A girl who’s neither as white as snow nor lips as red as rose. A girl who neither waits for a prince in a chariot nor a knight in a shining armor to save her from her life full of distress. A girl that is unlike any cliché princesses; a valiant warrior ready to protect the people she loves, a candid citizen that voices out her rights, a responsible daughter who’s willing to sacrifice for her family’s sake, and a damsel who is true to her heart. That is Mulan, the girl worth fighting for.
Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical action-comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. It is Disney’s 36th animated feature that were directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook. In the world of men where women are labelled as weak and fragile, Mulan became a dauntless fighter in her slated sword and heavy armor in order to protect her family. Without a doubt Mulan opted to be a substitute in the Chinese warrior for her ill father. The story of Mulan teaches the society today the equality among men and women. This not just for the Chinese community but also to the world. History is a witness of the massive discrimination in disseminating power between man and woman. The capabilities and talents of women are in clandestine because of fear of rejection and judgement from this patriarchal society. Up to this day we can’t deny the fact that some of us still share the same unjust belief. The story of this simple animated 2d movie was able to show that in any aspects of life, it may be in the form of strength or intelligence men and women could all be equal. Mulan showed that even a fragile girl like her can learn her ways to the world of men, can train herself to become a warrior stronger than the other men. The movie sets an example that gender is never a measure of someone’s worth or competency, determination and hard work can always defeat the impossible. Labeling is never for equality but a barricade for the people subject to discrimination of the majority.
Mulan is entitled to be a girl that is true to heart and herself. It may be confusing to give her that title when in fact she pretended to be a man and disappointed her parents for being not the girl she was expected to be. Well, she deserve it simply because my beloved readers she is brave enough to amend for her mistakes, sacrifice herself for the sake of others even for China who doesn’t recognized it at all, and she knows she can do all things when she put her mind and heart through it.
Overall the movie is great and heart-whelming. I gave my salute to the directors of the movie, Cook and Bancroft, and to the 700 animators who had sleepless nights just to produce this prodigious movie. You all just proved that fairy tales aren’t just entertainment for kids but also a lesson for everyone.
Director Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook
Genre Animation, Action, Family, Drama, Adventure, Musical, War, Martial Arts, Fantasy, Comedy-drama
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.