MULAN (Theatrical Release USA 1998)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Stars ììì

starts well, worth seeing, great musicserves its audience a quality story. The film has terrific animation.

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The movie starts with a Chinese guardsman guarding on the great wall of China. A falcon swoops down, takes the guard’s hat, caws, and flies away. The Chinese guardsman wonders what has just happened when a rope hurls over the wall and hitches to the wall. Curious, the guardsman walks to the edge of the wall to see what is going on and several more ropes hurl over the wall and hitch. The guard ‘freaks’ and runs to light the warning fires in the lookout tower. The General of the Huns climbs over the lookout tower wall and stands, glaring fiercely. The guard lights the fire to signal danger. The Hun general looks and sees the other lookout towers lighting up. The guardsman says, “Now all of China knows you’re here.” The General of the Huns grabs the Chinese battle flag out of its receptacle, burns it in the basin, and says, “Perfect.” The movie is off and running as the Chinese gather forces to fight this enemy.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Directors Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook for directing efforts. Thank you to Producer Pam Coats for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Mulan (voice of Ming-Na Wen), Shang (voice of BD Wong), Mushu (voice of Eddie Murphy), and Grandmother Fa (voice of June Foray). Singing voices include: Donny Osmond, Lea Salonga, and Marni Nixon for the Shang, Mulan, and Grandmother Fa characters.

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. While there is a primary story of love for family, self-sacrifice and courage that this film marches within, there is also a story of the ability of women to accomplish remarkable tasks within a military setting. The film turns into a great opening for a family discussion on Chinese history to include the Han Dynasty and the Huns. Quality story with great animation.

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