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With: (voices) Ming-Na Wen, B.D. Wong, Soon-Tek Oh, Eddie Murphy, Harvey Fierstein, Gedde Watanabe, Miguel Ferrer, James Hong, Pat Morita, June Foray, James Shigeta, Lea Salonga, Freda Foh Shen, Miriam Margolyes
Written by: Robert D. San Souci, Rita Hsiao, Chris Sanders, Philip LaZebnik, Raymond Singer, Eugenia Bostwick-Singer, Dean DeBlois, David Reynolds, based on an anonymous poem
Directed by: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 89
Date: 06/05/1998

Mulan (1998)

3 Stars (out of 4)

China Girl

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Female heroes permeate most of Disney's animated movies, but this is the first time they've given her real strength. To save her ailing father, Mulan (voiced by Ming-Na Wen) disguises herself as a boy and goes off to war. She falls in love with a strapping boy, but she doesn't spend the film pining for him; she has other matters to think about. Of course, she gets the quirky sidekick, a tiny dragon. But Eddie Murphy, who provides the dragon's voice, concentrates on being funny rather than annoying as he did later in the Shrek films. Some of the animation is breathtaking, and the film moves at a good clip, interrupted by one pretty good song and several below-average ones. Certainly it's an improvement on the enormously popular, overrated The Lion King. The great voiceover actress June Foray ("Bugs Bunny," "Bullwinkle & Rocky") provides the voice for Mulan's grandmother. Disney's new two-disc Special Edition comes with a plethora of extras, notably a new music video by Jackie Chan.

DVD Details: In February of 2005, Disney released a straight-to-video sequel, Mulan II, featuring the voices of Michelle Kwan and Lucy Liu. Extrasinclude a music video by Atomic Kitten, deleted scenes and games.

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