Mulan

Mulan

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he tale of Mulan is a particularly satisfying one, accomplishing the rare feat of appealing to both boys and girls -- there's plenty of action, a strong female central character, and not too much mushy stuff. Mulan is a dutiful daughter in feudal China, who disguises herself as a man to fight in a war with the Huns. She does this to save her ailing elderly father's… See more details below

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he tale of Mulan is a particularly satisfying one, accomplishing the rare feat of appealing to both boys and girls -- there's plenty of action, a strong female central character, and not too much mushy stuff. Mulan is a dutiful daughter in feudal China, who disguises herself as a man to fight in a war with the Huns. She does this to save her ailing elderly father's life -- he himself would have been forced to serve, since he has no sons. Aided by a pip-squeak dragon named Mushu (the voice of Eddie Murphy in the movie, and a Murphy soundalike here), Mulan succeeds at her daring scheme. She defeats the Hun despite being unmasked at a critical point, winning the heart of hunky Captain Shang in the process. The songs are above average, especially the flower-petal-delicate "Honor to Us All."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ross Boissoneau
It's hard to believe that Matthew Wilder ("Break My Stride") wrote these zesty, delightful songs along with lyricist David Zippel. Mulan is the best Disney soundtrack in recent memory, with melodies you can instantly sing along with and lyrics that are amusing and thought-provoking. Donny Osmond may not ever qualify as a rocker, but he shows himself the perfect choice for the male vocal lead here, with his best effort since his brief turn in the spotlight as one of the numerous singers for Jeff Beck's "Ambitious" video a decade earlier. Christina Aguilera may have gotten the nod for the pop version of "Reflection," but it's Lea Salonga's heartfelt but not overwrought version that is the cornerstone of the album. Jerry Goldsmith's score keeps things moving, and topping it off is "True to Your Heart" by 980 and Stevie Wonder.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/02/1998
Label:
Walt Disney Records
UPC:
0050086063178
catalogNumber:
60631

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Performance Credits

Jerry Goldsmith   Conductor,Track Performer
Donny Osmond   Vocals
Marni Nixon   Vocals
Beth Fowler   Vocals,Track Performer
Lea Salonga   Vocals,Track Performer
Stevie Wonder   Vocals,Track Performer
Harvey Fierstein   Track Performer
98°   Vocals
Paul Bogaev   Conductor
Christina Aguilera   Vocals,Track Performer
Jerry Tondo   Track Performer
James Hong   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jerry Goldsmith   Producer
Matthew Wilder   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Douglas Besterman   Arranger,Orchestration
Bruce Botnick   Engineer,Mastering
Paul Buckmaster   Arranger
Alexander Courage   Orchestration
Phil Kaffel   Engineer
Chris Montan   Executive Producer
Frank Wolf   Engineer
David Zippel   Composer,Lyricist
Sandy De Crescent   Contributor
Luis M. Fernández   Art Direction
Reggie Wilson   Song Contractor
Michael Hobson   Illustrations
Daniel Clark   Illustrations
Fogel   Engineer
John Miller   Contributor

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