorely missed is Eddie Murphy; sound-alike Mark Moseley does the honors as Mushu, but as written, the diminutive dragon quickly wears out his welcome, acting out of character by trying to drive a wedge between Mulan and Shang (it turns out he loses his guardianship if she marries). Among the new songs, "Lesson One" is a good workout along the lines of "I'll Make a Man Out of You" from the first film, and "Like Other Girls" is a girls-just-want-to-have-fun treat. It has been a seven-year wait for this Mulan sequel, which fans will likely welcome as a worthy continuation of the tale.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2005
UPC:
0786936231403
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:19:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Backstage Disney: Voice of Mulan II - a star-studded feature highlighting the voice cast; The World of Mulan - take a fun-filled tour of China's rich history and culture with your host Mushu; Deleted scenes; Games & activities: Mushu's Guess Who - play a guessing game as Mushu shows off his shadow puppet skills; Music & more: "(I Wanna Be) Like Other Girls" Video - with music by pop sensation Atomic Kitten; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Widescreen (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions; French and Spanish language tracks

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ming-Na Wen Mulan
B.D. Wong Shang
Mark Moseley Mushu
Lucy Liu Mei
Harvey Fierstein Yao
Sandra Oh Ting Ting
Gedde Watanabe Ling
Lauren Tom Su
Jerry Tondo Chien-Po
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita The Emperor
George Takei First Ancestor
Lea Salonga Mulan's Singing Voice

Technical Credits
Darrell Rooney Director
Lynne Southerland Director
Jennifer Blohm Producer
Michael Lucker Screenwriter
Donald J. Malouf Sound/Sound Designer
Joel McNeely Score Composer
Chris Parker Screenwriter
Roger S.H. Schulman Screenwriter
Robert St. Pierre Production Designer
Jeanine Tesori Score Composer
Jamie Thomason Casting
Lin Hua Zheng Art Director
Pamela Ziegenhagen-Shefland Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [3:12]
2. "Lesson #1" [5:19]
3. Shang's Proposal [3:40]
4. Mushu's on His Way Out! [2:03]
5. Yin & Yang [3:00]
6. The New Mission [2:41]
7. "A Girl Worth Fighting For" [5:09]
8. The Princesses and Their Guards [6:44]
9. Mushu's Meddling [6:08]
10. "Like Other Girls" [4:18]
11. Mushu's Puppet Show [8:53]
12. Breaking a Vow [10:55]
13. Fulfilling the Duty [2:48]
14. The Wedding [5:15]
15. Back on the Pedestal [3:10]
16. End Credits/"Like Other Girls" [5:17]

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