Mulan II

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Mulan II
Mulan2DVD.jpg
DVD cover
Directed byDarrell Rooney
Lynne Southerland
Produced byJennifer Blohm
Screenplay byMichael Lucker
Chris Parker
Roger S.H. Schulman
StarringMing-Na
B.D. Wong
Mark Moseley
Lucy Liu
Harvey Fierstein
Sandra Oh
Gedde Watanabe
Lauren Tom
Jerry Tondo
Pat Morita
George Takei
June Foray
Freda Foh Shen
Soon-Tek Oh
Frank Welker
Jillian Henry
Christopher Lloyd
Music byJoel McNeely
Editing byPam Ziegenhagen
StudioSD Entertainment
Distributed byWalt Disney Pictures
Release dates
  • November 3, 2004 (2004-11-03) (premiere)
  • February 1, 2005 (2005-02-01) (United States)
Running time75 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
 
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Mulan II
Mulan2DVD.jpg
DVD cover
Directed byDarrell Rooney
Lynne Southerland
Produced byJennifer Blohm
Screenplay byMichael Lucker
Chris Parker
Roger S.H. Schulman
StarringMing-Na
B.D. Wong
Mark Moseley
Lucy Liu
Harvey Fierstein
Sandra Oh
Gedde Watanabe
Lauren Tom
Jerry Tondo
Pat Morita
George Takei
June Foray
Freda Foh Shen
Soon-Tek Oh
Frank Welker
Jillian Henry
Christopher Lloyd
Music byJoel McNeely
Editing byPam Ziegenhagen
StudioSD Entertainment
Distributed byWalt Disney Pictures
Release dates
  • November 3, 2004 (2004-11-03) (premiere)
  • February 1, 2005 (2005-02-01) (United States)
Running time75 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Mulan II is a 2004 American direct-to-video Disney animated film directed by Darrell Rooney and Lynne Southerland and is a sequel to the 1998 animated film Mulan (originally released in theaters). The entire cast from the first film returned, except for Eddie Murphy (Mushu), Miriam Margolyes (The Matchmaker), Chris Sanders (Little Brother) and Matthew Wilder (Ling's singing voice). Murphy and Margolyes were replaced by Mark Moseley and April Winchell, and Gedde Watanabe does his own singing for the sequel. Mulan II features Mulan and her new fiancé, General Li Shang on a special mission: escorting the Emperor's three daughters across the country to meet their soon-to-be fiancés. The film deals with arranged marriages, loyalty, relationships, making choices, trust, and finding true love.

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A month after the events of the first film, General Shang asks Mulan for her hand in marriage, which she accepts. Hearing about their engagement, Mushu is thrilled for them-until the leader of the ancestors informs him that if Mulan gets married, he will lose his job as a guardian dragon and have to leave her and his pedestal, his place of honor as a guardian. The reason for this is because Mulan would be getting married to Shang, thus she becomes a part of his family which requires her to have his family ancestors and guardians.

Wanting to keep his job and his friend, Mushu attempts to tear the couple apart (especially for selfish reasons, but, officially, because he sees that they are not very compatible). Meanwhile, the Emperor calls upon Mulan and General Shang to escort his three daughters- Princesses Mei, Ting-Ting, and Su across China to be betrothed to three princes so that an alliance can be formed with the kingdom of Qui Gong. If the task is not completed within three days, the alliance will crumble, and the Mongols will destroy China.

Mulan and Shang set out, along with Yao, Ling and Chien-Po (from the first film), to safely escort the princesses to their new kingdom. However, due to Mushu's interferences and the fact that the three princesses are upset by their arranged marriages and actually love Chien-Po, Ling, and Yao, Mulan decides to go against her orders and, despite Shang's wishes, stop the joining of kingdoms. One night, Chien-Po, Ling and Yao take the princesses out to a village where they impress the girls with their antics. Meanwhile, Mushu tricks Shang into thinking Mulan is taking advantage of him.

They then go through bandit country. Pressured by Cri-Kee, Mushu confesses to Mulan on what he had done. Enlightened about the news (yet mad at Mushu), Mulan tries to talk to Shang when bandits attack. While saving the three princesses, the bridge they are on breaks, and General Shang and Mulan are left dangling off a broken bridge. Since the rope can only support the weight of one person, Shang sacrifices his life to save Mulan and lets go of her hand, falling into the river.

Mulan then continues alone to Qui Gong. Not wanting the princesses to be forced into marriage, and because Shang is dead, she offers herself to marry one of the ruler's sons. Shang, who actually survived the fall, finds out about it and tries to stop her. Mushu decides to help by pretending to be the Great Golden Dragon of Unity, who forces the ruler to stop the marriage. Mulan and Shang get married and the princesses are released from their vows, again thanks to Mushu. At the end, Shang combines the family temples. This means that Mushu gets to keep his job, and in his happiness, he accidentally reveals himself to Shang, even though Mulan already told Shang about Mushu. Mulan, Shang, and Mushu live happily ever after.

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Soundtrack[edit]

Mulan II
Soundtrack album by various artists
ReleasedJanuary 25, 2005
Length31:41
LabelWalt Disney Records
ProducerBrian Rawling
Graham Stack
Brett Swain
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

The soundtrack contains songs from the film performed by various artists, as well as portions of the film's score composed by Joel McNeely. It was released on January 25, 2005 by Walt Disney Records.

  1. "Lesson Number One" – Lea Salonga and Chorus
  2. "Main Title" (Score)
  3. "Like Other Girls" – Judy Kuhn, Beth Blankenship, and Mandy Gonzalez
  4. "A Girl Worth Fighting For (Redux)" – Gedde Watanabe, Jerry Tondo, and Harvey Fierstein
  5. "Here Beside Me" – Hayley Westenra
  6. "(I Wanna Be) Like Other Girls" – Atomic Kitten
  7. "The Journey Begins" (Score)
  8. "In Love and in Trouble" (Score)
  9. "The Attack" (Score)
  10. "Shang Lives!" (Score)
  11. "Here Beside Me (Instrumental)"

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