Week 7: Mulan (1998)

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Mulan has always been a special Disney movie to me. In 1997, my younger brother was granted his wish by The Children’s Wish Foundation and we traveled as a family to Disney World. During one of our tours there, we toured the animation studios. The movie they were working on at the time was Mulan and I was able to see how the drawings of Mushu would be put together to make him move. I loved it and was fascinated by it – it was so difficult waiting over a year before the movie came out in theaters! Put this personal connection together with my fascination with Asia and Asian history and Mulan is way up there on my list of favourite Disney movies.

Plot Summary: To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China’s greatest heroines in the process. (www.imdb.com)

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Fun Fact: This was the first full length movie animated only at the Florida animation studio. (www.imdb.com)

Favourite Character: Mulan. Mushu is one of my very favourite animal sidekicks, too.

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Favourite Song: Reflection (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A_Rl8aQxII)

Make a Man Out of You (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSS5dEeMX64)

Quotable Quotes:

A single grain of rice can tip the scale. One man may be the difference between victory and defeat.

I’m doomed! And all ‘cause Miss Man decided to take her drag show on the road!

Dishonour on your whole family! Dishonour on you! Dishonour on your cow!

Oh! I think my bunny slippers just ran for cover.

There’s a couple things I KNOW they’re bound to notice!

I knew we could do it. You the man! Well, sorta.

We started this thing together and that’s how we’ll finish it. Promise.

Let’s go kick some Hunny buns!

No matter how the wind howls, the mountain cannot bow to it.

The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.

You don’t meet a girl like that every dynasty.

The greatest gift and honour is having you for a daughter.

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Final Thoughts:

Your destiny might not be what you or your family expect it to be. Maybe you’re meant for something completely unique and different. Each of us has our difference to make.

5 Mickeys out of 5:

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Next Week’s Movie: The Princess and the Frog

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