Mulan (1998)

BARRY COOK, TONY BANCROFT

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.

USA, 1998.  Walt Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by , , , , , , , , , , , ,  Screenplay by , , , , , co-head writer , additional story material by , , , , , , , , , , , , .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .

The best Disney animated film since Beauty and the Beast is this animated epic based on a Chinese legend. Mulan (voiced by ) is a young girl who dresses up as a man to go off to war in place of her conscripted but ailing father. Her ploy works very well, but she’s only human, so when it comes time for love with the proper Army General (), she can’t help but have doe eyes for the hunky boy. ‘s hilarious Mushu the dragon provides great comic relief, the animation is superb, the music score by Jerry Goldsmith large in David Lean-like breadth and the lighter moments are blended in well enough to never take away from the force of the dramatic areas. The songs by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel are appropriately tuneful, though not as consistently memorable as they deserve to be.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Original Score-Musical/Comedy

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Original Score; Best Original Song (“Reflection”)

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