Mulan 2

  • Review Date: August 2, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2005

Common Sense Media says

Mulan stumbles along the road to wedded bliss.
  • Review Date: August 2, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2005

Age(i)

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Mushu deliberately manipulates others and wreaks havocs for most of the movie. Mulan's "follow your heart" message gets muddled.

Violence & scariness

Punches and perilous situations.

Sexy stuff

Some kissing and cuddling among couples in love. The theme of arranged marriage is only lightly touched upon.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Mulan is a Disney Princess, whose brand reaches far and wide. Expect to see
Princess branding on consumer merchandise, food products, etc. as well
as in books, websites, and other media.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the violence in this animated movie isn't bloody, but it's virtually all unnecessary. The movie hammers home the message that following your heart is always the right choice.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In MULAN II, it's one month after saving China from the Huns and Mulan joyfully becomes engaged to her former captain, Shang. But they are quickly summoned by the emperor for a special mission. To seal an alliance with a neighboring nation, the emperor will send them his three daughters for marriage. Mulan, Shang, and a trio of misfit soldiers accompany the princesses to ensure their safety. The princesses quickly fall in love with the soldiers, however, and don't want to go through with the plan. Thanks to Mushu's meddling, Mulan and Shang break up, and must seal their own alliance even as they figure out how to save China again.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Good voice actors such as Ming-Na as Mulan and Pat Morita as the emperor return for the sequel to the much-loved Mulan, but clearly the creators had some difficulty figuring out how to build on the legend. Mulan II plays like a Saturday-morning cartoon, with a lightweight story that has China's savior playing matchmaker to three princesses. While in the first movie Mulan's independence and sense of self led her to disobey her father to protect him and save her country, here "following your heart" means that characters fall in love instantaneously, and then disregard agreements made with their parents. Instead of strong, they seem selfish and flighty.

Adding to the silliness is Mulan's watchful dragon Mushu. It's difficult to understand Disney's decision to include even more of this annoying character the second time around. Here, out of jealousy, he stirs up misunderstandings and eventually a grave conflict between Mulan and Shang. In the end events and feelings sort themselves out, but the process isn't very pleasant to watch. The trouble he causes isn't funny, it's sad. The DVD includes a shadow identifying game that may prove difficult for kids. The World of Mulan feature is fun and educational, with an exploration of Chinese cultural symbols.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of respecting others and how fulfilling your responsibilities sometimes shows even more inner strength then doing what you want

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 1, 2005
DVD release date:February 1, 2005
Cast:Lucy Liu, Ming-Na, Sandra Oh
Director:Darrell Rooney
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Princesses and fairies, Adventures
Run time:79 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all audiences

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Kid, 12 years old Written byanimefan November 29, 2008
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

I remember I was really excited when this movie came out. It was the reason my family bought their first DVD player (up until then, we had only owned a VCR!), because it was released on DVD. Sequels never compare to the original movie, and although this movie was great, the first Mulan movie will always be my favorite. The musical numbers in this movie are few-- there are three songs, and one is a reprise of another from the first movie. A couple years before Mulan 2 was released, I had read many fan fiction stories online and had expected that something similar would happen in the movie, like the return of the Huns, or a great story about Mulan's daughter carrying out the same journey Mulan did in the first movie... Mulan 2, in reality, wasn't as exciting as I had hoped. It's still a wonderful movie, though, and better than most of the Disney sequels. Young children probably won't understand a lot of the topics discussed, like 'your duty is to your heart' and arranged marriages, but they'll enjoy it. Older kids will like it too.

Kid, 12 years old Written byeggs April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

A very funny movie!!

When i whatched this movie, i laghed SO SO much at the fat guy!! It is HALARIUS!!!

Teen, 14 years old Written bymkalv February 4, 2009
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

First was funny, second is silly.

Why are Disney sequels never as good as the original? Just like Homewardbound 2, Mulan 2 is much worse than the original. It has a shallow plot, it isn't as funny, and there are not that much battle scenes.

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