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Mulan Collector's Set
DVD disk
09.18.2008 By: Sturdy
Mulan Collector's Set order
Director:
Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook

Actors:
Ming-Na
Pat Morita
Eddie Murphy

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Mulan: In China, young girl disguises herself as a male warrior to help her country defeat the invading Huns. She befriends a young dragon, who helps her on her quest.

Mulan 2: Before Mulan can live happily ever after with her man, sheís asked by the Emperor to escort three young women across China. Obstacles abound and Mulan is forced to choose between following her heart and following her duties.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Mulan: MULAN, HUNCHBACK, HERCULES and POCAHONTAS are four movies that I always lump together. They were released over a four year span and to me, signaled the end of Disney 2D animation. This is when Disney stopped trying to make a masterpiece of a film and decided to make as many as they could in order to maximize profits. The results are four average films that have similar themes and plots.

MULAN is not a bad film, itís just so average in every way that it doesnít deserve much attention. I always respected Disney and Mulan for finally portraying a female heroin as both normal and courageous, which goes against some of their earlier films. But the biggest downside to MULAN is also its biggest plus; Mushu. Eddie Murphy is great as a voice actor, but I could never shake the feeling that Mushu was added as an afterthought. His lines and place in the film seem out of place at times and a little distracting. But I suppose heís there for the little kiddies.

Mulan 2: I appreciate the fact that Disney needs to capitalize on previously successful films by making straight to DVD films, but this one was completely unnecessary. However, it looks like theyíve put a little more effort into making this one presentable than they have with their others. There is a plot, but itís more of an afterthought than a driving motivator for the film.

The main problem with the sequel is the overuse of Mushu (without Murphy). He was clearly the favorite amongst kids in the first one and so I guess the logic was to make him the focal point in the second one. Well, thatís the thing about sidekicks; theyíre great in small doses, not so much in featured roles. Needless to say, he gets annoying pretty quick. Overall though, thereís probably enough here to keep little kids entertained, but adults will be bored out of their mind.
THE EXTRAS
Mulan:

Commentary with Pam Coates, Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook: Theyíre commenting on the film as it plays, so they donít have anything planned and no one leads the commentary to keep it in a certain direction. They offer up a handful of interesting facts, but overall itís kind of dry and slow.

Deleted Scenes (22:49): You get a lot of deleted scenes for an animated film, including a deleted song. All of these are average and pretty much deserved to be cut. Also, most of these arenít finished, so you hear the dialogue over a series of sketches.

Backstage Disney: Mulan (65:10): These are actually broken up into numerous little featurettes, but I added them all together because they all keep the same format and they follow the same timeline. This is an extensive look at the making of MULAN and it takes you from conception to finished product. Itís interesting, but I was very frustrated at just how broken up it was. Just when something was getting interesting, it would cut to the next featurette.

Mulan 2:

Deleted Scenes (11:48): The producer and directors give a little intro into the deleted scenes. The scenes themselves are once again the voices over a bunch of sketches. I didnít see anything here that I really wanted in the film.

Backstage Disney: Mulan 2(3:56): All we get here are two very quick little featurettes talking about the music of MULAN 2 and a little map of the world of Mulan. Too quick to be worthwhile or interesting and theyíre probably geared towards the younger crowd.

Each film contains Music Videos, and Games
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I canít say Iím a big fan of either film, but at least the first one is watchable for the adult audiences. The second one is a vehicle to bring in cash and not worth the time or monetary investment on the part of the consumer.
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