19 June 2018; “Mulan” (1998) Throwback

Get ready for today’s…Blast from the Past!

From directors Barry Cook and Tony Bancroft, comes this delightful animated classic…

The Emperor of China: “The flower that blooms in adversity, is the most rare and beautiful of all.”

“Mulan” released on this day June 19th 1998, making the film 20 years old as of today.

Based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the film centers on the titular young woman (voiced by Ming-Na Wen) who disguises herself as a man, and takes her father’s place in the army.

Fun fact; the film earned an Oscar nomination for Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score – Matthew Wilder (music), David Zippel (lyrics), and Jerry Goldsmith (orchestral score).

The film was also nominated by the AFI (American Film Institute) to be in the following list, AFI’s 10 Top 10 Animation Films.

Some of the film’s highlights include the themes, such as tradition vs free will, usage of traditional animation, story, cast such as Oscar nominee Pat Morita (who you may know as the karate teacher in the 1984 film “The Karate Kid”), voice performances, such as Oscar nominee Eddie Murphy’s take on the comical dragon Mushu, characters, Oscar winner Jerry Goldsmith’s powerful music score, and sound editing.

If you are looking for charming animated flick, then this is for you, or for anyone you know, who likes the aforementioned aspects.

Highly recommended to fans of animation, Disney, and feminism.

Poster source: IMP (Internet Movie Poster) Awards.
Poster design and artwork: Unknown.