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Mulan (1998)

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To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process.

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Robert D. San Souci (based on a story by), Rita Hsiao (screenplay by) | 29 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miguel Ferrer ... Shan-Yu (voice)
Harvey Fierstein ... Yao (voice)
Freda Foh Shen ... Fa Li (voice)
June Foray ... Grandmother Fa (voice)
James Hong ... Chi Fu (voice)
Miriam Margolyes ... The Matchmaker (voice)
Pat Morita ... The Emperor (voice)
Eddie Murphy ... Mushu (voice)
Marni Nixon ... Grandmother Fa (singing voice)
Soon-Tek Oh ... Fa Zhou (voice)
Donny Osmond ... Shang (singing voice)
Lea Salonga ... Mulan (singing voice)
James Shigeta ... General Li (voice)
George Takei ... First Ancestor (voice)
Jerry Tondo Jerry Tondo ... Chien-Po (voice) (as Jerry S. Tondo)
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Storyline

This retelling of the old Chinese folktale is about the story of a young Chinese maiden who learns that her weakened and lame father is to be called up into the army in order to fight the invading Huns. Knowing that he would never survive the rigours of war in his state, she decides to disguise herself and join in his place. Unknown to her, her ancestors are aware of this and to prevent it, they order a tiny disgraced dragon, Mushu to join her in order to force her to abandon her plan. He agrees, but when he meets Mulan, he learns that she cannot be dissuaded and so decides to help her in the perilous times ahead. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

19 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

China Doll See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,745,143, 21 June 1998

Gross USA:

$120,620,254

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$304,320,254
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Disney animators were very keen to gain the support of the Chinese government, hoping that it might help smooth over relations following the upset that had been caused by the Disney-funded release of Kundun (1997). See more »

Goofs

When Mulan sneaks into her parents' room to take her father's orders, Fa Li's hair is down, but when Grandmother Fa rushes in to tell them Mulan left, her hair is pulled back by a ribbon. See more »

Quotes

Man with Tattoo: [Mulan is watching Yao and Ling talk to a new recruit who is showing off his tattoo] This tattoo will protect me from harm.
Yao: Hmmm...
[punches the recruit who falls]
Ling: [laughs] I hope you can get your money back!
Mulan: I don't think I can do this.
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Crazy Credits

Thank you to the Walt Disney Feature Animation Support Staff and our families. Your patience and dedication bring honor to us all. See more »

Alternate Versions

On the 1999 British VHS, Mulan played Vanessa Mae's "Reflection" over the end credits, instead of Christina Aguilera's "Reflection", and after 98 Degrees and Stevie Wonder's "True to Your Heart". See more »

Connections

Referenced in 30 Rock: Lee Marvin vs. Derek Jeter (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

A Girl Worth Fighting For
(uncredited) (1998)
Music by Matthew Wilder
Lyrics by David Zippel
Performed by Harvey Fierstein, James Hong, Lea Salonga, Jerry Tondo, Matthew Wilder and the Male Choir
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User Reviews

 
The growth of the typical Disney heroine
3 December 1998 | by Emma97See all my reviews

There are two things I love about this movie, aside from its stunning and beautiful animation. One is that I love the fact that Disney is exploring legends from other cultures and I am so glad it brought us this one. The other is that I just wanted to stand up and cheer at this great heroine. I am a huge fan of Disney movies, but most of the heroines, while spunky, are still just your basic damsel in distress. I loved Mulan's character. She was strong, she was powerful, she could do anything she wanted, and she overcame much diversity. I was thrilled to see the portrayal of a strong female character surviving because of her own integrity and strength rather than because of her looks. Bravo, Disney, for bringing us this wonderfully progressive Chinese tale.


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