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Mulan

1998 | 88 min | K-12 | adventure, animation, family

The story of the brave girl Mulan begins when the Huns attack China. The emperor calls all the men into the army – including Mulan’s old and frail father. In order to save her father, Mulan takes his place in the army, even though she knows her possible exposure will lead to her death. Mulan is helped by a small dragon named Mushu, who was sent by her ancestors to protect her.

However, Mulan will need more than the sharp-tongued Mushu to succeed against Shan-Yu, the ruthless leader of the Huns. The Disney Classic Mulan offers spectacular animation, great music and an action-packed adventure for the whole family!

Directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook. As original voice actors, e.g. Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy and BD Wong.


About the movie

Subjects

  • arts
  • environmental studies
  • finnish
  • music

Keywords

  • respectful
  • rolemodels
  • succeeding
  • thought awakening

Educational levels

  • middle schools
  • primary schools

Genres

  • adventure
  • animation
  • family

Age limits

  • K-12

Studios

  • Walt Disney

For media educator

Released by Disney in 1998, Mulan is an animated story based on a Chinese folktale about a young girl who dresses up as a boy to save her father and joins the Chinese army to fight against the ruthless Huns. She studies martial arts alongside the men and, thanks to her uncompromising nature, grows into a skilled warrior who eventually saves the Chinese emperor. Mulan breaks gender stereotypes by showing that a girl doesn’t have to be just an obedient wife and mother.

The girl breaks rules and laws, but with her rebelliousness, she makes those around her see her as an independent person instead of a protected girl. The animation deals with the relationships between children and parents and how a seemingly weak person can grow into a strong protector of their loved ones. A girl who grew up under her father’s protection ends up reciprocally protecting her father and eventually her entire homeland. Mulan, like the classic Disney fairy tale, has a clear hero and a one-dimensional villain, the Hun leader Shan Yu.

The war scenes are violent, but in the proportions of an animation aimed at children. In addition to Mulan, the film also features another underdog, the little dragon Mushu, whom the other ancestors consider a misfortune. Together, these two look bigger than they are. (Source Media-avain.fi)