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Mulan Details


Inspired by a familiar Chinese folk tale, this $90 million animated Disney drama follows the adventures of a young woman in ancient China. Character animator Tony Bancroft and 17-year Disney veteran Barry Cook ( Tron, ) formed the directing team with production design by Hans Bacher (), and work on the film began 2 January 1995 under the working title The Legend of 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'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'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 (B.D. 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 was the first Disney feature from the company's 200,000-square-foot Orlando facility (now known as Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida). ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:June 19, 1998


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jerry Goldsmith Best Musical or Comedy Score 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Zippel Best Musical or Comedy Score 1998 Nominee


Ming-Na Wen
as Mulan
Lea Salonga
as Mulan (singing)
Eddie Murphy
as Mushu
B.D. Wong
as Shang
Donny Osmond
as Shang (singing)
Harvey Fierstein
as Yao
Jerry Tondo
as Chien-Po
Gedde Watanabe
as Ling
James Hong
as Chi Fu
Miguel Ferrer
as Shan-Yu
Soon-Teck Oh
as Fa Zhou
Freda Foh Shen
as Fa Li
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita
as The Emperor
June Foray
as Grandmother Fa
Miriam Margolyes
as Grandmother Fa (singing)
James Shigeta
as General Li
Frank Welker
as Khan


Barry Cook
Tony Bancroft
Pam Coats
Raymond Singer
Rita Hsiao
Philip Lazebnik
Eugenia Bostwick-Singer
David Zippel
Jerry Goldsmith
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Kelly
Hans Bacher
Production Designer
Ric Sluiter
Art Director
Kendra Haaland
Associate Producer
Robert S. Garber
Associate Producer
Pres Romanillos
Ruth Lambert