Mulan (1998, USA) C-88m. *** D: Barry Cook, Tony Bancroft. Starring (the voices of) Ming-Na Wen, Lea Salonga, Eddie Murphy, B.D. Wong, Donny Osmond, Harvey Fierstein, Miguel Ferrer, Pat Morita, George Takei, James Hong. Entertaining and funny animated feature from Disney, turning an ancient Chinese legend into a dramatic powerhouse of epic scope. Chinese girl Mulan defends the honor of her crippled father by enlisting in the army to fight in the war against the terrible Huns. Plotting is not perfect, but dramatic scenes and hilarious situations (mostly springing from Mulan's mini-dragon Mushu) make this a satisfying view. Score by Jerry Goldsmith. Followed by a video sequel in 2004.

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