Mulan II

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Mulan II
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Genre: Animation
Comedy
Romance
Directed By: Darrell Rooney
Lynne Southerland
Written By: Michael Lucker
Chris Parker
Roger S. H. Schulman
Starring: Mark Moseley
Ming-Na Wen
BD Wong
Lucy Liu
Harvey Fierstein
Sandra Oh
Gedde Watanabe
Lauren Tom
Jerry Tondo
Photography: Color
Distributed By: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release Date: November 3, 2004 (premiere)
February 1, 2005 (United States)
Runtime: 79 minutes
Country: United States
Prequel: Mulan
Sequel: Mulan III (canceled)
Mulan (2020) (by release date)

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.

Plot

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.

Bad Qualities

  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. Some laughable lines due to the poor writing, like Mulan's "Duty to my heart" line.
  4. The plot is nowhere near as exciting as the first movie.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Some songs are repeated from the first movie, while the new ones are not as good (except for "Lesson Number One").
  8. 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.
  9. There are only two action scenes, and only one of them has a fight scene.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Shang's fake-out death is a blatant rip-off of Cliffhanger.
  13. 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.
  14. Some moments are mean-spirited, particularly the punch-in-the-face scene, which is also cliché.
  15. 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.
  16. It is unclear as to how Shang survived after falling off a cliff.

Good Qualities

  1. "Lesson Number One" and "Like Other Girls" are good songs.
  2. The voice actors do a good job.
  3. The animation is a step-up from other direct-to-video Disney films.
  4. The scenes with the army buddies and princesses falling in love are nice at times.
  5. Mushu's new voice actor for this film, Mark Moseley sounds very close to Eddie Murphy.
  6. 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.

Trivia

  • 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.

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Athaggard160

18 months ago
Score 4
No offense, but I find this movie okay.
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Emoboy69

10 months ago
Score 0
thats why its under the average films category
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Icy Hot

8 months ago
Score 3
I know for a fact that this'll be a lot better than the live-action remake.
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Blossom.Alyssa

7 months ago
Score 1
And guess what? You were right.
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CaptainJ

8 months ago
Score 0
This film looks more like a romantic drama.
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DatCoolRedstoneGuy Est. 2004

6 months ago
Score 0
This movie released as a premiere when I was born? Why? What made Disney do this?
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AgentLocke

4 months ago
Score 0
I rather watch this than the 2020 remake
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SuperSonicKazooie

3 months ago
Score 0

This direct-to-video sequel is just as atrocious as Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure. Scamp is very unlikable due to his selfishness and his dislike of his family as he insists that it's nothing but rules. Seriously just a lesson everyone: every family makes rules, and as Willie Tanner from the classic sitcom ALF would say, "We make rules and we follow them to keep our lives from becoming chaos. If anybody breaks those rules, anybody in life becomes impossible." The plot is beyond pathetic as it is about Scamp who wants to become a wild dog and be free from house rules, which not only that, but also the mess that he makes in the house (which led to Jim Dear chaining him outside to a doghouse as punishment) resulted in a very harsh argument with his father Tramp as he tries to reason with Scamp, but becomes upset at his son's demand to become a wild dog, insisting that Scamp is a part of the family whether he likes it or not, and he can just get used to being outside as punishment every single night until he starts acting like a family member, and so it ultimately leads to him freeing himself from the chain and running away from home.

So yeah, this is why I thought about Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure being added to Awful Movies Wiki considering how much I hate and detest that sequel for those reasons. The sequel even received mixed-to-negative reception.
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The Adaptation Expert

19 days ago
Score 0
So SuperSonicKazooie, are you going to do Little Mermaid 2 as well? I just want to know the opinions of part 1 puritist fans why Little Mermaid 2 isn't great othe than criticisms of being a plot ripoff of the 1st film.
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Yott5489

2 months ago
Score 0
How to ruin a character in 1 hour and 19 minutes

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