Mulan II

Movie review by
Betsy Wallace, Common Sense Media
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Mediocre sequel has lightweight story; some peril, violence.
  • G
  • 2005
  • 79 minutes

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Mulan teaches lessons about balance. Through example and discussion, she also discusses the importance of following your heart instead of what others want you to do out of a sense of duty.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mulan believes that women should marry out of love instead of duty to parents, family, or government; she believes that the heart is the one true determinant in these matters. She also instructs children in the art of finding their own sense of balance in the world.

Violence & Scariness

Occasional cartoon violence and mild peril. Characters do battle with swords, tridents, fists, and feet. Two of the main characters hang precariously off a rickety wooden bridge.

Sexy Stuff

Some kissing and cuddling among couples in love. The theme of arranged marriage is only lightly touched upon. A girl sings about wanting to "bounce around in [her] underwear" during a musical sequence.

Language
Consumerism

Mulan is a Disney Princess, whose brand reaches far and wide. There are plenty of Mulan action figures and plush toys on the market.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mulan II is a 2005 Disney animated movie. There is some cartoon violence and peril throughout the film, but what shines through most is the theme of love being a decision made not by external forces, but by the heart itself. Besides the occasional violence -- fighting with swords, tridents, fists, and feet -- a girl sings about wanting to "bounce around in [her] underwear" during a musical sequence. Two of the main characters hang precariously off a rickety wooden bridge. There also is a large array of Mulan-themed action figures and plush toys for sale that tie in with this movie franchise.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2 and 5-year-old Written bykekumukula November 11, 2009

An appropriate sequel

I found this sequel to be entertaining. My two daughters LOVE this one also. Our favorite scene is the one of the all the little girls in the village idolize... Continue reading
Adult Written byPhoebeana April 13, 2012

YES U WILL LOVE IT AND THEY WILL 2

It's a great movie for kids and they will love it from start to finish!
Kid, 11 years old March 25, 2020

Don’t waste your time

This movie was a waste of money and time for Disney. They were trying to make it about love, but it didn’t work. This had no relatable characters, unlike Tangle... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byLiberpolo January 29, 2020

It is horrid

The first Mulan is fantastic, but HERE ... there's no good role models whatsoever, and it shows pathetic girls who need saving. Just like your classic Di... Continue reading

What's the story?

In MULAN II, it's one month after she's saved China from the Huns and Mulan (Ming-Na Wen) 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 dragon 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?

Good voice actors such as Ming-Na Wen as Mulan and Pat Morita as the emperor return for the sequel to the much-loved Mulan, but it has it problems. 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. Although 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.

Talk to your kids about ...

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

  • How are musical numbers used in this and other Disney films? What lessons do these songs try to teach?

  • What similarities and differences do you see between this film and other more modern Disney animated films?

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