Mulan II is a 2004/05 American direct-to-video Disney animated film directed by Darrell Rooney and Lynne Southerland and is a sequel to the 1998 film Mulan.
Mulan and Shang are about to get married, but Mushu fears he will lose his job when Mulan is accepted into Shang's family. Then the Emperor discovers that the Mongols (without mentioning a new Khan) are planning to attack, so he calls up Mulan, Shang and their allies Yao, Ling and Chien-Po to escort the three princesses Mei, Su, and Ting-Ting to the neighboring kingdom of Qui Gong so an alliance can be formed. But during their journey, Mushu attempts to break up Mulan and Shang while the princesses find love with the army buddies.
- Mushu goes from being a likable comic relief as he is in the first film to a self-centered jerkass. Mushu had been working five centuries to keep his job, but it doesn't change the fact that he puts his happiness above Mulan's.
- Contrary to his bravery in the first movie, Shang is ludicrously cowardly in one scene: he runs away from four small animal critters - a squirrel, a skunk, a porcupine, and a mouse. Really?
- Some laughable lines due to the poor writing, like Mulan's "Duty to my heart" line.
- The plot is nowhere near as exciting as the first movie.
- The way the characters are animated is a huge contrast from the first film. In the original, the main characters move realistically and the comic relief characters move cartoon-ish. In this film, however, all the characters move like comic reliefs which are out-of-place in a film that is supposed to be part of the Mulan franchise.
- Facial expressions, in some instances, are awkward. Particularly, when Shang says "And next time, don't leave your post!", his eyes shrink as if he just turned into a psychopath.
- Some songs are repeated from the first movie, while the new ones are not as good (except for "Lesson Number One").
- The film completely abandons the main premise, which is that the Mongols will invade China if the princesses don't get married to the princes of Qui Gong, towards the end of the movie as it supposedly and accidentally dooms China by three days by the Emperor himself, without even acknowledging it.
- There are only two action scenes, and only one of them has a fight scene.
- False advertising: In certain countries, the title of the film is Mulan II: The Final War, even though there is no "final war" in the film at all.
- There is really no danger or main physical antagonist in the plot of the movie, aside from Mushu due to worrying he'll lose his job if Mulan gets married, and those bandits in the fight scene as the only closet thing of antagonists.
- Shang's fake-out death is a blatant rip-off of Cliffhanger.
- The fact that the Mongols will invade China if the arranged marriage doesn't go through is treated more like an afterthought and not a big deal.
- Some moments are mean-spirited, particularly the punch-in-the-face scene, which is also cliché.
- Anachronism: Despite the film taking place a month after the first movie, somehow the Huns in this film quickly become the Mongolian Empire all within just a month, despite being eight-nine centuries apart in real life as the first film loosely takes place in the final years of the Han-Xiongnu War.
- It is unclear as to how Shang survived after falling off a cliff.
- "Lesson Number One" and "Like Other Girls" are good songs.
- The voice actors do a good job.
- The animation is a step-up from other direct-to-video Disney films.
- The scenes with the army buddies and princesses falling in love are nice at times.
- Mushu's new voice actor for this film, Mark Moseley sounds very close to Eddie Murphy.
- Unlike most mediocre sequels, Mulan II leaves no continuity errors and actually brings up some of the events from the first film.
- Shang meets Mushu.
- Mushu does the right thing in the end.
- Mulan and Shang become a couple, though the movie acknowledges there are a few differences between the two.
- Cri-Kee remains in character, even if Mushu doesn't.
- Yao, Chien Po, and Ling prove the Matchmaker wrong, like Mulan did in the first film.
- The Emperor isn't unjustified in wanting to deal with the Mongols without sending his army, considering his previous army had been wiped out by the Huns in the previous film.
- Eddie Murphy expressed interest in reprising his role as Mushu in this film, but was unable to due to a commitment to reprise his role as Donkey in Shrek 2, and therefore is replaced by Mark Mosely, who previously voiced Mushu in the video games and Disney's House of Mouse. Coincidentally, Moseley has also filled in for Murphy by voicing Donkey in the Shrek video games.