Mulan (movie)

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Mulan
Directed by Tony Bancroft
Barry Cook
Produced by Pam Coats
Written by Robert D. San Souci
Rita Hsiao
Starring Ming-Na
Eddie Murphy
B.D. Wong
Miguel Ferrer
Harvey Fierstein
Beth Fowler
George Takei
Phil Harris
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Matthew Wilder
Studio Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Feature Anmation
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date(s) June 19, 1998
Running time 90 minutes
Language English and Mandarin Chinese
Budget $70,000,000[1]
Money made $304,320,254


Mulan is a 1998 American animated movie produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation. It is the 36th movie in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. It is set in old-time China and based on local legend. The movie stars the voices of Ming-Na Wen and Eddie Murphy. Mulan was a success with its fans because it was different from Disney's other movies in terms of music and artistic design. The music was written by Jerry Goldsmith who also wrote the music for another animated movie, 1982's The Secret of NIMH. Christina Aguilera sang Reflections for the movie's soundtrack.

A direct-to-video sequel, Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 2 Mulan II, was released on February 1, 2005.

The story[change | change source]

The story is about a girl called Mulan. An army of Huns from Mongolia, led by Shan Yu, attack China. The Chinese army must face them, and needs one man from every family to go to war. Mulan's father is willing to join, but he is old and has a limp, and it is clear that he cannot fight and will die in the war. Mulan is supposed to get married, but is so clumsy that she fails the test to prove she would be a good wife.When seeing the match-making mistress she fails to be elegant and ladylike. Mulan fears she has dishonoured her family, but now decides that she must save her father. Mulan decides to become a boy to bring "honor" to her family. She secretly takes her father's armour and weapon and leaves to report in the Chinese army.

Mushu is an old spirit guardian of the Fa family, who has lost his job and been turned into a dragon. The family ancestors want to send someone to watch over Mulan on her journey, and Mushu takes the job in order to restore his honour. He and the lucky cricket of the family catch up with Mulan, as she joins the small army led by Li Shang. Mulan pretends to be a man, called Ping. All the men in the new army need a lot of training, but after a while the soldiers must face the enemy.

The army meets the Huns in the snowy mountains. When the Chinese are attacked, Mulan uses a cannon to start an avalanche that covers all the Mongolians. Mulan is hurt by a sword, and the doctor who examines her finds that she is not a boy but a girl. Li Shang becomes angry and leaves Mulan alone in the mountains. The army then travels to the Emperor's palace in the Imperial City. As Mulan and her animals spend the night trying to light a fire, they witness some of the surviving enemies climbing from the snow, and they start moving towards the Emperor's city. Mulan decides to follow them and warn her friends in the army.

In the Imperial City the army is celebrated for winning the war, and no one will listen to Mulan's warnings, since she is a girl. Suddenly Shan Yu and his surviving men step forward, kidnap the emperor and hide in the palace. Mulan and her soldier friends dress up as palace women and manage to fool the attackers and move the emperor to safety. With her friends' help, Mulan destroys Shan Yu using a store of fireworks. The emperor rewards her for saving the country.

Mulan returns home with her imperial gifts to show her family. The honour of Mulan, of her family and also of the dragon is now restored. Shang is encouraged by the emperor to marry Mulan. He travels to her town, pays a visit and is invited to dinner by her family.

Mulan & Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 1[change | change source]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original release date
1 The Adventures of Andre & Wally B Alvy Ray Smith Alvy Ray Smith July 25, 1984
2 Luxo Jr. John Lasseter John Lasseter August 17, 1986
3 Red's Dream John Lasseter John Lasseter July 1987
4 Tin Toy John Lasseter John Lasseter August 1988
5 Knick Knack John Lasseter John Lasseter 1989
6 Geri's Game Jan Pinkava Jan Pinkava November 24, 1997
7 For The Birds Ralph Egglestion Ralph Egglestion June 5, 2000
8 Mike's New Car Pete Docter & Roger L. Gould Jeff Pidgeon, Roger L. Gould & Rob Gibbs September 17, 2002
9 Boundin' Bud Luckey Bud Luckey December 2003
10 Jack-Jack Attack Brad Bird Brad Bird March 15, 2005
11 One Man Band Andrew Jimenez & Mark Andrews Andrew Jimenez & Mark Andrews June 11, 2005
12 Mater and the Ghostlight John Lasseter Joe Ranft, John Lasseter & Dan Scanlon November 7, 2006
13 Lifted Gary Rydstorm Gary Rydstorm October 12, 2006


Release Dates[change | change source]

Country Premiere
 Singapore June 18, 1998
 Canada June 19, 1998
 Israel June 19, 1998
 United States June 19, 1998
 Chile June 25, 1998
 Brazil July 1, 1998
Mexico Mexico July 3, 1998
 Taiwan July 4, 1998
 Argentina July 9, 1998
 Hong Kong July 9, 1998
 South Korea July 17, 1998
 Australia September 3, 1998
 Japan September 26, 1998
 Thailand October 9, 1998
 United Kingdom October 16, 1998
Republic of Ireland Ireland October 16, 1998
 Denmark November 13, 1998
 Sweden November 13, 1998
 Germany November 19, 1998
 Austria November 20, 1998
 Spain November 20, 1998
 Finland November 20, 1998
 Greece November 20, 1998
 Poland November 20, 1998
 Belgium November 25, 1998
 France November 25, 1998
 Hungary November 26, 1998
 Switzerland November 27, 1998 (German speaking region)
 Estonia November 27, 1998
 Iceland November 27, 1998
 Norway November 27, 1998
 Portugal November 27, 1998
 Kuwait December 2, 1998
 Netherlands December 3, 1998
 Slovakia December 3, 1998
 Italy December 4, 1998
 Slovenia December 10, 1998
 Russia December 25, 1998
 Turkey January 15, 1999

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