Mulan II

 
Mediocre sequel has lightweight story; some peril, violence.
  • Review Date: August 2, 2005
  • 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 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 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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Kid, 12 years old November 29, 2008
age 2+
 
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.
Teen, 14 years old Written bymkalv February 4, 2009
age 5+
 

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.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

A very funny movie!!

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

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