The original MULAN (1998) was heralded for adding a spunky heroine to the Disney canon of distressed princesses, but despite its excellent voice cast, this sequel merely apes the success of live-action martial arts films. China's first feminist, Mulan (Ming Na), postpones her wedding plans to fellow warrior Shang (B.D. Wong) when they're summoned by the Emperor (Pat Morita) to serve as bodyguards for his three daughters, Mei (Lucy Liu), Su (Lauren Tom) and Ting Ting (Sandra Oh). To avoid internecine rivalry and forge a united front against the Mongols, the Emperor has betrothed his daughters to the sons of a warlord in a far-off kingdom. To safeguard the royal travelers, Shang hires his old reliables, Yao (Harvey Fierstein), Ling (Gedde Watanabe) and Chien Po (Jerry Tondo). Though uninvited, Mulan's meddlesome guardian dragon, Mushu (Mark Moseley), tags along; because the ghosts of Mulan's ancestors have revealed that her marriage means a pink slip for Mushu, the selfish creature decides to break up Mulan and Shang's relationship. Although the haughty princesses remain aloof from their escorts, they eventually develop feelings for them. A sucker for true love, Mulan squabbles with Shang, who reminds her to stick to their diplomatic assignment. Adept at mimicry, Mushu dupes Shang with a shadow-puppet play in which Mulan seems to be mocking her fiance; quarrels erupt. After bandits attack the royal coach and abduct Mei, Shang sacrifices himself to rescue her. Mourning for her estranged beau, a crestfallen Mulan delivers the brides-to-be. Mulan offers herself in wedlock in place of the three love-struck princesses, and the the warlord releases Mei, Su and Ting Ting from their vows. But what if Shang is still alive? Screenwriters Chris Parker, Roger S. H. Schulman and Michael Lucker add too much mush to this familiar commoner-meets-royalty storyline, but the weakest aspect of this all-singing, all-dancing, all kung-fu action, all the time cartoon is the comic relief provided by Moseley's Mushu, a highly resistible Eddie Murphy sound-alike.
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- Released: 2005
- Rating: G
- Review: The original MULAN (1998) was heralded for adding a spunky heroine to the Disney canon of distressed princesses, but despite its excellent voice cast, this sequel merely apes the success of live-action martial arts films. China's first feminist, Mulan (Min… (more)