Monday, November 1, 2010

Movie Monday: Mulan

Mulan, 1998. Starring Mina-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, B.D. Wong, Soon-Tek Oh, Miguel Ferrer, Lea Salonga. (Director: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook)

Plot: Disney brings an ancient Chinese legend to life in this fun-filled animated film. Mulan (Wen), the tomboyish Chinese girl who disguises herself as a boy so she can fight the invading Huns. With a little help from wise-cracking dragon Mushu (Murphy), she just might save her country — and win the heart of handsome Captain Li Shang (Wong) while she’s at it.

Triva & Scenes

When Mulan sings "Reflection" in her father's shrine, her reflection appears in the polished surface of the temple stones. The writing on the temple stones is the names of the Disney animators who worked on the film written in ancient Chinese.

The scene where Mulan disarms Shan-Yu with a fan shows an actual martial art technique.

This was the first full length movie animated only at the Florida animation studio.

In the scene where Mushu awakens the ancestors, one set of grandparents worry that Mulan's quest will ensure her family loses their farm. This couple appear to be the couple on the farm in Grant Wood's famous painting 'American Gothic'

The spots on Shang's horse's neck and rump are shaped like Mickey Mouse. There are also other hidden Mickeys in the film.

Bruce Willis (Shang's martial arts model) was originally casted as Li Shang

The family names called out when the conscription notices are being handed out (with the exception of the Fa family) are actually family names of Rita Hsiao''s childhood friends.

"Fa" is the Cantonese pronunciation of Mulan's family name. "Hua" is the correct Mandarin pronunciation, and means "flower". "Hua Ping" (Mulan's fake name) means "flower vase" or just "vase".