Mulan Musical Masterpiece & Mulan 2 Double Pack DVD|
Mulan's story is based on a Chinese fable about a young girl who disguises herself as a man to help her family and her country. When the Huns attack China, a call to arms goes out to every village, and Mulan's father, being the only man in the family, accepts the call. Mulan (voiced by Ming-Na Wen, sung by Lea Salonga) has just made a disastrous appearance at the Matchmaker and decides to challenge society's expectations (being a bride). She steals her father's conscription notice, cuts her hair and impersonates a man to join the army. She goes to boot camp, learning to fit in with the other soldiers with some help from her sidekick, Mushu, a wise-cracking dragon (voiced by Eddie Murphy). She trains, and soon faces the Huns eye to eye to protect her Emperor. The film is gorgeous to look at, with a superior blend of classic and computer-generated animation. Directors Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook make the best of it: a battle in the snowy mountains is as thrilling as the best Hollywood action films. The menacing Huns are not cute but simple and bad. The wickedness is subtle, not disturbing. The film is not a fully fledged musical, as it has only five songs (the best, "Be a Man", is sung during boot camp). Eddie Murphy is an inspired choice for the comic-relief dragon, but his lines are not as clever as Robin Williams' in Aladdin. These are minor quibbles, though. The story is strong, and Mulan goes right to the top of Disney animated heroines; she has the right stuff. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.comMulan 2: With less drama and more slapstick than its predecessor, Disney's Mulan 2 continues the animated saga of the young Chinese heroine, Fa Mulan (voiced by Ming-Na Wen, sung by Lea Salonga). The story picks up one month after Mulan has saved her country through bravery and determination. Revered by all, she now returns to her village and becomes engaged to General Li Shang. Wedding plans must wait, however, when the Emperor assigns the couple to a secret mission to escort his three princess daughters across China where their arranged marriages to waiting princes will secure an alliance with a rival kingdom and save China from invasion. Meanwhile, Mulan's wise-cracking guardian dragon, Mushu (voiced by Mark Moseley), realizes that if Mulan's marriage takes place, he is out of a job and so he undertakes his "18-phase master plan" of relationship sabotage to breakup the happy couple. Most of the film's jokes come from Moseley's Mushu (as quick-witted as Eddie Murphy's earlier performance), while a trio of prankish soldiers provide additional comic relief. While the film's overall effort is not as sensational as the original, it offers solid family entertainment, healthy female role models, and a handful of catchy songs. --Lynn Gibsonfrom£5.99 | RRP:
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This collection includes two features MULAN - While the merciless Shan-Yu (Miguel Ferrer) leads invading Huns over the Great Wall young Mulan (Ming-Na Wen with singing by Lea Salonga) sees a matchmaker about her matrimonial future Mulan&39;s views on accepted marriage traditions prompt the ballad "Reflection" as she hopes for a recognition of her true self To repel the Huns a man from each family is required to join the Imperial Army When Mulan&39;s elderly father Fa Zhou (Soon-Tek Oh) volunteers she objects He warns "I know my place It is time you learned yours" Mulan however cuts her hair dresses as a man and is ready for military camp prompting the concern of her First Ancestor (George Takei) who converts an inanimate incense burner into the 18-inch high comedic dragon Mushu (Eddie Murphy) With Mushu hidden in her clothing she joins a group of raw recruits under the command of Captain Shang (BD Wong singing by Donny Osmond) During an ambush by the Huns in a mountain pass Mulan steps in to turn defeat into a victory MULAN 2 - Mulan gets engaged to General Shang Before they can begin a life of wedded bliss they must escort a trio of princesses to weddings of their own in order to facilitate a peace between warring nations Mulan begins to believe her mission may be less than noble upon discovering that the women are being forced into arranged marriages against their will Mulan ends up opposing her beloved General Shang in order to fight for what is right This MUSICAL MASTERPIECE edition includes the full-length original classic film plus sing-along and music modes
Double bill of Disney animated features set in Ancient China, following the adventures of the beautiful and spirited heroine Mulan. In 'Mulan' (1998), Ancient China faces invasion by the barbarian hordes of Shan-Yu, and calls all able-bodied men to arms to defend their Emperor. Young girl Mulan (voiced by Ming-Na Wen) disguises herself as a boy and joins up in her aged father's place, accompanied by her protectors: guardian dragon Mushu (Eddie Murphy) and lucky cricket Cri-kee. Mulan trains under the handsome Captain Shang (B.D. Wong, with Donny Osmond handling the singing), with whom she soon finds herself falling in love - and quickly shows herself to be a capable warrior. When Mulan is wounded in battle, however, the secret of her gender is discovered, and she faces exposure and disgrace. In the sequel, 'Mulan 2' (2004), General Shang has asked for Mulan's hand in marriage, but the happy couple's wedding preparations are hampered first by the mischievous Mushu, who tries to keep them apart for as long as possible in order to retain his job as Mulan's guardian dragon, and then by a secret mission in which Mulan and Shang are assigned to escort three princesses across China for their arranged marriages. But when Mulan discovers that the women aren't looking forward to their weddings, she boldly decides to take an alternative course of action - a decision that will alter the course of history.
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