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|Directed by||Darrell Rooney
|Produced by||Jennifer Blohm|
|Screenplay by||Michael Lucker
Roger S.H. Schulman
Freda Foh Shen
|Music by||Joel McNeely|
|Editing by||Pam Ziegenhagen|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Pictures|
|Running time||75 minutes|
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.
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.
- Ming-Na Wen as Fa Mulan
- Mark Moseley as Mushu
- BD Wong as General Li Shang
- Lucy Liu as Princess Mei
- Harvey Fierstein as Yao
- Sandra Oh as Princess Ting-Ting
- Gedde Watanabe as Ling
- Lauren Tom as Princess Su
- Jerry Tondo as Chien-Po
- Pat Morita as The Emperor of China
- George Takei as First Ancestor Fa
- June Foray as Grandmother Fa
- Freda Foh Shen as Fa Li
- Frank Welker as Cri-Kee/Little Brother
- Soon-Tek Oh as Fa Zhou
- April Winchell as The Matchmaker
- Mary Gibbs as Sha-Ron (uncredited)
- Lea Salonga as Mulan (singing voice)
- Judy Kuhn as Princess Ting-Ting (singing voice)
- Christopher Lloyd as Lord Qin (voice talent)
|Soundtrack album by various artists|
|Released||January 25, 2005|
|Label||Walt Disney Records|
- "Lesson Number One" – Lea Salonga and Chorus
- "Main Title" (Score)
- "Like Other Girls" – Judy Kuhn, Beth Blankenship, and Mandy Gonzalez
- "A Girl Worth Fighting For (Redux)" – Gedde Watanabe, Jerry Tondo, and Harvey Fierstein
- "Here Beside Me" – Hayley Westenra
- "(I Wanna Be) Like Other Girls" – Atomic Kitten
- "The Journey Begins" (Score)
- "In Love and in Trouble" (Score)
- "The Attack" (Score)
- "Shang Lives!" (Score)
- "Here Beside Me (Instrumental)"
- Official website
- Mulan II at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Mulan II at the Internet Movie Database
- Mulan II at Rotten Tomatoes
- Mulan II Original Soundtrack at Allmusic