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Mulan II

(i)

 

Mediocre sequel has lightweight story; some peril, violence.
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 79 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
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
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

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

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Parent of a 6 year old Written byRachel Fox January 2, 2014

Shang dies! ...and then he doesn't.

This movie is a bit of a waste - mainly of your time. Doesn't really have any positive messages or redeeming qualities. It is annoying, though. In addition to the categories of violence, sex, language, consumerism, and drinking/drugs/smoking, there aught to be a category for sheer upsetting-ness/ sadness (and also maybe one for ugly behavior of characters - that's why we don't watch SpongeBob and Rugrats etc) . My husband turned on Mulan 2 for our daughter & himself while I ran some errands & to get a pizza. It looked stupid, but the commonsensemedia.org review did not make it seem THAT bad. Anyway, husband and I are talking in the dining room while daughter is watching the last ~25 minutes, and she runs in crying - I thought she had fallen off the couch and bumped her head at first, she was really crying hard (and she can be quite a squirrel - it's happened before that she's injured herself "just watching TV"). She was so upset at the apparent death of Shang that I couldn't get her to stop crying even though I held her and hugged her and then gave her to her dad for hugs and immediately Googled "Mulan 2 Shang" and I was going to type in "dies" - but that was the top on the list, right abouve "Mulan 2 Shang not dead". So, anyway, I am sorry for the rambling review, but I'd just like to say that we'd have warned her and/or stayed in the TV room with her if we'd known of this plot turn.
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 Mulan and learn the yin and yang of being a warrior. Yes there are some scary moments and there is "fighting" but that's all part of the typical, Disney formula. I found it educational as you get a glimpse of how Chinese culture is with daughters having to marry for duty and how they have conflicted feelings about what is expected and what they want to do. But Mulan balances that out as she is symbol of one who follows her heart, which is accepted by her parents and somewhat by Shang. You also see what compromise is and how to accept others for who they are too.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
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!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages