Mulan, later Li Mulan, is the protagonist of Disney's 1998 film Mulan and its direct-to-video sequel Mulan II. She is inspired by the legendary Hua Mulan from the Chinese poem The Ballad of Mulan.
In the original film, Mulan is only 16 years of age, and as the action of the 2nd film takes place one month on, is also likely to still be of that age. She is voiced by Ming-Na in all 3 titles (singing voice provided by Lea Salonga), and is an official Disney Princess, being the only one that is not a Princess by royalty. In the Japanese dub of the movie, Mayumi Suzuki does both her singing and speaking voices.
Mulan is typical to previous female roles in Disney films; she is braver, more self-reliant, and does not focus on marriage. She also does not fit in with the expectations of a young Chinese girl of the time: graceful, beautiful, demure, and quiet, but instead she is clumsy, outspoken, and independent. Her courage, intelligence, and determination also help her through her adventures. She is the first and only Disney Princess with an Asian appearence. She is voiced by Ming-Na and her singing voice is voiced by Lea Salonga, the same singing voice as Jasmine.
Mulan is shown to be the only child of Fa Zhou, a war hero, and Fa Li. Mulan is sent to the town matchmaker to find her a husband, which ends in humiliating failure. Shortly after, the Chinese Emperor's counselor, Chi-Fu, arrives in her village to announce that the deadly Huns, led by Shan Yu, have invaded China, and that one man in every family must serve in the war. Despite her protests, her father, a famed war veteran named Fa Zhou, says that he will go in spite of his old age and crippled body. Mulan decides to go in his place posing as a man, cutting her long hair with a sword and stealing her father's armor and rides away on her horse, Khan, so she will keep him from risking his life. Even though she cut her hair and it never grew back in the official Disney line her hair is as long as was at the beginning of the first film.
The sequel finds Mulan and Li Shang preparing to marry, but are distracted by a task from the Emperor, who wants his 3 Princesses escorted to their own marriage ceremony. Their relationship becomes somewhat strained during the trip, as the couple has differing views on various issues. Meanwhile, Mushu realizes that if Mulan marries Shang, she will not need him anymore as her guardian. Taking advantage of this, he tries many ways to get them to break up.
Disney Princess Enchanted TalesEdit
Mulan makes an appearance in the 2nd installment of the Disney Princess Enchanted Tales series of DVDs with Cinderella. It is to premiere in 2008. Nevertheless, it has been on hold.
House of MouseEdit
Mulan makes cameo of the House of Mouse television series and the direct-to-video release Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse.
Sora, Donald, and Goofy meet Mulan as "Ping" outside the army's camp with Mushu. Sora and Donald are shocked when Goofy reveals to them that she is actually a girl but promise to keep her identity a secret. The group join the army, where Mulan almost blows her cover after breaking up a massive brawl between Sora, Donald, and two other military recruits. Captain Shang has little faith in "Ping", despite the constant comments from Sora, Donald and Goofy. Mulan slowly impresses Shang, defeating Shan-Yu and his Heartless single-handedly by causing an avalanche, and even saves Shang's life. But Mushu accidentally gives away Mulan's identity. Shang, outraged of her deceit, chucks her and the others out of the army before leaving. Mulan and the others see Shan-Yu and several surviving Heartless emerge from the mountain and make their way to the Imperial City. Mulan fails to convince Shang to believe her, but she soon gets his trust again when the Emperor is kidnapped. Mulan, Sora and the others battle and kill Shan-Yu, Mulan being thanked personally by the Emperor who bows respectfully. Shan-Yu's sword then suddenly glows and gives Sora access to another world.
Mulan is reunited with Sora during his second visit to her world. Mulan is hunting a cloaked man who she believes is an enemy spy, but Sora knows it is a member of Organization XIII. Following the cloaked man to the mountains, they see a Heartless Dragon called the Storm Rider head for the Imperial City. They head there where they find the cloaked man (there are actually two, one being Riku) who reveals himself to be Xigbar. Mulan and the others battle the Storm Rider and defeat it. Mulan gives her support to Sora when he leaves to continue his journey to find Riku and Kairi.
In order to thank her for her unconditional loyalty, the Emperor makes her Captain Shang's partner, with the two of them serving beside him.
Mulan as she appears at the Disney ParksMulan appears regularly for meet-and-greets, parades, and shows at the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Mulan and Mushu (as a kite) make cameo appearances in the Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland Resort versions of It's a Small World.
On the Disney Cruise Line ships, Mulan and Shang appear in the stage show The Golden Mickeys. Mulan is also known to come out for meet-and-greets on the ships as well.
Disney On IceEdit
Mulan is also featured in the Disney on Ice shows Princess Classics and Princess Wishes, as a Princess, despite her lack of royal ties.