Mulan

Synopsis: Fearful that her ailing father will be drafted into the Chinese military, Mulan (Ming-Na Wen) takes his spot -- though, as a girl living under a patriarchal regime, she is technically unqualified to serve. She cleverly impersonates a man and goes off to train with fellow recruits. Accompanied by her dragon, Mushu (Eddie Murphy), she uses her smarts to help ward off a Hun invasion, falling in love with a dashing captain along the way.
Production: Buena Vista
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 20 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.6
Metacritic:
71
Rotten Tomatoes:
86%
G
Year:
1998
88 min
2,069 Views


Soldier:

Ah! [The hawk lets out a call. The soldier walks over to the edge of the wall. A hook comes flying up, followed by many more.]

Soldier:

[Running back to his post] We're under attack! Light the signal!

The door opens, revealing a couple of Huns. The soldier climbs up the ladder.

Soldier:

[lighting the signal with a torch, while staring at the Hun leader; other signals go on all the way along the Great Wall] Now all of China knows you're here.

Shan Yu:

[picking up a flag and toasting it in the signal fire] Perfect.

***

The Chinese General and two soldiers walk into the Emperor's chamber and bow.

General:

Your Majesty, the Huns have crossed our Northern Border.

Chi Fu:

Impossible! No one can get through the Great Wall! [He is silenced with a raised hand from the Emperor]

General:

Shan Yu is leading them. We'll set up defenses around your palace immediately.

Emperor:

No! [Standing up] Send your troops to protect my people! Chi Fu!

Chi Fu:

Yes, your Highness.

Emperor:

Deliver conscription notices throughout all the provinces. Call up reserves, and as many new recruits as possible.

General:

Forgive me, your Majesty, but I believe my troops can stop him.

Emperor:

I won't take any chances, General. A single grain of rice can tip the scale; one man may be the difference between victory and defeat.

***

Mulan:

[Using chopsticks to balance a grain of rice]

Quiet and demure ... graceful, polite, delicate, refined, poised ...

[she picks up a paintbrush and makes a mark on her arm] ... punctual!

[A rooster crows] Aaiee!

[Blowing on her arm] Little brother! Little brother! Little-- [she glances down at a sleeping dog on the floor]

Ah! There you are! [The dog wakes up]

Who's the smartest doggy in the world? C'mon, smart boy! Can you help me with my chores today? [she ties a sack of chicken feed to his back, complete with a pole and a bone attached. Little Brother immediately chases the bone, running promptly into a wall and then out the door, scattering grain everywhere.]

Fa Zu:

[praying] Honorable Ancestors ... please help Mulan impress the Matchmaker today. [Little Brother, followed by a herd of chickens, bursts into the family temple.] Please, please help her.

Mulan:

Father, I brought you some ... Whoop! [bangs into Fa Zu, he catches the tea pot on his cane while the cups hit the ground and shatter]

Fa Zu:

Mulan ...

Mulan:

I brought a spare!

Fa Zu:

Mulan ...

Mulan:

Remember, the doctor said three cups of tea in the morning ...

Fa Zu:

Mulan.

Mulan:

... and three at night.

Fa Zu:

Mulan. You should already be in town. We're counting on you to ...

Mulan:

Uphold the family honor. Don't worry, Father. I won't let you down. Wish me luck!

Fa Zu:

Hurry! I'm going to ... pray some more.

In town

Woman #1:

Fa Li, where is your daughter? The Matchmaker is not a patient woman.

Fa Li:

Of all the days to be late! I should have prayed to the ancestors for luck.

Granny Fa:

How lucky can they be? They're dead. Besides, I've got all the luck we'll need. [Holds up a wicker cage with a cricket inside.] This is your chance to prove yourself. [She closes her eyes and steps off the sidewalk.]

Fa Li:

Grandma! No!

Granny Fa walks across the street; vehicles crash, but she emerges unharmed.

Granny Fa:

Yup! This cricket's a lucky one! [Fa Li sighs.]

Mulan comes riding up on Khan, and hops off.

Mulan:

I'm here! [looks at her mother] What? But, Mama, I had to--

Fa Li:

None of your excuses. Now, let's get you cleaned up.

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Chris Sanders

Christopher Michael "Chris" Sanders (born March 9, 1962) is an American animation director and illustrator best known for co-writing and directing the Disney animated feature Lilo & Stitch (2002) and DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon (2010), and providing the voice of one of the title characters from the former. After leaving Walt Disney Animation Studios, Sanders went on to work for DreamWorks Animation, co-writing and directing the critically acclaimed animated feature film How to Train Your Dragon. His recent work is serving as director and co-writer on The Croods, along with Kirk DeMicco. Now, Sanders and DeMicco are both working on The Croods 2, a sequel to the film. more…

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