Reviews and Problems with Mulan / Mulan II (Mulan movie collection)
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Mulan I & II 2-Movie Collection (Blu-ray Review)
8 April 2013
Conclusion: The first movie is an easy one to recommend as the animation looks fantastic, the voice acting is very good, and it has a fairly serious story that’s punctuated with some laughs, mostly from Eddie Murphy’s Mushu. Mulan II on the other hand, is not recommended for all of the reasons I mentioned above. While Mulan isn’t one of my favorite Disney movies, I still liked it more than some of their other releases at the time.
Conclusion: I find 'Mulan' to be one of the best second-tier animated Disney titles. It forgoes the standard prince saves princess routine and instead opts for a story where a female lead does most of the saving. It's a good contrast piece to the rest of Disney's collection of princess movies. Let's just forget that this release also comes with the ridiculous sequel, shall we? 'Mulan' is presented with stellar video and close to perfect audio.
Conclusion: Though Disney's musical formula was not drawing and delighting crowds in the late '90s to the extent it had a few years earlier, it remained a reliable blueprint for praiseworthy entertainment. I consider Mulan the least of the studio's musical cartoons that productive decade, yet would still easily recommend it over most of its live-action contemporaries and many family films from other eras.
Conclusion: Mulan is a flawed but noble Disney Renaissance warrior, with a compelling empowered princess, invigorating battles and a blast-from-the-past Disney beastie by the name of Mushu. Mulan II , though, is merely flawed. It diminishes its title character, loses sight of the things that make the first film so enjoyable and falls flat on its face when it comes to its action sequences and songs.