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Mulan II (2005)

A movie directed by Darrell Rooney and Lynne Southerland

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Mulan 2 ended up being a Fair Sequel

  • Jan 27, 2006
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I think this movie was okay and my daughter enjoyed it but not my son. I really like the first one more. I suppose its because the first had more action, humor and better songs. Mulan 2 had shown some heart and less humor. I think the directing and the wonderful script go a long way to make up for some of the animation quality and actually it's really only one scene in particular where the animation is only so-so. There are scenes that are breathtakingly beautiful like the images of rice paddies which look like beautiful pastel paintings. Mulan had grown from the first movie to this one. She seems to have learned life lessons and made choices in this film that show this growth. Yet she still remains the Mulan that we love who follows her heart. Sure, historically this movie is good but not the best.

On the other side(or downer side), mixing all the present-day attitudes with Ancient China just can't work out well and besides, that entire ruckus about finding your Prince Charming is getting a little bit old. After Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast etc etc etc, the first Mulan was a nice change; it was different and something new. And now they just had to make a sequel that tells the same old story over again. Nice going. Like I mention earlier the music wasn't as good as the first Mulan, even though I liked the princesses' song: 3.... it was catchy.

However, Mulan 2 did shows us the personality of the characters and it was such a sweet movie. I especially loved the part where Mulan was holding on to Shang and he falls down the mountain. Ming-Na did such an excellent job. If you're looking for something new and special like the first Mulan, don't watch Mulan II, it will disappoint you. But if you just want to see another one of those Disney movies we all love, give it a go.

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With less drama and more slapstick than its predecessor, Disney'sMulan IIcontinues 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. (Ages 6 and older)--Lynn Gibson
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Genre: Family
Release Date: 2004
MPAA Rating: G
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2005
Runtime: 79 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
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