Disney Infinity 3.0 includes the character Mulan. "[6] Throughout the movie they are constantly working towards helping each other change into better and truer versions of themselves in order to achieve their true potential. When the Huns arrive, requiring a man from every family to fight for China, Fa Zhou agrees to go, despite Mulan's protests. Shavon L. McKinstry of SPARK Movement writes that Mulan's redesign "seem to be directly counter to her personality and character in her film", and also notes how all the princesses of color have been "noticeably pushed to the back or left out completely" from the new Disney merchandise which featured the redesigns. With Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Li Gong, Jet Li. Liu Yifei (Chinese: 刘亦菲; pinyin: Liú Yìfēi, born An Feng; August 25, 1987), also known as Crystal Liu, is a Chinese-American actress, singer, and model. As in Kingdom Hearts II, Mulan disguises herself as a boy to stop her father from going to war. "[31] Jo Johnson, in contribution to the book Queers in American Popular Culture Volume 1: Film and Television, wrote that "Unlike other Disney heroines, Mulan is immediately coded as a tomboy," observing the way in which the character speaks using a full mouth. while her romantic relationship with Shang has been widely accused of compromising Mulan's heroism. Kingdom Hearts. [82], McKinstry argues that Disney "prefers to portray one demographic of princess, simultaneously alienating so much of their fanbase", pointing out that of the "ten Disney Princesses in the brand, six are white". [3] Additionally, Mulan's surname was changed from "Hua" to "Fa. Fight for the kingdom and its people. However, some commentators have accused Disney of Westernizing the character,[who?] In the specific case of Mulan, "The characters' simple lines ... resemble classic Asian painting". Bridget Byrne of Boxoffice wrote that "Mulan ... has pride, charm, spirit and aesthetic appeal which prevents her from being upstaged by the vigorous and exciting action in which she participates. [24] Fathering one daughter himself, Henn drew inspiration from his own emotions as well as past personal experiences while animating several intimate scenes shared by the two characters. The PlayStation version was released under the name Disney's Story Studio: Mulan, with the port developed by Revolution Software (under the name "Kids Revolution"). In 2020, she starred as Mulan in The Walt Disney Company's live-action film Mulan. She became the eighth Disney Princess and the first one who wasn’t born of royalty or marrying a prince. Stand up soldier. Disney Infinity 3.0 has announced and released Mulan as one of the playable characters and figures. She also has a dog named Little Brother. However, it is discovered that six Hun warriors, including Shan Yu, have survived the avalanche, and Mulan catches sight of them as they make their way to the city, intent on capturing the emperor. In the aforementioned show, she performs a trio with fellow Disney Princesses Pocahontas and Rapunzel. "[5] Because the Ballad of Mulan is such a beloved and well-known story, San Souci longed to maintain the character's integrity. Created by author Robert D. San Souci, Mulan is based on the legendary Chinese warrior Hua Mulan from the poem the Ballad of Mulan. Jane dilemma by proving that brains can do more than brawn. Loyal Brave True (Christina Aguilera) (2:46) 20. It was to premiere in 2008 but was cancelled due to poor sales of the first DVD.[41]. Mulan awards, by far, the Disney highest 'on screen' body count since the avalanche implies the death of thousands of Huns, leaving only a few survivors. "[32] Additionally, Mulan's intelligence has been observed in several professional analyses, with critics often citing the character as "brainy."[33][34]. "[62] The New York Times' Janet Maslin negatively opined, "For all of Mulan's courage and independence in rebelling against the matchmakers, this is still enough of a fairy tale to need Mr. "[50] Ken Fox of TV Guide wrote, "Intelligent and fiercely independent, Mulan ... runs afoul of social expectations that a woman will be always obedient and duty-bound to her husband." [10], Upon being cast as Mulan's speaking voice, Wen was immediately informed by Disney that she would not be providing the character's singing voice. Mulan was the first movie created outside L.A., California, created by Disney's Studio in Florida. She has no interest in being a good little subservient wife, despite her sighing parents' wishes. Lonnie returns in the sequel, Descendants 2, where she assists the former villain kids in a rescue mission on the Isle of the Lost to retrieve Prince Ben; in return, Jay (the son of Jafar), acknowledging how his heritage should encourage him to bend rules, appoints Lonnie captain of the school's fencing team in his place after she was initially rejected as the rules stated that teams must consist of the captain and eight men. Reporting to the training camp, Mulan is able to pass as a man, although her military skills are initially lacking. After Ling loses his teeth after getting punched in the face, some scenes show him with all of his teeth back. The Land of Dragons is a world in Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix based on the 1998 Disney film Mulan. In the episode "Princesses to the Rescue," Mulan reminds Sofia and her friends Amber and Jun they are "Stronger Than They Know" in song. [27][self-published source], Several film critics have described Mulan as a tomboy. [80][81], The 2013 Disney princess redesigns portrayed Mulan with features that differ from her film appearance. Moving to the United States at 10 with her mother, Liu lived there for four years. Normally, people with the name Mulan keep their promises.They like to live a king size life. "[55] Likewise, the Los Angeles Times' Kenneth Turan wrote, "As a vivacious rebel who has to be true to herself no matter what, Mulan is an excellent heroine, perfect for the young female demographic the studio is most anxious to attract", additionally calling her a "more likable and resourceful role model than Pocahontas". In most of the parks she is most commonly found alongside Mushu in the “Asian Jungles” area of Adventureland. 1 Canon 1.1 Similarities and comparisons 2 Fanon 3 Fandom 4 Trivia 5 Gallery 6 Navigation As Mulan and Jasmine … She also does not fit in with the expectations of a young Chinese girl of the time; despite her natural beauty, she is clumsy, outspoken, and independent rather than graceful, obedient, silent and demure. Mushu appears in the first Kingdom Hearts video game and in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories as a summon character. They are deceased members of the Fa family, and thus are the ancestors of the current members. [74] Similarly, in 2013, Mulan was ranked the greatest animated Disney heroine according to a poll conducted by Jim Vejvoda of IGN. Johnson additionally noticed several ways in which Mulan's design and personality differ from those typically associated with traditional Disney heroines and princesses, citing the character's clumsy, awkward demeanor; broad shoulders and muscular limbs; unruly single strand of hair; and choice of everyday attire which usually consists of loose, baggy clothing concealing her "traditionally slim Disney waist. "[68] Succeeding non-white Disney Princesses Jasmine and Pocahontas, Mulan's characterization as Disney's first East Asian princess assisted in the diversification of the Disney Princess franchise, introducing "Disney princesses ... portrayed as women of color. She began modeling at the age of 8 and was trained in singing, dancing and the piano. But still technically killing." She purchases what she needs to equip herself and … The Huns, led by the ruthless Shan Yu, invade China, breaching the Great Wall via grappling hooks. Shortly after, the Chinese Emperor's counselor, Chi-Fu, arrives in her village to announce that the deadly Huns, led by Shan Yu, have invaded China, and that one man in every family must serve in the war. The girl who has come to save the Dynasty. As a result of the invasion, each family is given a conscription notice. She is eventually found out when a doctor is attending to her wounds. Tier: At least High 4-C. Name: Fa Mulan, Ping, Treacherous Snake, The Soldier from the Mountains | Mushu … This was particularly troubling as Mulan is one of the few princesses of color.[who?] Despite her protests, her father says that he will go in spite of his old age and old war wounds. "[39] Although Mulan is a member of the Disney Princess franchise, she is not a legitimate princess in the traditional sense, as she was neither born the daughter of a king or queen, nor does she become princess consort by marrying a prince. Hua means “flower,” but sometimes she’s Wei Mulan or Zhu Mulan. The name Mulan has Fire element.Sun is the Ruling Planet for the name Mulan.The name Mulan having moon sign as Leo is represented by The Lion and considered as Fixed .. While she accepts the crest of the Emperor, and the sword of Shan Yu as gifts, she politely declines his offer to be his advisor, and asks to return to her family. Mulan, aberrant and unlike most previous female roles, is courageous and more self-reliant. By. Of these respondents, over half would change their hair and over a quarter would change something about their body, such as skin color. "[53] Hailing the character as "Among the strongest heroines in Walt's cartoon canon," Ian Freer of Empire enthused, "Mulan's engaging mixture of vulnerability and derring-do becomes incredibly easy to root for. She has saved the Dynasty. McCarthy continued, "Here, it's the girl who does the rescuing, saving not only the prince but the emperor himself from oblivion, and this in a distant culture where women were expected to obey strictly prescribed rules. When Mulan sings "Reflection", in her father's shrine, her reflection appears in the polished surface of the temple stones. DO NOT HESITATE TO ADD THE PROPER NAME IF AVAILABLE. Mulan appears regularly for meet-and-greets, parades and shows at the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, including at the Chinese Pavilion at Epcot. 1 About 2 Interactions 3 Costumes 4 Mulan Storyline 5 Quests 6 Trivia 7 Gallery Fa Mulan is the protagonist of Disney's 1998 animated feature film of the same name and it's 2004 direct-to-video sequel. She goes under her pseudonym (Ping) for the majority of Sora's first visit to her world, which follows the storyline of the film, but has abandoned it by the time of their second visit, which follows a new story where they come into conflict with Xigbar and the Storm Rider Heartless. Summary. Shan Yu was originally going to have a spiritual connection to his falcon Hayabusa where he was able to see through the falcon's eyes and a scene where he flat out murders one of his own soldiers in an extremely graphic way for trying to hide a small bird from him after the Huns has burned a village. With the help of Shang, they defeat Shan Yu's men; as Shang prevents Shan Yu from assassinating the Emperor, Mulan lures the Hun leader onto the roof, where she engages him in single combat. Wasn't that enough? Contrary to his exterior, the Emperor is frank about certain topics, as seen in telling Shang that his [Shang's] tactics of winning Mulan over are wrong. The animated film itself took its story from The Ballad of Mulan, a Chinese folk song. The movie was almost a short movie titled. At the imperial city, Mulan is unable to convince Shang about Shan Yu's survival; the Huns capture the emperor, and seize the palace. Right."[63]. https://disney.fandom.com/wiki/Mulan?oldid=4326928. "[60], Unlike the generally positive reviews received by Mulan, critical reception towards the character's romantic relationship with Li Shang has been largely negative, drawing much speculation from critics who accused Mulan of having "a typical girl-hooks-up-with-boy ending. The prominent aspect of the Emperor is his vast amount of knowledge and justice; the Emperor is one of the most judicious characters in the series. When Mulan thanks Mushu, she kisses him on the forehead, followed by her dog, Little Brother, and a herd of chickens bursting into the Temple, with a Great Ancestor calling Mushu's name, ending the film. "[44] Mulan also appears as a playable character in Disney's Mulan,[45] a similar video game released the previous year on October 10, 1998 by THQ for Nintendo Game Boy.[46]. Wei is the name of a ruling kingdom during the Warring states period from 430 to 225 BCE. Shang survives the accident and arrives in time to stop the wedding but ultimately Mulan is saved by Mushu who, posing as the mighty Golden Dragon of Unity, frees the three princesses from their vows, and marries Mulan and Li Shang himself causing Mulan to forgive him for his actions. Mulan is left to follow alone as the recruits depart for the imperial city to report the news of the Huns' destruction. Which is why her meeting with the matchmaker ended in chaos, that and help from a certain lucky cricket, and why the matchmaker clai… Mulan comes from the 1998 movie of the same name. On August 2014, Ming-Na Wen and Lea Salonga reprise their roles as Mulan for the first time since Mulan 2 in the Disney Channel show Sofia the First. I loved using my imagination. The Phoenix's Jeffrey Gantz felt that character was unoriginal, inaccurate and Westernized, writing, "[her] costumes (particularly the kimono and obi Mulan wears to the Matchmaker) and hairdos look Japanese ... Give Mulan Native American features and you have Pocahontas. No, it's marrying Shang. Liu Yifei played the live-action version of the character in the 2020 live-action adaptation of the original 1998 film, named Hua Mulan. Most go unnamed, but they have distinctive appearances. [75], In 1999, Mulan's theme song "Reflection", performed by Mulan, was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 56th Golden Globe Awards, but ultimately lost to Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli's "The Prayer" from Quest for Camelot (1998). Lightyear (2022). The following article is based on a subject that has no agreed upon name; the current title is merely a placeholder and is subject to change. [82] The importance of Mulan and other non-white princesses can be seen in the 2009 study of the effects of children's cartoons on the body image of young girls by doctors Sharon Hayes and Stacey Tantleff-Dunn. Mulan's star has been in the film industry for over a decade.While Yifei has starred primarily in overseas releases, notably as Zon Yu in 2015's The Third Way of Love and as Diao Chan alongside Chow Yun-Fat in 2012's The Assassins.. She has appeared in western releases as well -- most notably, her role in the 2008 action film The Forbidden Kingdom, a film where she performed alongside Jackie … Mulan is a limited-time character released with Mulan Event Update on 25th January 2017, and is a part of the Mulan character collection. Animating the character in her male disguise as "Ping" offered an unprecedented challenge for Henn. Fascinated by Hua Mulan's story,[3] San Souci suggested the poem to Disney;[2] the studio hired San Souci himself to write the film's treatment and story. Of all girls surveyed, 8% said they would have to change their hair or skin color to become a princess, stating things like they would "change from brown skin to white skin", for example. From the first frame all the way through the end of the movie, her personality, her drive it all stays the same. "[65] In contribution to the book Beyond Adaptation: Essays on Radical Transformations of Original Works, Lan Dong wrote, "Even though Mulan achieves success after she resumes her female self ... it is compromised by Mulan and Li Shang's potential engagement at the end of the film. Their romantic relationship becomes somewhat strained during the trip, as the romantic couple has differing views on various issues. … Mulan is sentenced to death, and Shang, the macho man of the film, ultimately gets to decide her fate. 1 Setting and areas 2 Story … In the upcoming 2020 live-action film, the Fa family name will be changed to Hua (花), the traditional surname of the legendary Mulan on whom the films are based. With Mulan's help, Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po pose as concubines, and are able to enter the palace. To add insult to injury, at the end of the film, Shang fixes up his shattered ego by claiming Mulan as a suitor. [10], Mulan served as Wen's first voice-acting role. Yifei Liu, Actress: Mulan. Kingdom Hearts II features a world based on the film, "The Land of Dragons", … Meanwhile, Mushu realizes that if Mulan marries Shang, she will not need him anymore as her guardian spirit, and decides to trick the two into breaking up. Fight for the Kingdom (5:43) 16. Conclusively, Wallace wrote, "it's too bad that in the end she still needs to be married off to a 'Prince Charming' who saves the day. During the avalanche, Mulan's helmet gets blown off and Shang's horse disappears but are both seen later in the film. In an interview with IGN, the actress elaborated on the recording process, specifically the fact that she was required to record the majority of the character's dialogue in isolation, saying, "I just loved the story so much and identified so much with the character of Mulan it was easy for me. As the standard of the period, Mulan is urged to uphold her family honor by adhering to the status quo set for women of the time. "[73] The Georgia Institute of Technology ranked Mulan the fourteenth greatest Disney character of all-time. "[25], Henn revealed that he was drawn to "Mulan's story [because it] was so unique and compelling that it just captivated me from the beginning". chops down his father's beloved cherry tree, Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, "Linasia's Exclusive Interview with Robert D. San Souci", "Tony Bancroft on 'Mulan': 'I Want to Bring Christian-Based Values to All My Work, "The Mulan FAQ – How was the story changed? "[9] Born and raised in Macau, China, Wen was very much familiar with both the legend of Hua Mulan and the Ballad of Mulan at the time of her audition for the role, having grown up being read the poem by her mother. Mulan appears in the Square Enix and Disney video game Kingdom Hearts II in the Land of the Dragons world, with Ming-Na Wen reprising her role. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. The characteristics of strength and courage were a must for Mulan. The only child of an aging war veteran, Mulan disregards both tradition and the law by disguising herself as a man in order to enlist herself in the army in lieu of her feeble father. The live-action remake of the 1998 animated original, stars Liu Yifei (known for The Forbidden Kingdom) in the titular role. Take your place, Mulan. Although she is technically not a princess, Mulan is an official member of the, Comedian Margaret Cho referred to a fish and rice diet a tabloid (falsely) reported her adhering to as being "so. Mulan was originally conceived as an animated short in 1994, in which a miserable Chinese girl elopes to the West to be with a British prince. But Mulan has it both ways, since inevitably Mulan's heart goes pitty-pat over Shang, the handsome young captain she's assigned to serve under. Twitter. Even as Mulan is being praised and cheered in the Forbidden City after she almost single-handedly saves China (this time, as a woman), at the end of the film, the audience is reminded that Mulan is really just another woman looking for a man. "[24] In addition to Mulan, Henn was also responsible for animating Fa Zhou, Mulan's elderly father. Fa Mulan/Shan Yu; Fa Mulan (Kingdom Hearts) Sephiroth (Kingdom Hearts) Li Shang (Kingdom Hearts) Where Was Sephiroth in KH3? On the official Disney Princess website, the character's brief biography reads, "Mulan is a loving girl who is always brave and bold. [17] The writers wanted Mulan to represent a "different kind of Disney heroine," specifically described as one who "didn't need a tiara, but was still just as much as graceful, strong, and courageous. "[52] Similarly, Margaret A. McGurk of The Cincinnati Enquirer lauded Mulan for "solv[ing] her G.I. However, von Tunzelmann did conclude more positively, "as Disney heroines go, Mulan herself is a clear improvement on the standard-issue drippy princess. Disney; Disney Dining; Disney Family; Disney Kids; Disney News; Disney Plus; DIY Disney Crafts; Social Media ; X Entertainment News; Disney’s Mulan Watch Party Menu – Kingdom Kitchen Series. The rocket strikes, and propels him into a fireworks launching tower, where he dies in the resulting explosion. Disney's live-action Mulan movie includes numerous well-known big-screen martial artists in its cast. [36], Mulan is the eighth official member of the Disney Princess franchise,[37] a media franchise marketed towards young girls. Mulan resides in a small Chinese village with her father, her mother, and her wisecracking grandmother (whom Mulan takes after). That evening, Mulan takes her father's old armor and disguises herself as a boy named Ping, enlisting in the army on his behalf. Like its name Double-Edged, although it increases the damage we cause to neutral units and that we receive, Mulan will not be much affected by the debuff of this talent thanks to its great resistance of … Rise up. Klein commented, "Mulan isn't waiting for her prince to someday come; when he does arrive, having known her primarily as a man, and having learned to admire her for her deeper qualities, the romance is muted and subtle. Set in China during the Han dynasty, Mulan follows Hua Mulan, a rebellious young woman who disguises herself as a man and enlists in the … It is implied t… "[56] Similarly, Moira Macdonald of The Seattle Times hailed Mulan as "a strong, engaging character who, unlike many of her Disney counterparts, needs no one to rescue her from danger," while questioning her personality, asking, "was it really necessary to bestow Mulan with self-esteem problems? She is inspired by the legendary Hua Mulan from the Chinese poem The … Her speaking voice is provided by actress Ming-Na Wen, while singer Lea Salonga provides the character's singing voice. Very pretty. Mulan makes cameo appearances in the Disney's House of Mouse television series and the direct-to-video release Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse. [42] Mulan is the 7th Disney princess to appear on the show. 1 Background 1.1 Members 2 Appearances 2.1 Mulan 2.2 Mulan II 3 Trivia 4 Gallery 4.1 Mulan 4.2 Mulan II 5 References In the films, the ancestors serve as guardians of … Desiring to see Mulan succeed, Mushu creates a fake order from Shang's father, General Li, ordering Shang to follow the main imperial army into the mountains. The film isn't very subtle in reinforcing the idea of equality between the sexes". [15] While auditioning for Mulan, Salonga asked jokingly, "Why do I have to audition? Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. "[24] Physically, Mulan was also designed to appear less feminine than preceding traditional Disney animated heroines, specifically Pocahontas from Pocahontas (1995) and Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), because "you can't pass as a man in the army with a Barbie-style figure. "[11] The directors hired Filipina singer and actress Lea Salonga to dub the character's respective singing voice, heard in the film's songs "Reflection", "I'll Make a Man Out of You" and "A Girl Worth Fighting For",[12] on Wen's behalf. On the Disney Cruise Line ships and in Hong Kong Disneyland, Mulan and Li Shang appear in the stage show The Golden Mickeys. Jamie Lee McIntyre-September 3, 2020. The study revealed that in the group of girls ranging from 3 to 6 years old, 30.6% of the group would change their physical appearance if they could. Mulan’s story, and name, were also influential in the establishment of the martial art of Mulan Quan (also Mulan Hua Ja Quan) which combines tai chi with dance, Kung Fu, and other arts to create a unique form of self-defense and personal improvement. "[16], The film's screenplay was constantly being revised and re-written. Fa Mulan is the recruit that Sora, Donald and Goofy meet at the start of the Land of Dragons world, at which they help her to save China from Heartless and to clean her name.. Mushu, on the other hand, is the dragon that has supported Sora far earlier on in other adventures.. He described the complex relationship between the two characters as "the emotional heart of the story". "[67] Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times observed the way in which Mulan's role in the film as "an independent, not completely boy-crazy heroine is somewhat new for Disney. "Ping" had been doing an even better job than Shang, but when Shang finds out Ping is a woman, his stupid male ego breaks on impact. The discipline is intended to encourage the confidence, strength, and grace of Mulan in modern-day practitioners and is only one of the many … "[72], In 2012, CNN's Stephanie Goldberg recognized Mulan as one of Disney's bravest and most heroic animated heroines to-date in her article "Brave's Merida and other animated heroines," writing, "Mulan bent traditional gender roles when she took her father's place in the Chinese army. [59] Additionally, some critics, such as Alex von Tunzelmann of The Guardian, have criticized Mulan for her violence, writing, "Disney struggles to make Mulan both a killer and a heroine ... Gingerly, the film attempts to tread a middle path, implying that Mulan annihilates most of the Hun army by causing an avalanche, and having her dispatch Shan Yu with a load of fireworks. To protect her father, Mulan decides to enter the army in her father's place by posing as a man… Return to the Village (1:33) 18. Mulan is Very Competant; What-If; Ficlet; Short One Shot; Summary. Reception towards Mulan's personality has been generally positive, with critics praising her bravery and heroism.
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