Mulan

Mulan

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Director: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook

Cast: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook, Ming-Na Wen, Lea Salonga

     
 

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Inspired by a familiar Chinese folk tale, this $90 million animated Disney drama follows the adventures of a young woman in ancient China. Character animator Tony Bancroft and 17-year Disney veteran Barry Cook (Captain EO, Tron, Trail Mix-Up) formed the directing team with production design by Hans Bacher (Balto), and work on the film beganSee more details below

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Inspired by a familiar Chinese folk tale, this $90 million animated Disney drama follows the adventures of a young woman in ancient China. Character animator Tony Bancroft and 17-year Disney veteran Barry Cook (Captain EO, Tron, Trail Mix-Up) formed the directing team with production design by Hans Bacher (Balto), and work on the film began 2 January 1995 under the working title The Legend of Mulan. While the merciless Shan-Yu (Miguel Ferrer) leads invading Huns over the Great Wall, young Mulan (Ming-Na Wen, with singing by Lea Salonga) sees a matchmaker about her matrimonial future. Mulan's views on accepted marriage traditions prompt the ballad, "Reflection," as she hopes for a recognition of her true self. To repel the Huns, a man from each family is required to join the Imperial Army. When Mulan's elderly father Fa Zhou (Soon-Tek Oh) volunteers, she objects. He warns, "I know my place. It is time you learned yours." Mulan, however, cuts her hair, dresses as a man, and is ready for military camp, prompting the concern of her First Ancestor (George Takei), who converts an inanimate incense burner into the 18-inch high comedic dragon Mushu (Eddie Murphy). With Mushu hidden in her clothing, she joins a group of raw recruits under the command of Captain Shang (B.D. Wong, singing by Donny Osmond). During an ambush by the Huns in a mountain pass, Mulan steps in to turn defeat into a victory. Mulan was the first Disney feature from the company's 200,000-square-foot Orlando facility (now known as Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida).

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
With its re-creations of deleted scenes, insightful commentaries, music videos, interactive games, and enlightening production history, this two-disc Special Edition brings honor to Mulan, Disney's historical adventure from 1998. Mulan, the subject of an enduring Chinese folktale, fits perfectly among the current generation of Disney heroines -- like Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, and Pocahontas, she’s not content to wait for her prince to come. Mulan is a headstrong, independent woman who rebels against the role society has dictated for her. Despite her best efforts, Mulan (voiced by Ming-Na Wien) is hardly "perfect bride" material. Not at all demure, graceful, or poised, she fulfills her destiny when, to save her frail father, she risks disgracing her family's honor by impersonating a man and fighting the marauding Huns. A pre-Donkey Eddie Murphy breathes fire into his scenes as Mushu, her diminutive dragon guardian. The first animated feature produced at Disney's Orlando animation facility, Mulan is a ravishing blend of traditional and computer animation, with several thrilling battle sequences. The music videos included in this set represent the most familiar songs from the Oscar-nominated score: "Reflection" is performed by Christina Aguilera; the rousing "I'll Make a Man Out of You" is sung (in Cantonese) by Jackie Chan; and the irresistible "True to Your Heart" is represented both in its original music-video form -- featuring 98 Degrees and Stevie Wonder - and as a remake by Raven. Just as Mulan finds her place in the world, so does Mulan take its rightful place in the Disney pantheon.
All Movie Guide
Beginning with The Lion King and Pocahontas, Disney's feature animation efforts took on a more ethnically diverse tone in the late 1990s. As a result, the studio that had once specialized in white-bread Americana took on a more global viewpoint. Mulan was another example of this trend, using mostly Asian voices and a diverse group of production talents in the service of a lavish adaptation of a traditional Chinese folk tale. Centering on a young girl who disguises herself as a man and joins the Army in order to save her family's honor, the film is a feminist statement -- which is in keeping with the 1990s Disney trend of stronger female protagonists. The score by Jerry Goldsmith and songs by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel add some lightness to an unusually mirthless Disney drama. Comedian Eddie Murphy is one of the few big-name talents in the production; Ming-Na Wen's strong but compassionate voice carries the bulk of the film.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2000
UPC:
0786936125153
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ming-Na Wen Mulan
Lea Salonga Mulan (singing)
Eddie Murphy Mushu
B.D. Wong Shang
Donny Osmond Shang (singing)
Harvey Fierstein Yao
Jerry Tondo Chien-Po
Gedde Watanabe Ling
Matthew Wilder Ling (singing)
James Hong Chi Fu
Miguel Ferrer Shan-Yu
Soon-Teck Oh Fa Zhou
Freda Foh Shen Fa Li
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita The Emperor
June Foray Grandmother Fa
Miriam Margolyes Grandmother Fa (singing)
James Shigeta General Li
Frank Welker Khan

Technical Credits
Tony Bancroft Director
Barry Cook Director
Hans Bacher Production Designer
Lon E. Bender Sound/Sound Designer
Eugenia Bostwick-Singer Screenwriter
Pam Coats Producer
Robert S. Garber Associate Producer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Kendra Haaland Associate Producer
Rita Hsiao Screenwriter
Michael Kelly Editor
Ruth Lambert Casting
Philip Lazebnik Screenwriter
Pres Romanillos Animator
Chris Sanders Screenwriter
Raymond Singer Screenwriter
Ric Sluiter Art Director
Matthew Wilder Songwriter
David Zippel Songwriter

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