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Mulan

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Movie propaganda

An ancient Chinese legend is magically transformed into an unparalleled adventure bursting with action, emotion and lots of laughs in Disney's heralded 36 animation classic Mulan.

A spirited young girl named Mulan (Ming-Na Wen and Lea Salonga - singing voice), who doesn't quite fit into her tradition-bound society, discovers that her ageing father has been ordered to help defend China against the invading Huns! In a brave and selfless act, Mulan disguises herself as a man and takes her father's place in the Imperial Army, training with a comical group of warriors led by the handsome Captain Shang (BD Wong and Donny Osmond - singing voice). Never far away are Mulan's hilarious guardian dragon Mushu (Eddie Murphy) and lucky cricket Cri-Kee. But Mulan will need more than Mushu's razor-sharp wit to defeat the ruthless Hun leader, Shan-Yu (Miguel Ferrer). Only by staying true to her heart will Mulan blossom into a skilled soldier and bring victory to her nation and long-awaited honour to her family!

Triumphant across all fronts, Mulan's breathtaking animation, memorable characters and action-packed battles amid snow-covered mountains will amaze and inspire your family like no other Disney classic before!

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film animation China warrior woman Empire cricket Hun invasion battle

Persons of interest

  • Miguel Ferrer .... Shan-Yu
  • Harvey Fierstein .... Yao
  • Freda Foh Shen .... Fa Li
  • June Foray .... Grandmother Fa
  • James Hong .... Chi Fu
  • Miriam Margolyes .... Matchmaker
  • Pat Morita .... The Emperor of China
  • Eddie Murphy .... Mushu
  • Marni Nixon .... Grandmother Fa
  • Soon-Tek Oh .... Fa Zhou
  • Donny Osmond .... Shang
  • Lea Salonga .... Mulan
  • James Shigeta .... General Li
  • George Takei .... First Ancestor
  • Jerry Tondo .... Chien-Po
  • Gedde Watanabe .... Ling
  • Frank Welker .... Khan
  • Ming-Na .... Mulan (as Ming-Na Wen)
  • Matthew Wilder .... Ling
  • BD Wong .... Shang
  • Robert D San Souci .... Storywriter
  • Julius Aguimatang .... Storywriter
  • Lorna Cook .... Storywriter
  • Dean DeBlois .... Screenwriter
  • Don Dougherty .... Storywriter
  • Joe Ekers .... Storywriter
  • Thom Enriquez .... Storywriter
  • Ed Gombert .... Storywriter
  • Joe Grant .... Storywriter
  • Daan Jippes .... Storywriter
  • Barry Johnson .... Storywriter
  • Jodi Ann Johnson .... Storywriter
  • Jorgen Klubien .... Storywriter
  • Burny Mattinson .... Storywriter
  • Theodore Newton .... Storywriter
  • Frank Nissen .... Storywriter
  • Floyd Norman .... Storywriter
  • Alan Ormsby .... Storywriter
  • David Reynolds .... Storywriter
  • Denis Rich .... Storywriter
  • John Sanford .... Storywriter
  • Larry Scholl .... Storywriter
  • Jeff Snow .... Storywriter
  • Chris Williams .... Storywriter
  • Linda Woolverton .... Storywriter
  • Rita Hsiao .... Screenwriter
  • Chris Sanders .... Screenwriter
  • Philip LaZebnik .... Screenwriter
  • Raymond Singer .... Screenwriter
  • Eugenia Bostwick-Singer .... Screenwriter
  • Tony Bancroft .... Director
  • Barry Cook .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Wow! The animation in Mulan is really going places and the use of computer generated imagery (CGI) is taking it there.

Have you ever seen a crowd of 30,000 people, 7,000 of whom are carrying lanterns, in an animated film before? And when I say 30,000 people, I mean 30,000 individual characters. They each move and react according to their own motivations - it's a stunning scene to watch. Even more stunning (for its sense of drama) is the scene where 2,000 Hun horsemen come galloping over the snowy mountain pass to invade China, and once again, that's 2000 individual characters! Would you like to know more?

Geek speak aside, Mulan is Disney's first Asian feature, and they have chosen a classic tale of identity, rebellion, war and freedom to do it. What's more, all the characters and most of the cast are Asian. Talk about one small step for man... In another ground breaker for Disney films, there is war, destruction and the death of thousands, all tastefully done but very dramatic at the same time. The advancement of Disney's product since the arrival of David Geffen as head has been incredible. The light and fluffy approach that characterised the studio's earlier work has been enhanced by the inclusion of a more realistic darkness. It is no longer inconceivable that there may one day be a Disney film without a happy ending.

I was also impressed with the quality of the acting. In all cases the voices captured perfectly their character's individuality. The diversity of characters, from wise-cracking dragon to classic heroine, is wonderfully rich. Mulan is a well made film and very rewarding to watch: the jokes are funny, the action intense and the story entertaining. Everyone will enjoy it.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Languages:
    • Dolby Surround 5.1: English, French, Italian
    • Dolby Stereo 2.0: Dutch, Polish, Czech, Hebrew, Greek
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Dutch, Greek, Icelandic, Croatian, Czech, English captions.

Security censorship classification

G

Surveillance time

88 minutes (1:28 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: Undated June 2000
DVD retail: 10 November 2004
VHS retail: 10 November 2004
DVD retail: 8 November 2006 - Double pack

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Eric Guaglione was the film's computer animation artistic supervisor. He and his team spent 1½ years writing programmes and experimenting with the software before they began their actual animation on the film.

"(The crowd scene) began with the traditional animation of 45 human forms in different shapes and sizes moving in different behaviour cycles," he says. "Each animated character was put onto a separate surface. A visual language was then developed to instruct the software as to how to populate the scene allowing us control of crowd density and placement in a simple and intuitive manner. We even used this technique to control their action, and as a result, the crowd cheers, claps and basically reacts to whatever is going on around them."

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