Mulan (1998 film)

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Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical adventure film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation for Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, it is the 36th Disney animated feature film, and the ninth animated film produced and released during the Disney Renaissance. The film was directed by Barry Cook and Tony Bancroft (in their feature directorial debuts) and produced by Pam Coats, from a screenplay by Rita Hsiao, Chris Sanders, Philip LaZebnik, and the writing team of Raymond Singer and Eugenia Bostwick-Singer, and a story by Robert D. San Souci. Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, Miguel Ferrer, and BD Wong star in the English version as Mulan, Mushu, Shan Yu, and Captain Li Shang, respectively, while Jackie Chan provided the voice of Li Shang for the Chinese dubs of the film. The film's plot takes place in China during an unspecified Imperial dynasty, where Fa Mulan, daughter of aged warrior Fa Zhou, impersonates a man to take her father's place during a general conscription to counter a Hun invasion.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Screenplay by
Story byRobert D. San Souci
Based onBallad of Mulan
by Guo Maoqian
Produced byPam Coats
Edited byMichael Kelly
Music byJerry Goldsmith
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures Distribution
Release dates
  • June 5, 1998 (1998-06-05) (Hollywood Bowl)
  • June 19, 1998 (1998-06-19) (United States)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$90 million[1]
Box office$304.3 million[2]

Mulan was the first of three features produced primarily at the Disney animation studio at Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney's Hollywood Studios) in Bay Lake, Florida. Development for the film began in 1994, when a number of artistic supervisors were sent to China to receive artistic and cultural inspiration.

Mulan premiered at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on June 5, 1998, and was released in the United States on June 19. The film was well received by critics and the public, who praised the animation, plot, characters (particularly the title character), and musical score, and grossed over $304 million. It earned a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination and won several Annie Awards, including Best Animated Feature. It was then followed by a direct-to-video sequel, Mulan II in 2004. A live-action adaptation directed by Niki Caro was released on September 4, 2020.[3]