Mulan

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Walt Disney Feature Animation Released 1998

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Director:
Barry Cook , Tony Bancroft
Released:
1998
Rating:
G

Mulan is a 1998 animated drama that tells the story of a young woman who impersonates a boy so that she can fight for her country. When Han China is invaded by an army of Huns, the emperor decrees that one man from every family must join the army and fight. When her elderly father, Fa Zhou is chosen, Mulan decides to disguise herself and go in his place. Initially, she has difficulty acting like a man and learning how to fight, but in time she becomes a skilled and lethal warrior. Eventually, however, it is discovered that Mulan is a woman, and she is not allowed to fight with the army anymore. Though she is left behind, she journeys ahead to the Imperial City to warn the emperor about the huge enemy force heading his way. Will the words of a young woman sway the emperor or will the country be overrun by the approaching Huns?

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A rich dramatic tapestry lightly stained by some strained comedy, rigorous political correctness and perhaps more adherence to Disney formula than should have been the case in one ...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Mulan has its accomplishments, but unlike the best of Disney's output, it comes off as more manufactured than magical.

  • 50

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    A film that not only breaks the cross-dressing barrier but also ratchets up the violence level for children's animation.

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Classics, Military & War, Family Dramas, Musicals