Mulan (1998 film)

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Mulan is a 1998 Disney film about a young maiden who secretly goes in her father's place to join the army and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process. It is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. It is like The Emperor's New Groove.

Directed by Tony Bancro and Barry Cook. Written by Robert D. San Souci and Rita Hsiao.
The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.


  • [in a man's voice] Ha! I see you have a sword! I have one too! [draws sword] They're very manly and... tough! [drops sword]

The Emperor[edit]

  • A single grain of rice can tip the scale. One man may be the difference between victory and defeat.


Great Ancestor: [motioning to a bronze dragon] Mushu, awaken.
[The statue shakes and smokes, and Mushu emerges.]
Mushu: I live! So, tell me, what mortal need my protection, Great Ancestor. You just say the word, and I'm there.
Great Ancestor: Mushu.
Mushu: And let me say something, anyone's who foolish to threaten our family- vengeance will be mine!
Great Ancestor: Mushu! These are the family guardians. They...
Mushu: Protect the family.
Great Ancestor: And you, O Demoted One?
Mushu: I bang the gong.
Great Ancestor: That's right. Now wake up the ancestors.
Mushu: One family reunion, coming right up. Okay, people, people, look alive! Let's go, come on, get up! Let's move it! Rise and shine! You all way past the beauty sleep thing!
Woman: I knew it, I knew it! That Mulan was troublemaker from the start!
Man: Don't look at me, she gets it from your side of the family.
Baby: She's just trying to help her father.
Man: [holding an abacus] But if she's discovered, Fa Zhou will be forever shamed. Dishonor will come to the family. Traditional values will disintegrate.
Farmer: Not to mention, they'll lose to farm.
Woman: My children never caused such trouble, they all became acupuncturists!
Man: Well, we can't all be acupuncturists.
Older Lady: No! Your great-granddaughter had to be a cross-dresser!
[The ancestors start arguing]
Man: Let the guardian bring her back. Yes! Awaken the most cunning. No! The swiftest!
Woman: No, send the wisest!
Great Ancestor: Silence! We must send the most powerful of all.
Mushu: [laughs] Okay, okay, I get the drift, I'll go.
[The ancestors look at Mushu and laugh.]
Mushu: Well, y'all don't think I can do it? Watch this here! [blows a tiny flame] Ah-hah! Jump back, I'm pretty hot. But I don't have to singe nobody to prove no point.
Great Ancestor: You had your chance to protect the Fa Family.
Older Lady: Your misguidance led Fa Deng to disaster!
[Fa Deng sits nearby, holding his severed head.]
Fa Deng: Yeah. Thanks a lot.
Great Ancestor: The point is we will be sending the real dragon to retrieve Mulan.
Mushu: What? What? I'm a real dragon!
Great Ancestor: You're not even worthy of this thought! [Grabs Mushu and throws him outside.] Now, awaken the Great Stone Dragon!
Mushu: So you'll get back to me on the job thing. [Mushu's gong is thrown and hits him in the face.]

Mushu: Get ready, Mulan! Your serpentine salvation is at hand! For I have been sent by your ancestors to guide you through your masquerade! So heed my word! 'Cause if the army finds out you're a girl, the penalty is DEATH!
Mulan: Who are you?
Mushu: Who am I? Who am I? I am the guardian of your soul! I am the powerful, the pleasurable, the indestructible Mushu.
[Mushu comes out from behind the rocks; Khan immediately tramples him. Mulan moves Khan away and looks curiously at Mushu]
Mulan: My ancestors sent a little lizard to help me?
Mushu: Dragon! Dragon! Not lizard. I don't do that tongue thing.
[Mushu sticks out his tongue and waves it about to show that he is indeed a dragon and not a lizard]
Mulan: You're... um...
Mushu: Intimidating? Awe-inspiring?
Mulan: Tiny.
Mushu: Of course! I'm travel size for your convenience! If I was my real size, your cow here would die of fright! [Khan snaps at him] Down, Bessie. My powers are beyond your mortal imagination. For instance, my eyes can see straight through your armor. [Mulan slaps him] Alright, that's it! Dishonor! Dishonor on your whole family! [To Cri-kee] Make a note of this. [To Mulan] Dishonor on you! Dishonor on your cow! Dis-
Mulan: I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I'm just nervous. I've never done this before.
Mushu: Then you're gonna have to trust me! And don't you slap me no more. We clear on that? [Mulan nods] Okay, let's get this show on the road! Cri-kee, get the bags! Let's move it, heifer! [Khan snorts]

Hun Soldier: Imperial Scouts.
[The Huns' leader turns around and lowers his hood]
Scout #1: Shan Yu.
Shan Yu: Nice work, gentlemen. You've found the Hun Army.
[The Huns laugh]
Scout #2: The Emperor will stop you!
Shan Yu: Stop me? He invited me. [grabs Scout #2’s throat] Now by building his Wall, he challenged my strength. Well, I'm here to play his game. Go! [throws Scout #2 back on the ground] Tell your Emperor to send his strongest armies. I'm ready. [the two Scouts get up and run] How many men does it take to deliver a message?
Hun Archer: [draws an arrow and taking aim] One.

[Mulan, disguised as Fa Ping, arrives at the army camp.]
Mulan: They're disgusting.
Mushu: No, they're men. And you're gonna have to act just like them, so pay attention.
Recruit: Look, this tattoo will protect me from harm!
[Yao punches the recruit]
Ling: [laughing] I hope you can get your money back!
Mulan: I don't think I can do this.
Mushu: It's all attitude. Be tough, like this guy here.
Yao: [spits] What are you looking at?
Mushu: Punch him. It's how men say hello.
[Mulan punches Yao, he slams into Chien Po]
Chien Po: Oh, Yao. You've made a friend.
Mushu: Good. Now slap him behind. They like that.
[Mulan does so]
Yao: Woo hoo hoo! I'm gonna hit you so hard, it'll make your ancestors dizzy!
Chien Po: [picks up Yao] Yao, relax and chant with me.
[Yao growls]
Chien Po: [chanting] Nanuami tofu dah.
Yao: [chanting] Nanuamitofudah. [muttering gibberish]
Chien Po: Feel better?
Yao: Yeah. Ah, you ain't worth my time. Chicken boy.
Mushu: Chicken boy? Say that to my face, you limp noodle!

[Chi Fu is storming from the lake with a towel wrapped around him and one slipper missing]
Chi Fu: Insubordinate ruffians... You men owe me a new pair of slippers! And I do not squeal like a girl...
[A panda, ridden by Mushu, who is disguised as a messenger, appears and eats Chi Fu's other slipper. Chi Fu squeals like a girl]
Mushu: Urgent news from the General! [Chi Fu eyes the panda warily] What's the matter? Never seen a black-and-white before?
Chi Fu: Who are you?
Mushu: Excuse me? I think the question is: who are you? We're in a war, man! There's no time for stupid questions! I should have your hat for that; snatch it right off your head! But I'm feeling gracious today, so, carry on before I report you!
[Chi Fu reads the message and looks around for the messenger, but he has disappeared. Chi Fu rushes off to show the message to Captain Shang]
Chi Fu: Captain, urgent news from the General! We're needed at the front!
Mushu: Pack your bags, Cri-kee. We’re moving out!

Emperor: I've heard a great deal about you, Fa Mulan. You stole your father's armor, ran away from home. Impersonated a soldier, deceived your commanding officer, dishonored the Chinese Army, destroyed my palace! And... You have saved us all.
[The Emperor of China bows to Mulan; Chi Fu, Captain Shang, Ling, Yao, Chien-Po and the entire gathered crowd do the same]
Emperor: Chi Fu.
Chi Fu: Your Excellency?
Emperor: See to it that this woman is made a member of my council.
Chi Fu: But- uh- there are no council positions open, Your Majesty.
Emperor: Very well. [to Mulan] You can have his job.
Chi Fu: Wha-? I- [faints]
Mulan: With all due respect, Your Excellency, I think I've been away from home long enough.
Emperor: [takes off his personal crest] Then take this, so your family will know what you have done for me. [gives her the sword of Shan Yu] And this, so the world will know what you have done for China.
[Mulan embraces the Emperor]
Yao: Is she allowed to do that?
[after also hugging Yao, Ling and Chien-Po, Mulan approaches Shang]
Shang: Um... You... You fight good.
Mulan: [disappointed] Oh. Thank you.
[Mulan leaves; the Emperor walks up next to Shang]
Emperor: The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.
Shang: Sir?
Emperor: You don't meet a girl like that every dynasty! [looks pointedly at Shang, then leaves]

Grandmother Fa: Pfft. She brings home a sword. If you ask me, she should've brought home a ma-
Shang: Excuse me. Does Fa Mulan live here? [Mother Fa and Grandmother Fa stare at Shang, then point in toward the house] Thank you.
Grandmother Fa: Woo! Sign me up for the next war!
Mulan: [to Shang] Would you like to stay for dinner?
Grandmother Fa: [Calling from across the yard] Would you like to stay forever?
Shang: Dinner would be great.

About Mulan (1998 film)[edit]

  • Mulan is an impressive achievement, with a story and treatment ranking with Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.
    • Roger Ebert, in his 3.5-star review of Mulan, dated June 19, 1998
  • Despite her delicate features and voice. Disney expects us to believe that Mulan’s ingenuity and courage were enough to carry her to military success on an equal basis with her cloddish cohorts.
  • You see, now stay with me on this, many young men find many young women to be attractive sexually. Many young women find many young men to be attractive sexually. Put them together, in close quarters, for long periods of time, and things will get interesting. Just like they eventually did for young Mulan. Moral of story: women in military, bad idea.

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