Monday, 21 April 2014

Mulan Review








Mulan


Release Date: 3rd September 1998 - Australia


Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Feature Animation

Distribution
Walt Disney Studios Motion 
Pictures Australia


Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 88 minutes


Budget: $90,000,000

Box Office Gross: $304,320,254
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Clever Mulan proves her 
worth outside of her 
tradition bound society 
when, disguised as a 
male solider "Ping" 
she bravely fakes her 
father's place in the 
Imperial Army. Helped 
by her outrageously 
funny guardian Mushu 
and a lucky cricket 
named Cri-Kee, 
Mulan strives to earn 
the respect of her 
fellow soldiers and 
their courageous 
Captain Shang. Mulan's 
adventures lead to a 
climatic battle atop 
the Imperial Palace, 
where her family's 
honor and the fate of 
the Emperor and all of 
China rest in her hands!


Voice Cast
Ming-Na - Mulan
Lea Salonga - Mulan (singing
voice)
Eddie Murphy - Mushu
BD Wong - Shang
Miguel Ferrer - Shan Yu
Donny Osmond - Shang
(singing voice)
Harvey Fierstein - Yao
Soon Tek-Oh - Fa Zhou
June Foray - Grandmother Fa
Marni Nixon - Grandmother Fa
(singing voice)
George Takei - First Ancestor
James Hong - Chi Fu
Pat Morita - The Emperor
Miriam Margoyles - The
Matchmaker

Crew
Directors - Barry Cook and
Tony Bancroft
Story - Robert D. San Souci,
John Sanford, Tim Hodge,
Burny Mattinson, Barry
Johnson, Ed Gombert,
Chris Williams, Julius
Aguimatang, Lorna Cook,
Thom Enriquez, Joe Grant
and Floyd Norman
Story Supervisor/Screenplay -
Chris Sanders
Screenplay - Rita Hsiao, Philip
LaZebnik, Raymond & Eugenia
Bostwick-Singer
Production Designer - Hans Bacher
Background Supervisor - Robert E. Stanton
Computer Animation Supervisor - Eric Guaglione
Film Editor - Michael Kelly
Songs - Matthew Wilder
Lyrics - David Zippel
Music - Jerry Goldsmith


Awards

1999 Academy Awards
Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score -
Matthew Wilder, David Zippel and Jerry Goldsmith (Nominated)


Review
Nearly productive with a spirit and a fascinating Chinese backdrop that the late classic director David Lean should have been impressed. MULAN was based on a legendary Chinese poem and unlikely that the animated king Disney had to put the creative liberties on new ways of making that story as an animated musical and somehow the studio never gives up after trying so hard replicating movies with light-hearted and darker themes to largely appeal all audiences and reviewers. Unfortunately, the length of the film runs at a minimal 88 minutes long and does not deliver good value for the film goers buck. Other complaints indicate there weren't any enough war battles and the closing was too juvenile and unsurprising. On a positive note, the animation was delicate and detailed, some good moments like the title character constructs her disguise as a male solider and the avalanche scene.

I could not help but to gain an appreciation for hearing Jerry Goldsmith's well-conducted and bombastic score and I'm absolutely impressed. Also finally, I praise Eddie Murphy for putting his energetic vocals as the hilarious dragon Mushu and two of the feature's songs "Reflection" and "I'll Make a Man Out of You".

This movie is all but good, adding more moments of action could have saved the plot for MULAN. It just would set more in a greater scale as Disney's most achieving product, go buy or rent it on DVD stores and clearly enjoy it for the sake of honour or with the young ones.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie


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